JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/19/2010 - The Union (Tenn.) University baseball improved to stayed perfect on the season with a 7-4 win over Missouri Baptist University in the first game on Friday. However, the Bulldogs dropped their first game of the year in a 1-0 loss to Indiana University-Southeast in the second game. Union is now 5-1 on the season, while Missouri Baptist is 1-2 and Indiana-Southeast is 2-1.
In the first game, Union fell behind 1-0 after a Spartan run in the top of the first. Union answered with three runs in the bottom of the first with the helped of a two-run homer from Corey Rudolph. Union added four more runs in the second inning to go up 7-1. A two-run homer from Kevin Kirksey and a two-run triple from Beau Baker accounted for the four RBI. Union’s Carl Harken (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing four runs and striking out eight batters. Brad Davis earned the save with on inning of relief, recording three outs on two pitches thanks to a game-ending double-play.
The second game was scoreless until Indiana-Southeast posted the game’s only run in the top of the fourth inning. A throwing error led to the unearned run after Cameron Conner singled to start the inning. Union’s Jeremy Stack (0-1) allowed just three hits and the one unearned run with six strikeouts in seven innings. However, Indiana-Southeast pitcher, Adam Lipke, earned the win with seven innings of four-hit ball while striking out 10 batters. Union left seven runners on base.
Up next for Union will be a matchup of the same teams on Saturday. Union will play Indiana-Southeast and Missouri Baptist back-to-back, following the Missouri Baptist and Indiana-Southeast game at 11:00 a.m.
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