JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/30/2006 - The Union University softball team posted two wins on Thursday night under the lights at Union's Fesmire Field. The Lady Bulldogs swept the Cougars of Mid-Continent University (Ky.) 5-0 and 8-7. Union improved to 21-9 on the season while Mid-Continent fell to 14-10 overall.
In the first game, Union used a combined two-hit performance by Jackie Cliff and Bethany Burnett to post the 5-0 win. Cliff (5-4)tossed five innings allowing just two hits while striking out four batters. Burnett tossed two innings of perfect relief including three strikeouts. Offensively, Union was led by former Jackson Christian School standout Jessica Kee. Kee went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Michelle Albonetti added two RBI in her 1-for-3 performance.
Game two proved to be much for eventful for Union. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mid-Continent tied the game with a run each in the top of the second and third innings. Union added a run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead. To this point in the game, Union's senior first baseman Danielle Pope has all three of Union's RBI.
Union then added another run in the bottom of the four inning as Kee led off with her fourth home run of the season. However, Mid-Continent answered right back on a three-run home run by Kim Erickson to give the Cougars a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Union answered with two more runs started by a two-out RBI single by Bolivar's Kristen Kirk. Union held the slim 6-5 lead going into the seventh and final inning of play. Burnett came in to relieve Union starter Chrissa Norton. Mid-Continent promptly took the lead with two runs, one of which was unearned. However, like they had done twice already in this game, Union answered Mid-Continent's scoring. Kylie Sullivan led off with a walk, Pope laced her fourth hit of the game to center field. Norton, then doubled to drive in Sullivan to tie the game. After a walk to Kirk, Kee then flied out to shallow right field. Pope, the runner on third base, bluffed going home and returned to third, however, a wild throw back to the infield by Mid-Continent's right fielder allowed Pope to cross the plate for Union's winning run.
Pope went 4-for-4 with three RBI and one run in the game. Sullivan added a 2-for-3 night with three runs scored. Despite losing the lead for a brief moment, Union's Burnett earned the win to improved to 4-1 on the season.
Union will open TranSouth Conference play on Friday, March 31 at home with Cumberland University (Tenn.) comes to Fesmire Field for a 3 p.m. double header.
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