McKENZIE, Tenn. - 4/23/2010 - The No. 13 Union (Tenn.) University baseball team posted a double-header split on Friday at Bethel (Tenn.) University. Union lost the first game 4-3 and then took game two 5-1 in eight innings. Union moved to 33-12 on the season and 10-4 in the TranSouth. Bethel is now 27-13-1 overall and 5-9 in league play.
Josh Jones was the difference for Union in the second game. Jones hit his team-high ninth and tenth home runs in the game, recording all five RBI for Union. His solo shot in the second inning gave Union the lead. Union pitcher Derek Copley made that lead hold up for six innings. However, Copley allowed a lead-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to Jake Ramsey, putting the tying run on base. Jeremy Stack entered the game in relief to try for the save. But Bethel executed a sacrifice bunt to move Ramsey to third, and then scored Ramsey on a squeeze play to tie the game. The game went to extra innings tied at 1-1. After a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk for Union, Jones came to the plate with two outs. His second homer of the game, a grand slam, broke open the 1-1 tie and propelled Union to the win. Stack (3-2) struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth innings to get the win. Beau Baker joined Jones with two hits in the contest.
Game one was tied 1-1 going into the fifth inning. Union scored twice to take the lead. However, Bethel answered back with three in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score. Union’s Carl Harken (7-2) took the loss, tossing a complete game, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out seven hitters. Union managed only three hits, including two from Clint Barnes and one from Jones.
Union remained in second place in the TranSouth with a 10-4 record, just two behind lead leader Cumberland (Tenn.) at 12-2.
Union and Bethel will play again, weather permitting, at noon on Saturday at Bethel.
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