Despite students and faculty members being out of school for spring break, several of Union’s athletic teams continued to compete and participate in their seasons.
The softball team took on Gulf South Conference members Valdosta State and Christian Brothers University.
On March 28 the team traveled to Valdosta, Georgia, to participate in a three game series against the No. 1 ranked Blazers.
However, VSU proved to be too much for the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Blazers boast a 19-1 GSC record, and 34-2 overall record.
The Lady Bulldogs dropped the first game 0-3 followed by the second game of the series, 1-9.
On March 29 the two teams squared off in the final game of the weekend, where the Lady Blazers were once again victorious, winning 2-0.
The second series the softball team participated in over spring break had different results. On April 3 and April 4, the Lady Bulldogs took on Christian Brothers University.
In the first game, Union took control early and maintained the lead throughout the game, resulting in an 8-3 win. Saturday produced similar results as the Lady Bulldogs claimed the second game of the series, 8-0 and the final game, 4-3.
Kelly Robey, senior sports management major and pitcher, said she was very impressed with her team’s defense over the break but said that overall the team’s offense needs some work.
“Our defense has been spectacular for the most part this season, but over the break we struggled some offensively,” Robey said. “The games this past weekend really brought some much needed confidence back, and we really need to keep that confidence going into the last part of the season. If we continue to work on the offensive part of our game, we stand a great chance of doing well for the remainder of the season and hopefully in the conference tournament.”
The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, April 11, as they participate in a three game series against the University of West Alabama.
The baseball team also took on Valdosta State and CBU over the break.
On March 28, the Bulldogs dropped the first game against the Blazers, 1-6. However, in the second game of the series, the Bulldogs came out victorious, 2-1.
On March 29, Union only scored one run in the loss to the Blazers for the final game of the series, with a score of 1-6.
In the next series the team participated in, the Bulldogs welcomed the CBU Buccaneers to the Fesmire Field house. On April 3, the Bucs came out on top in a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs.
However, April 4 proved to be a better day for the Bulldogs as they won the second game of the series, 5-2 and the third game, 7-0.
“The wins against CBU definitely boosted our team’s moral,” said Teddy Christie, sophomore physical education major and pitcher. “We are very excited and we now have more confidence. Hitting was key for us in the wins and we played really good defense and pitched well also.”
On April 7, the baseball team will host Trevecca Nazarene University with game time set for 6 p.m.
The men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to the University of West Florida to participate in the Argonaut Invitational as part of their spring break.
The men’s team placed 16th and the women’s placed 10th out of 16 teams.
Kaycee Lindberg, sophomore sports management major, said this past tournament was tough on the team mentally and physically as they had just come off playing a heavy amount of golf.
“This tournament was a 54 hole tournament and so with us playing 36 holes the Monday before, and 18 the Tuesday before, we did not do a very good job of adjusting and not letting the fatigue factor affect us,” Lindberg said. “Right now two of the major things we are working on is being more consistent and more competitive for our tournaments to come.”
The men’s golf team will compete in the Natural State Classic at Harding University (Arkansas) on Monday, April 6 before they compete in the GSC championships on April 20 and 21. Up next for the women’s team is the Cumberland University Invitational on April 13 and 14.