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Union Baseball Tops No. 24 Freed-Hardeman 5-3 in Series Opener

JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/11/2008 - The Union University Bulldogs continued their winning ways of late with a 5-3 win over No. 24 ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University. The game was the first of a three-game TranSouth Conference set with the final two games to be played on Saturday at Union, beginning at 12:00 noon. With the win, Union improves to 18-10-1 overall and 7-5-1 in the conference. Freed-Hardeman drops to 26-10 on the year and 10-5 in league play.

This win for Union puts them in a tie with Freed-Hardeman with five losses in conference play. Union has also won 11 of their last 16 games.

The Freed-Hardeman Lions struck first with a solo homerun from the second hitter of the game, Jarrett Jones. Union took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, capped off by an RBI single from Humboldt native Judson Powers. The Lions committed two errors to accompany Union's two hits in the inning.

The score remained 3-1 until Freed-Hardeman tied the game in the top of the sixth inning with two runs. Angel Nicholas used and RBI ground-out while Zack Smith slapped the team's third single of the inning to record the second RBI.

However, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Union tallied two more runs. After a run-scoring throwing error from the Josh Hester and an intentional walk to Powers, Union's James Brasfield roped an RBI single to put the Bulldogs up 5-3.

Union's Greg Abram, now 3-2 on the season, entered the ninth inning with the lead. Following a lead-off walk, Powers came in to save the game for Abram. Abram tossed 8.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts. This was Powers third save of the season.

Hester for Freed-Hardeman took the tough loss after tossing 7.0 innings, allowing five runs, but just three earned. He struck out 12 Union hitters, but his defense committed four errors behind him.

Union was led by Judson Powers on a 2-for-3 night with an RBI. Fellow Humboldt native James Brasfield and also Luke Grant added an RBI each for Union.

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