JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/2/2011 - The No. 24 Union (Tenn.) University softball team split a pair of conference games at Bethel (Tenn.) University. Union won the first game 9-0 in five innings, before falling in the second game 3-0. Union is now 7-1 on the season and 3-1 in the TranSouth. Bethel is now 4-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.
In the first game, Union scored in all five innings as they won the run-rule game 9-0. Union got started with a run in the first and then three more in the second. After scoring one run each in the third and fourth innings, Union added three more in the fifth to seal the win. Union got home runs from Brittany Burkett and Shelby Lamb. Miranda Mullen led Union with three hits. Burkett led the way with three RBI, all coming on a pinch hit home run. The reigning conference pitcher of the week, Brooke Thomas (4-0), produced another impressive performance with four innings of two-hit ball. Selmer native Caroline George saw her first action of the season and her career after missing all of last season with an injury. George tossed a perfect fifth inning with two strikeouts.
Game two had several missed opportunities as Union out-hit Bethel 8-6 and was helped by an error and two walks, but could not score. Bethel’s Jennifer Townson did all the damage herself as she was 2-for-3 in the game with all three Bethel RBI. Union’s Tobie Joy led the Lady Bulldogs with three hits.
Up next for Union will be the Union Classic on Friday and Saturday at Fesmire Field.
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