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Union baseball splits double-header, salvages final game in weekend series


John Reed

JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/10/2012 - The No. 14 Union University baseball team earned a 2-1 win in the second game of the double-header with Freed-Hardeman University Saturday at Fesmire Field. Union dropped the opening game of the double-header 2-0. Freed-Hardeman also won the series opener Friday night, 8-6.

Union (12-5-1, 1-3-1) rallied from a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the fourth. Doug Joyce singled to left with the bases loaded, scoring Kian Jost and Cole McAdams. Union starter John Reed tossed five innings, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts. Reed improved to 2-0 on the season. Cody Dew tossed the final two innings, including entering the game in the top of the sixth with no outs and a runner on base. Dew earned his third save of the season by tossing a scoreless two innings, allowing two hits.

Union managed just five hits in the game, two coming from Jost. Freed-Hardeman starter Newby Hunter (1-3) tossed a complete game in the loss, giving up just six hits and allowing two runs with no strikeouts.

In the first game, both pitchers were above average on the mound, but it was Freed-Hardeman’s Andy Southard who dominated the day. Southard (6-0) faced the minimum, allowing just one hit, one walk while striking out one hitter in his complete game shutout. Both runners were erased on double plays. Union’s Jared Davis (0-2) took the hard luck loss, allowing just two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Union’s lone hit came from Kody Pinson in the third.

Freed-Hardeman scored first in the first on back-to-back doubles by Justin Mackey and Robert Prieto. Their second run came on a wild pitch in the third.

Union will play next, Monday, March 12 at home versus No. 15 Belhaven (Miss.) at 3:00 p.m.

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