JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/3/2006 - The Union University Baseball team split their opening double header on Friday with Union College (Ky.). Union College took the first game over Union University 4-3 in 8 innings. In the second game, Union University earned the win 2-1. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.
Today's games marked the first game for new Union University head coach Brent Fronabarger. Fronabarger took over after 17-year head coach Andy Rushing resign after last season. Fronabarger was Rushing's assistant for eight seasons.
Union lost the first of the two seven-inning games 4-3 in 8 innings. Union trailed 3-0 at one point and then rallied back to tie the game at 3-3. However, Union College tallied a run in the top of the eighth to take the lead. Union University hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eight to end the game. Humboldt native Jud Powers went 2-for-3 with and RBI, while former North Side standout Kyle Yates went 2-for-4 with two runs in the game.
In game two, Union University took the early lead with a tally in the bottom of the second. It remained 1-0, until Union College tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth. Union scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth with the help of a lead off triple by Jason Cooper. Humboldt native James Brasfield drove in Cooper with a sacrifice fly. Brasfield also earned the win by pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Union University will play Union College again on Saturday in one nine-inning game starting at 1:00 pm at Union's Fesmire Field.
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