JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/19/2007 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs softball team extended their winning streak to six games with a double-header sweep of conference rival Freed-Hardeman University. A combined 18 innings were played late into the evening on Thursday as both contests needed extra frames. The Lady Bulldogs won the first game 2-1 in 10 innings, and took the nightcap 5-4 in eight innings. Union improved to 29-12 on the season and 19-6 in the TranSouth, which is good for second place. Freed-Hardeman dropped to 24-11 overall and 16-10 in league play.
In the first game, both teams went scoreless for nine innings. Union starter Cassie Turley and Freed-Hardeman hurler Tarrah Tucker both went the distance. Union's Turley did not allow a runner to reach third base until the 10th inning when the international rule took affect. Union had just two runners reach third base in the game prior to their 10th inning rally. Freed-Hardeman scored with a run in the top of the tenth inning. After a sacrifice moved the runner to third, Brittany Caldwell singled to drive in the only run for the Lady Lions. Union answered in the bottom of the tenth. Michelle Albonetti sacrificed Candace Cross to third base. Amy Chatham tripled home Cross to tie the game. Chatham then scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Tucker.
Union, had just four hits in the game by four different players. Chatham had the team's only RBI. Freed-Hardeman boasted just five hits in the game, also by five separate players. Caldwell recorded the lone RBI. Turley, now 13-8 on the year, tossed 10 innings, allowing just five hits and one run with eight strikeouts. Tucker (8-6) took the hard luck loss with 9.1 innings pitched, allowing just the four hits with 12 strikeouts and six walks.
Game two saw more offence right away. Freed-Hardeman scored first with two run in the first inning sparked by a lead off walk to Carman Gulley and a double by Jacqueline Stinson. Union tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning capped off by a two-RBI single by Ashley Walters. The Lady Bulldogs added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead with RBI singles from Candice Thompson and Walters. Freed-Hardeman, who had been silence by Union hurley Amy Chatham since the two runs in the first inning, broke out with four hits in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game. A lead-off double by Gulley followed by singles from Stinson, Johnson, and Caldwell completed the rally. Union got a baserunner in the bottom of the frame with a walk to Chatham but couldn't score. However, in the bottom of the eighth, Union's Brandy Hoffman led off with a single, followed by a sacrifice by Mandy Elder. Bolivar native Kristen Kirk then doubled home Hoffman for the game winner.
Union will be in action again this Saturday, April 21 at home versus No. 7 Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.). Gametime for this key TranSouth Conference double-header is 1:00 pm.
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