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No. 19 Union baseball splits double-header at Martin Methodist

David Maristany

PULASKI, Tenn. - 4/2/2010 - The No. 19 Union (Tenn.) University Bulldogs split a conference double-header on Friday at Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College. The Bulldogs won the first game 12-1 and dropped the second game 6-5. The third game of the weekend series will be on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in Pulaski.

Union took control in the first game by scoring four runs in the top of the second. Union put the game out of reach in the fourth with six more runs. Two more in the sixth ending the game early, 12-1.

Union was led by Clint Barnes with three hits and three RBI. Kevin Kirksey added three RBI as both he and Barnes recorded home runs in the game. Every Union starter recorded at least one hit in the game, including five with at least two hits.

Senior Carl Harken (5-1) was the beneficiary of the run support. However, Harken didn’t need it all as he allowed just one run on seven hits with four strike outs in this six-inning complete game.

In the second game, Union seemed to be in control after a three-run home run by David Maristany put the Bulldogs up 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning. However, Martin Methodist rallied back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-3. Derek Copley started the game for Union on the mound and when five innings, allowing six hits, three runs, two earned while striking out two. After Union was held scoreless in the top of the sixth, Kirksey (1-1) entered the game in relief for Union in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed three runs on three hits to give up the lead. Kyle Bowers had the 2-RBI hit that put his team up 6-5. Travis Garcia finished his complete game victory with a shaky, but successful top of the seventh. Union managed two runners with no outs, but could not score.

Union was led by Maristany with three RBI in the second game and Kirksey with two hits.

Union is 23-7 on the season and 2-3 in the TranSouth. Martin Methodist is 13-17 overall and 2-3 in league play.


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