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Union baseball splits twin bill with Harris-Stowe

Cody Dew

JACKSON, Tenn. - 3/28/2012 - The Union University baseball team posted a double-header split at home Wednesday afternoon versus Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) University. Union took the first game 11-10 and then fell 7-3 in the second game. Union is now 17-12 on the season, while Harris-Stowe is 15-20.

Union led 6-1 after the first inning and seemed to be cruising to a victory. However, Harris-Stowe scored six runs in the fourth to take the lead back. The game was back and forth over the next few innings with Harris-Stowe leading 10-9 going into the bottom of the seventh. Union’s RJ Rayborn singled and his pinch runner, Wacey Russell, scored on a triple by Clint Barnes to tie the game. Barnes scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly from Brett Pawlan. Cody Dew (8-0) earned the win in relief, allowing no runs on two hits in the final 1.1 innings of work. Four Union pitchers threw in the game. Pawlen and Rayborn led Union with three hits each. Barnes and Doug Joyce led with two RBI each. Union pounded out 16 hits in the game. Harris-Stowe’s Josh Mendoza led with two hits and five-RBI in the game, including a 3-run home run.

In game two, Union led again after one full inning, this time 2-1. Union led 3-1 after four innings, but Harris-Stowe scored six unanswered runs. The Hornets scored four times in the fifth to take the lead with the help of a 3-run home run from Blake Dirnberger. Union had just four hits in the game, and scored twice on a wild pitches. John Read (2-2) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in five innings of work. Eric Estes (1-0) earned the win in relief for Harris-Stowe.

This weekend’s schedule for Union baseball versus Cumberland has been adjusted. The double-header is now scheduled for Friday at 4:00 p.m., with the single game Saturday at noon.


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