MILLINGTON, Tenn. - 4/29/2008 - The Union University Bulldogs defeated Lambuth University 6-3 in the 2008 TranSouth Conference Baseball Tournament. The win for Union keeps the Bulldogs alive in the tournament as they move their season record to 25-15-1. Lambuth's (29-22) conference tournament run ends, however, the Eagles have earned one of the TranSouth's three automatic bids to next week's Region XI Tournament.
After spending their high school careers playing at Humboldt High School, Judson Powers and James Brasfield both came to Union University to play baseball. Now seniors at Union, the two are trying to help extend the season for the Bulldogs past the conference tournament. Powers slapped a three-run homer in the first inning to give Union a 3-0 lead over Lambuth. After Union had added two more runs in the bottom of the third, Brasfield hit is second homer of the season in the fourth to put Union up 6-0.
Lambuth began to rally back as the Eagles added a run in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh. However is was Powers who pushed Union to the win with two scoreless inning of relief to earn his sixth save of the season.
Union second team All-Conference player Carl Harken earned his second win in as many starts this season versus Lambuth with seven innings of work. Harken, now 6-3 on the season, allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
Powers led Union offensively with a 2-for-4 day, four RBI and the homerun. Five other Bulldogs added one hit each, including Brasfield's homer. Andrew Hansen and Shaun Cozart, both name first team All-Conference performers, combined for two hits and three runs scored in the game.
Union advances to day three of the tournament and will play the loser of the #1 Trevecca Nazarene University and #4 Cumberland University on Wednesday at 12:00 noon.
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