Union baseball, softball and golf teams to play this weekend

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Union’s baseball team huddles during a game against University of West Alabama last fall. | Submitted photo by Steven Aldridge
This weekend Union’s sports teams will play home and away games, with the golf team beginning to wrap up their spring season in Tennessee and Arkansas.

Union baseball will kick off their first home game of the weekend against University of West Alabama Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., followed by another game at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs will also play a third game against UWA on Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m.

The baseball team said they plan to maintain their winning streak after beating Christian Brothers University in two home games last weekend.

“We learned that we should have better focus throughout the game,” said Marty Coursey, freshman business administration major and pitcher. “We are a talented team, but we are a very young team, and we have learned that we need to focus more and try our best.”

Union’s softball team will also compete at home against University of West Alabama as well on April 11 and 12. Game times are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Having won all three games against Christian Brothers last weekend, the team said they are optimistic to beat UWA in their upcoming games.

“The games against Christian Brothers really brought back our confidence at the plate,” said Kelly Robey, senior sports management major and team captain. “We started to hit really well, and that is [what] we are going to need the remainder of the season.”

Robey acknowledged that as long as Union plays well together as a team, they have potential to win against UWA.

The men’s and women’s golf teams will compete on Monday and Tuesday, April 13 and 14, for their last tournament before the NCAA Gulf South Conference championships. The men’s team will play in Heber Springs, Arkansas, hosted by Harding University, while the women will compete in Lebanon, Tennessee, in a tournament hosted by Cumberland University, with both teams planning on teeing off at 8 a.m. both days.

“In golf, every stroke counts, and that can be the difference in where we place as a team,” said Rachel Clardy, graduate assistant for the women’s team. “A big part of it is playing your best.”

Each of the players have individual goals they are working on to improve the team’s performance as a whole, Clardy said. A mixture of NCAA and non-NCAA teams alike will compete in the tournament.

Image courtesy of Steven Aldridge
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