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Union splits double-header at No. 14 William Carey, takes weekend series


Beau Baker

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - 3/13/2010 - The Union (Tenn.) University baseball team posted a double-header split on Saturday at No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) University. Union won the first game 12-4 and lost the second game 10-9. Union also took the series opener on Friday night, 8-4.

The Bulldogs of Union are 16-3 on the season, while William Carey is 13-11.

Union jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a big first inning. Union scored in each of the first four innings and five of the first six to build their 12-3 lead. A run by the Crusaders in the bottom of the seven cut the final scored to 12-4. Union’s Josh Jones led with a 3-for-4 game, including four RBI and his fifth home run of the season. Clint Barnes also added three hits and three runs scored in the game. Beau Baker added three RBI and two hits. Senior Carl Harkin (4-0) earned the win, tossing six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts.

In the second game, Union again jumped out early with a six run first inning. Danny Grimm led off with a home run to start the scoring. Union added three more runs in the second off a Grant Luke 3-run homer. Union seemed in control, leading 9-3 after two innings. However, William Carey scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to cut Union’s lead down to 9-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Crusaders hit for the cycle in the bottom of the seventh as they scored five runs on five hits to earn the win. Dustin Smith drove in Jordan Prout with a single to win the game. Jeremy Stack pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out four. Kevin Kirksey entered in relief and allowed the four runs on four hits in one inning of work. Kirksey started the seventh, but was relieved by Brad Davis (0-1) who allowed two runs on three hits to earn the loss. Union did not retire a batter in the seventh inning.

Up next for Union will be a home game on Tuesday, March 16 versus Belhaven (Miss.) University at 4:00 p.m.

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