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Union Baseball Opens Season with Triple Header Sweep

JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/23/2008 - Luke's Second Homer of the Day Lifts Union in 13th Inning

The Union University Bulldog baseball team finally got to play games to start of the 2008 season. After having their first seven games canceled because of the tornado that struck the campus and one more due to rain, the team opened the season with three wins on a rare three game afternoon.

In the first game, Union defeated Huntington University (Ind.) 8-5 thanks to back-to-back three run innings in the bottom of the third and forth frames. Humboldt native Judson Powers led Union with a 2-for-4 day with three RBI. Greg Abram posted the win, giving up five runs and seven hits over his five innings of work. Kevin Kirksey recorded his first save of the year with two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three hitters.

Game two saw the Bulldog take down Missouri Baptist University 5-3. Six different players had one hit each for Union, with James Brasfield posting two RBI. Carl Harken posted his first win with five innings of work, allowing just two runs and four hits. Matt Carter recorded the save with two innings of three hit and one run relief.

The night cap took as long as the first two games combined. Almost four hours after it started, Union sophomore Grant Luke pulled a pitch over the left field fence to lift Union to a 9-8 win in 13 innings over Huntington University. Union scored seven runs in the first inning and looked to be in control. However, a seven run rally by Huntington in the top of the third tied the game at 8-8. The score remained 8-8 until Luke's homer in the bottom of the 13th inning. Powers, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the game, recorded the win in relief with one inning of work in the top of the 13th inning, allowing just one walk and striking out one hitter.

Up next for Union will be home double header on Wednesday, February 27 versus Spalding University (Ky.).

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