JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/17/2010 - The No. 12 Union (Tenn.) University baseball team completed the series sweep over Mid-Continent (Ky.) University with a 4-3 victory on Saturday. Union junior Kevin Kirksey hit a game-winning solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to give Union the win. Union improved to 32-9 on the season and 9-3 in the TranSouth. Mid-Continent dropped to 8-31 overall and 2-10 in league play.
Kirksey’s sixth home run on the season broke a 3-3 tie and completed Union rally for the win.
Union led 2-0 after single runs in the third and fourth innings. However, Mid-Continent rallied with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take the lead. Union, who had scored 23 runs and hit eight home runs in the double-header on Friday, was held at bay on Saturday. Union tied the game in the eighth inning. Corey Rudolph singled and then stole second base. He scored on a single by Alex Turner to tie the game at 3-3. Union left two runners on base in the eighth.
Jared Davis got the start for Union and tossed six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts. Jeremy Stack, who had missed his last two conference starts due to an injury, tossed the final three innings. Stack (2-2) earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out four over this three innings of work.
David Maristany, Josh Jones and Turner led the Bulldogs with two hits. Four different Union players recorded one RBI each.
Kalip Merrill (1-4) went the distance for Mid-Continent, allowing four runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts.
Up next for Union will be a double-header at (RV) Missouri Baptist on Tuesday, April 20. Union then plays a key TranSouth series at (RV) Bethel (Tenn.) on Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.
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