JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/28/2012 - The No. 15 Union University softball team closed out the regular season with a double-header sweep over Martin Methodist College. Union, who had already clinched the TranSouth Regular Season Title, won the first game 2-1 and took the second game 3-2.
With the two wins, Union reached the 40-win mark on the season for the first time since 2007 (40). Union is now 41-10 overall and finished 27-5 in the TranSouth. Martin Methodist, who is receiving votes in the latest NAIA polls, dropped to 37-19 overall and 20-10 in league play.
In the second game, Union was down 2-0 after Martin Methodist scored once each in the first two innings. Union answered back with a pair of runs in the third to tie the game. The score stayed at 2-2 until the bottom of the seventh. Union’s Shelby Lamb led off with a double. After a sacrifice bunt from Stephanie Saunders moved Lamb to third, Katie Davis hit the first pitch she saw into left field for the game-winning hit. Kelly Robey (18-4) pitched out of trouble all game, but earned the win allowing two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts. Lamb and Davis led Union with three hits each.
The first game had Union going on top 2-0 after single runs in the second and third innings. Martin Methodist scored once in the fifth, but Union held on for the win. Brooke Thomas (20-6) allowed just one run on four hits with five strikeouts in the game. Union left numerous scoring opportunities on the bases as the Lady Bulldogs had seven hits, four walks and left 10 runners on base. Alex Williams and Lamb led Union with two hits. Jenyce Spence and Tobie Joy had one RBI each for Union.
Up next for Union will be the TranSouth Conference Tournament, May 2-4 at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex in Jackson. Union will be the tournament’s top seed and will play 8-seed Lyon (Ark.) at 7:30 p.m. May 2.
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