March 26, 2002 11:00 pm
NO HITTING ALLOWED: Union pitcherJennifer Sasser struck out 10 Pine-Eaglebatters Tuesday in her no-hit softballvictory over the Spartans. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
NO HITTING ALLOWED: Union pitcherJennifer Sasser struck out 10 Pine-Eaglebatters Tuesday in her no-hit softballvictory over the Spartans. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By Pat Perkins

Observer Staff Writer

UNION Jennifer Sassers no-hitter was impressive, but her teammates defense behind her was what impressed Union softball coach Steve Robertson.

She did a great job, but we made the plays behind her. We made no errors, Robertson said.

Sassers no-hitter was the second in her three-year career; she no-hit Adrian at the end of last season.

The junior allowed just three baserunners, two on walks and one on catchers interference. Two of those baserunners advanced as far as third base, but Sassers 10 strikeouts kept the Spartans from putting the ball in play. When Pine-Eagle did get the ball in fair territory, Unions defense swallowed it up.

Its a lot easier to pitch with the bases empty than with runners on second and third, Robertson said.

Union (2-0) got the only run it would need in the first inning. The Bobcats didnt get a hit, however, until the fourth inning, when it manufactured three runs on a combination of fielders choices and walks.

Melissa Helmer had two hits, and Colbi Robertson added two RBIs.

Union scored four runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. For awhile, Robertson was worried about the bats, but later he had an explanation for the late start at hitting.

Weve spent all our time on defense. We havent seen an awful lot of pitching, he said.

All six of our hits came in the last three innings. That means were adapting and making the adjustments we need to.

In two games this season Union has scored 23 runs and given up four.

It was a good team effort, Robertson said. Eventually, everybody did their job.

Pine-Eagle 000 000 0 0 0 2

Union 100 314 x 9 6 0

L.Peer, Petersen (6) and Miller; Sasser and Goodman. WP Sasser (2-0). LP L.Peer.

Union hits Helmer 2, Wike, Savely, Hall, Brotherton. RBI Helmer, Savely, Robertson 2, Weitlauf.

Baseball loses, wins

STANFIELD Mistakes in the field cost Union a baseball game Tuesday, but the Bobcats bounced back with a second-game victory over Stanfield.

The Tigers won the first game 13-3 in five innings thanks to an 11-run first inning. Union grabbed the second game 16-7 behind four-hit performances from Shae Prince and Mike Maley.

I thought we showed a lot of heart, Union coach Greg Poor said. We had that bad first inning and came back.

Union committed four errors in the first inning of the first game.

We had a horrible start. We played really nervous, Poor said.

None of Stanfields runs were earned, but when Prince replaced Todd Satterfield on the mound after just one out, Prince gave up two hits the rest of the way.

He calmed things down for us, Poor said.

Prince did even more at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI in the first game and 4-for-4 with two RBIs in the second game.

Maley was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Jeremy Shankel was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Union led 9-6 when it exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Union 102 00 3 7 8

Stanfield (11)10 01 13 8 0

Satterfield, Prince (1) and Fiorito; Boedwig and McQuown. WP Boedwig. LP Satterfield (0-1).

Union hits Maples 2, Prince 2, Fiorito, Goodman, Dodds. 2B Prince. 3B Maples. RBI Prince.

Union 230 301 7 16 12 3

Stanfield 201 102 1 7 9 4

Maples and Fiorito; Flemmer and McQuown. WP Maples (1-0). LP Flemmer.

Union hits Maples, Satterfield, Prince 4, Maley 4, Shankel 2. 3B Maples, Prince, Maley. RBI Maples, Satterfield, Prince 2, Maley 4, Shankel 3.