For the Mountain Advocate
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College baseball used a strong performance from their pitching staff, along with some timely hitting from JT Green (FR/Glasgow, Ky.) to knock off No. 15 Campbellsville (Ky.), 7-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Jerry Carey Stadium in NAIA action.
With the win, Union moved to 27-11 on the year, while Campbellsville fell to 22-7 with the defeat.
In the first, the Bulldogs got off to a very fast start, scoring four runs on five hits to leap out to a quick 4-0 lead.
In the frame, Zach Dillman (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) got the scoring started with an RBI double with one out, scoring Zach Gross (JR/Bowling Green, Ky.) (who led the inning off with a double) to make the score 1-0. Next up was Nelson Price (SR/Burkesville, Ky.), who hit the third double of the frame for Union, scoring Dillman to make it 2-0.
After Green scored Price from third base on a RBI ground out to make it 3-0, Vance Sullivan (SR/Verona, Ky.) roped an RBI single to center, scoring Tyler Young (JR/Manchester, Ky.) to make it a 4-0 game.
The lead, however, was short lived for the Bulldogs, as Campbellsville struck back with five runs in the top of the second to go up 5-4 after an inning and a half.
After a calm third and top of the fourth, the Bulldogs knotted the game back up in the bottom of the inning, as J.D. Burrell(SR/Amanda, Ohio) scored on a Justin Elder (SR/Seven Mile, Ohio) RBI to tie the game up at 5-5 entering the fifth inning. In the bottom of the frame, Campbellsville was able to get the first two Union batters out, as the Bulldogs sent Price to the plate.
Price was able, however, to get on base on a Tiger error. The mistake proved to be costly for CU, as after a Young single sent Price to third, Green cleared the bases on a two-RBI double to deep center field, giving Union a 7-5 lead after five innings.
Once the Bulldogs grabbed the lead back, they never gave it up, as Union rode the bullpen to a victory. After the five-run outburst by Campbellsville in the second, the Tigers only clawed one more run across the rest of the game (in the top of the sixth), as six Union pitchers allowed just one run on two hits over the final six innings of action.
In the ninth, Price came on, and retired the side in order to earn his fifth save of the season, as Union was able to walk away with a big one-run victory over the Tigers.
Overall, Young had the best game of the day at the plate for Union, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Dillman was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Green ended the day 1-for-3 with a game-high three RBI, as well.
Starting pitcher Erik Tarbell (SR/Mecosta, Mich.) (7-1) was able to collect the win for Union, as the Bulldogs kept the Tigers in check all game using nine total pitchers.
By the Numbers
- ¥ The Bulldogs improved to 18-7 at Jerry Carey Stadium on the year with the victory, which was their first over Campbellsville since April 2, 2013 (when the Tigers were ranked 21st).
- ¥ Green entered Wednesday’s game with just one RBI on the season, tripling his number of RBI on the season in the win.
- ¥ Dillman continued his hitting streak in the win, extending it out nine games. It was also the sixth time in the last nine games that Dillman posted double-digit hits in a game.
- ¥ Young’s three-hit performance was the best of his season to date.
The Bulldogs leap back into Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Friday evening, traveling to Bryan (Tenn.) for a single nine-inning contest. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.