HENDERSON, Tenn. - 5/8/2008 - The Union University softball team continued their post season run with a win over Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University in the 2008 NAIA Region XI Tournament. Union's Ashley Walters got the win and also posted seven RBI in the game to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
This marks the second time this post season that Union has eliminated the Lady Lions from a tournament. Just last week, Union topped Freed-Hardeman in the TranSouth Tournament at Union.
Union (37-21) is the six seed in the region tournament and will now advance to play the third seed, Georgetown (Ky.) College in a first round rematch. Union won that game 7-4.
Union scored first with three runs in the top if the first inning. However, the host Lady Lions rallied for two in the bottom of the frame cut into Union's lead. The score remained 3-2 in Union's favor until the Lady Bulldogs exploded for seven runs in the top half of the fourth inning. The big blow came with All-Region selection Ashley Walters slapped a three-run inside-the-park homerun. Union added four more runs in the fifth inning to seal the five-inning win.
Union was led by Walters with a 3-for-4 night including seven RBI and three runs scored. Lindsey Landreneau also added three hits in the game. Michelle Albonetti, Ashley Blankenship, and Candice Thompson each added two hits for Union. Albonetti and Blankenship drove in two runs each.
Not only was Ashley Walters the offensive hero, but also was produced a great pitching performance. Walters, now 5-2 on the year, allowed just two runs on five hits in five innings with one strikeout.
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