JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/3/2010 - The Union (Tenn.) University baseball team defeated No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) University 9-2 on Wednesday afternoon. Union, who received votes in the NAIA preseason rankings, improved to 13-2 on the season. William Carey dropped to 10-8 on the season.
As they have all season, Union jumped on their opponent early with two first inning runs. Through their first 15 games of the season, Union has scored 32 runs in the first inning. Three walks, a hit-by-pitch and a fielder’s choice produced the two runs without the benefit of a hit. Clint Barnes got Union’s first hit with a double in the second. He then scored on an error.
Trailing 3-0, William Carey got into the scoring column with two runs in the third. An RBI double from Jacob Casey and a sacrifice fly from Daniel Covert capped off the scoring for the Crusaders.
Union responded with three more runs in the third, followed by single runs in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Union scored at least one run in each of the first six innings.
Union was led by Alex Turner with a 2-for-4 afternoon. Grant Luke led Union with two RBI. Danny Grimm and Corey Rudolph led with two runs scored each. Senior ace Carl Harken (3-0) earned the win with six innings of work, allowing just the two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Jeremy Stack (1) earned the save by tossing the final three innings, allowing no runs and two hits while striking out three batters.
Skylor Burts (0-1) took the loss, pitching only one-third of an inning to start the game. Three William Carey pitchers combined to allow just six Union hits, but handed out four walks and seven hit batters.
Up next for Union will be a road double-header on Saturday, March 6 at Ecclesia (Ark.) College at 12:00 noon.
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