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No. 17 Union softball gets two wins on first day of classic


Stephanie Saunders

JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/9/2012 - The No. 17 Union University softball team posted wins in both of their games in the first day of the Union Softball Classic. Union defeated Davenport (Mich.) University 10-2 and then knocked off No. 21 Columbia (Mo.) College 5-1 in the final game of the day. Union improved to 15-4 on the season.

Other action from Friday’s game including No. 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) defeating Davenport 5-4, Columbia defeating Midway (Ky.) 8-0, and Saint Xavier defeating Midway 7-3.

In Union’s first game, the Lady Bulldogs scored quick with four runs in the first. Jenyce Spence did most of the damage on a 3-run home run. Davenport rallied with two runs in the third, but Union scored in the third, added four more in the fifth to lead 9-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Union’s Keaton Kirk led off the inning with a first pitch homer to walk-off with a run-rule victory for Union.

Kelly Robey (7-1) tossed a complete game allowing two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts. Stephanie Saunders led the way with a 3-for-3 day. Shelby Lamb and Katie Davis added two hits each with Spence leading the way with her three RBI.

Game two of the day for Union was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning versus No. 21 Columbia. Union produced their third 4-run-inning of the day in the bottom of the fourth. Lamb led off with a home run. Alex Williams and Kirk later doubled, accounting for the other three RBI in the frame. Union added another run in the fifth and then Columbia spoiled the shutout with a tally in the seventh.

Brooke Thomas (7-3) allowed four hits in seven innings of work, with one run and nine strikeouts. Williams was 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead Union.

Union will face Midway at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a 5:00 p.m. game versus St. Xavier to close out the classic.

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