JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/27/2010 - The Union (Tenn.) University baseball team salvaged a win in the weekend series with No. 19 Cumberland (Tenn.) University by way of a double-header split on Saturday. Union dropped the first game 16-5 and then won the second game 7-5. Cumberland took two-of-three games from Union in the TranSouth series with a 2-0 win on Friday night.
Union is 21-5 overall and 1-2 in the TranSouth, while Cumberland goes to 25-6 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
Union led 1-0 and 4-2 in the first game of the day before Cumberland rallied to lead 5-4 on a three-run homer by Kris Miller. Union tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the third after Kevin Kirksey’s RBI double. However, with two outs and nobody on, Cumberland strung together 11 straight hits, including home runs from Troy Frazier and Sam Kikla, to score 11 runs in the frame. Jeremy Stack (1-2) took the loss, allowing nine runs on 10 hits with four strike outs in 3.2 innings of work. Relievers Brad Davis and Colin Hatch allowing five and two runs respectively. Seven different Union players each recorded one hit each, with Alex Turner leading the way with two RBI. Cumberland pounded out 18 hits in the game, 11 in the fourth inning alone.
Game two was dominated by Union pitcher Derek Copley (5-1) with a complete game effort, allowing five runs on six hits with six strikeouts. All five of the runs allowed came in the final two innings. Over the first five innings, he allowed no runs on just two Cumberland hits. Union scored in the first with an RBI single by Beau Baker. Union added four more runs in the third, the big blow coming on a Josh Jones 3-run home run. Union tacked on insurance with one run in each the fourth and sixth innings to secure the win.
Up next for Union will be a trip to Jackson, Miss. for games with Tougaloo (Miss.) and Behaven (Miss.) on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30 and 31.
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