JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/24/2011 - The No. 16 Union (Tenn.) University baseball team posted a 2-1 win in 13 innings over Bethel (Tenn.) University on Thursday night at Fesmire Field. Union improved to 22-5 on the season and TranSouth best 6-1. Bethel dropped to 14-11 overall and 4-6 in league play.
Union scored the winning run in the bottom of the 13th on a wild pitch from Bethel reliever Gavin Lindsey (2-1). Lindsey tossed 2.2 innings, allowing no hits and striking out one. Kevin Kirskey reached second base on a dropped fly ball from the Bethel’s right fielder. Kirksey then advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
Both starters went 10 innings in the game. Union’s Jeremy Stack, a former Madison Academic standout, tossed 10 innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run with seven strikeouts. Joey Wilder gave up eight hits and posted five strikeouts in his 10 innings, allowing just one unearned run.
Union scored first in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back hits from Justin Bryan and Brett Pawlen. Bryan’s single fell in front of the leftfielder, who misplayed the ball, allowing Bryan to get to second. He then scored on the double from Pawlen. That score stood until the top of the eighth when Bethel’s Chase Pilkenton reached second on a throwing error from Union’s third baseman. Zane Mathis, the pinch runner, scored on a single from pinch-hitter Celtic Rush.
In the top of the 10th inning, Pilkington narrowly missed a go-ahead home run that hooked just foul of the left field pole. Union had their next scoring chance in the bottom of the 10th when Justin Bryan singled and moved to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, Kevin Kirksey singled to left and Bryan was thrown out at home on a perfect throw from Jay Lowery to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Matt Fike (2-1) entered the game in the 10th for Union and tossed three perfect innings for in relief, striking out three batters for the win.
Union out-hit Bethel 8-3 in the game and was led by Pawlen, Oscar Depablos and Bryan with two hits each.
Union and Bethel will play a double-header on Friday at noon at Fesmire Field to wrap up the conference series.
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