Southern Union's baseball team opened conference play by claiming three out of four games against Central Alabama Saturday and Monday.
The only loss for the Bison came Monday against one of the best pitchers in all of Alabama community college baseball, but outside of that game they were clearly the superior team.
The Bison began the series Saturday with a hard-fought 6-5 win.
SU trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Bison put together five hits in the inning, with the key blow coming off the bat of Jake Spivey. Spivey hit a line drive off of Central Alabama pitcher James Adcox that turned into a two-run single, and that ended up being the difference in the ballgame.
Haydon Moss got the win in relief for SU, while Andrew Cronan recorded his third save of the season by getting the last five outs of the game.
Kasey Clark went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Casey Baynes had an RBI triple in three trips to help pace the SU offense.
SU 12, Central Alabama 2
Southern Union scored at least one run in every inning as they blasted their way to a five-inning12-2 win in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Brody Syer’s two-run single in the fifth stretched the lead to 10 runs to invoke the mercy rule and end the game.
Syer went 2-for-4 and also scored a run. The Bison benefited from six walks and hit batsman, and they needed just seven hits for that 12 run output.
Trey Harry, getting his first start of the season at second base, went 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.
Brock Young pitched the complete game, allowing two runs on three hits (all in the first inning) and striking out four. Young, a Ranburne graduate is now 5-0 on the season.
Central Alabama 5, SU 0
The Bison were the latest victims of Trojans pitcher Carter Gannaway, who gave up just one hit and recorded nine strikeouts in Monday’s 5-0 Trojan win. Gannaway is now 2-2 with a 2.19 ERA and a league best 42 strikeouts.
Mitchell Rottier had SU’s only hit, while pitcher Logan Ross took the loss despite allowing just one earned run in 5 and 1/3 innings.
SU 10, Central Alabama 6
The Bison bounced back in Monday’s series finale to claim a 10-6 win.
Casey Baynes went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI for SU, which scored seven runs in the fourth inning to build an insurmountable 8-3 lead.
Cameron Land got the win for the Bison, and Cronan earned the save despite allowing a run in the seventh.
Southern Union is now 10-8 and will begin a conference series against Lawson State, owners of a 13-game winning streak, Thursday.
The Southern Union softball team won two games against Wallace Dothan Saturday before dropping a pair against Chipola Sunday.
Haley Lyner and Kenzie Bayer both homered in Saturday’s opener in Dothan, a 10-2 SU win.
The Lady Bison delivered 12 hits on offense and got a complete-game from pitcher Maddie Morton.
Jacey Akin and Ansley Ogletree had two hits apiece, and Madison Purcell went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
The good times continued on offense for SU in Lady Bison’s 15-7 win in game two against Dothan.
Bayer went deep again as part an 18-hit eruption in which 13 different Bison recorded at least one hit. Katlyn Jaye paced that effort with three hits in four at-bats, while Kelsey Jaye and Cyndi Thornton added two hits apiece.
SU then lost 10-1 in its first game against Chipola Sunday. The lone bright spot in that game came on a solo home run by Bayer, who left the yard for the third straight contest.
SU then closed out the weekend road trip with a 5-2 loss to Chipola in which Haley Lyner went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
Bayer and Lyner are both tied for the conference lead in home runs with seven apiece. Lyner is now hitting .484 with a stellar 1.562 OPS, while Bayer is hitting for a .455 average with a 1.371 OPS and 33 RBI.
SU was 17-7 heading into Tuesday’s doubleheader against East Georgia State. The Lady Bison will take on LaGrange College Wednesday.