2001 Bulldog Baseball

Player Profiles

17 Rodney Deaton
P, Senior, 6-2, 215, Jackson, Tennessee
North Side High School

Lone senior pitcher…excellent work ethic has put him in a position to pitch significant innings…has improved is each season for the Bulldogs…must throw curve ball for strikes to be effective…from Northside High School where he played baseball and golf…was named All-District and All-Tournament at the Dyersburg Classic…had a 1.65 ERA his senior season striking out 75 batters in 53 innings…went 7-2 in 1997 with one save…played for the Jackson Eagles during the summer of 1997 where he compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.83 ERA.

Year  G  IP H R ER SV W-L ERA K BB B/AVG
1998 11 24.2 30 27 21 0 1-1 7.66 23 20 .300
1999 10 26.2 21 13 5 0 1-1 1.69 13 11 .212
2000 4 8.0 6 1 1 1 0-0 1.13 6 1 .214
Totals 25 59.1 57 41 27 1 3-2 4.11 42 32

#10 Seth Bennett
C, Senior, 5-11, 185, Jackson, Tennessee
Jackson State Community College


Team leader from the catching postion…solid defensive player…needs to be a consistant contributer in 2001 on offense…had a good year last season after missing all of 1999 with back surgery…Bennett is a take-charge kind of player...plays hard every single time out...transfers from Jackson State where in 1997 he had a season batting average of .360 for the Generals...prepped at Huntingdon High School where he played both football and baseball...was the 1996 District Most Valuable Player in baseball...earned honors including All-Region Offensive Lineman and All-Region Linebacker in both 1994 and 1995...was named All-District in baseball in 1996...his senior season for the Mustangs he hit .500.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
2000 36 99 14 27 1 2 2 17 .273 7 16

#8 Blake Wilsford
SS, Senior, 6-1, 190, Collierville, Tennessee
Volunteer State Community College


Hoping for an injury free season…solid performer last year I spite of playing hurt…the rare shortstop who can hit in the middle of the lineup...hit an impressive .321 last season with 7 homeruns and 36 RBI…a switch hitter with some power at the plate...is not a flashy player but a very steady shortstop...solidifies the middle...transfers to Union from Volunteer State where he played two seasons while helping to guide Vol State to a Region VII title, an East Central Division title, and an appearance in the World Series...in 1999, Wilsford hit .329 with 10 homeruns and 60 RBI...in 1998 he hit .331 with five homeruns...was named All-Conference his sophomore season at Vol State...prepped at Collierville High School where he earned All-District, Best of the Preps, All-State, and USA Today Honorable Mention All-American honors.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
2000 50 156 30 50 7 1 7 36 .321 25 19

#11 Stephen Russell
OF, Senior, 5-8, 165, Portland, Tennessee
Jackson State Community College


Will be most improved hitter from junior to senior year…will be a mainstay in the Bulldogs outfield…has deceptive power...is versatile enough to play either the outfield or second base...will play himself into the lineup somewhere...a "gamer"...transfers to Union from Jackson State...prepped at Goodpasture Christian High School his where he played baseball, and ran cross country...helped guide his team to a Class A State Championship in 1997...prior to Goodpasture, he played football and baseball for Portland High School.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
2000 45 87 21 19 8 0 2 14 .218 13 23

#22 Jamie Mosley
C/OF, Senior, 5-10, 175, Paris, Tennessee
Henry County High School


Has a strong arm and a quick bat…great work ethic…leads by example on and off the field…utility player who will catch, play first, and right field...has improved offensively...prepped at Henry County High School where he was a three-sport athlete including baseball, soccer, and football...helped guide the Patriots to a 1997 District 10-AAA Championship and a second place finish in the district tournament in baseball...hit .320 during his senior season.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
1999 18 36 1 10 1 0 1 6 .278 4 5
2000 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 1 3
Totals 25 43 1 11 1 0 1 6 .256 5 8

#21 Chuck Washburn
P, Junior, 6-3, 195, McKenzie, Tennessee
McKenzie High School


An example of Coach Fronabarger’s best work…former walk-on who has already recorded key victories over quality opponents…counted on for quality innings…continues to improve...prepped at McKenzie High School where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball...in his senior season of football earned All-Region honors as an offensive receiver...earned the Jeff Givens Sportsmanship Award...in basketball he earned Most Improved and the Andy Camp Sportsmanship Award.

Year G IP H R ER SV W-L ERA K BB B/AVG
1999 4 11.0 13 8 8 0 1-1 6.55 4 6 .283
2000 11 37.2 44 26 21 0 4-1 5.02 29 16 .288
Totals 15 48.2 57 34 29 0 5-2 5.41 33 22  

#27 Joseph Talley
P, Junior, 6-2, 195, Henderson, Tennessee
Chester County High School


A mainstay of the Bulldog staff for two seasons…continues to improve…will be closer based on previous success as reliever…posted a 5-2 record with a 2.96 ERA and 9 saves…Coach Rushing is confident when he gives the ball to Joseph...has good command of three pitches....prepped at Chester County High School where he earned several baseball honors in his high school career including All-District and All-Region.

Year G IP H R ER SV W-L ERA K BB B/AVG
1999 14 71.2 82 58 48 1 6-4 6.03 30 42 .284
2000 19 48.2 48 21 16 8 5-2 2.96 53 17 .247
Totals 33 120.1 130 79 64 9 11-6 4.79 83 59  

#29 Brad Taylor
OF, Junior, 5-10, 185, Jackson, Tennessee
Jackson Central Merry High School


Much improved defensively…has proven that he can hit at the college level…best pinch hit candidate…will not get cheated at the plate…has improved his power from the plate...an extremely hard worker...walked on in 1999 from Jackson Central Merry...played numerous positions for the Cougars...because of his versatile experience will be an asset to the Bulldogs.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
1999 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 2
2000 9 9 1 3 1 0 0 1 .333 2 1
Totals 14 12 2 3 1 0 0 1 .250 3 3

#30 Jeff Wyatt
3B, Junior, 6-0, 215, Jackson, Tennessee
South Side High School


Hitting ability is well known and documented…has worked hard to improve mobility and defense…can carry a team when he is hot...played with U.S. Athletes International last summer...led the team in hitting in his freshman season with a .426 average, in RBI with 78, in homeruns with 17, and in doubles with 26...earned TranSouth All-Conference honors as a freshman...set a new school record for Total Bases in a Season (162), Most Homeruns in a Game (3) and Most Doubles in a Season (26) ...prepped at South Side High School where he was a three-sport athlete including baseball, cross country and golf...helped guide the Hawks to three district titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998...earned numerous honors including All-District, Best Offensive Player, District Most Valuable Player, All-District Tournament, and All-Region...his junior and senior seasons was named Honorable Mention Player of the Year in the state...additional honors his senior season included District Player of the Year...helped lead his summer team, the Eagles, to state titles in 1995 and 1997...had a .490 batting average his junior and senior seasons.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
1999 56 195 45 83 26 1 17 78 .426 24 26
2000 55 1186 34 63 13 4 8 46 .339 7 22
Totals 111 381 79 146 39 5 25 124 .383 31 48

#24 Josh Fronabarger
1B, Junior, 6-0, 210, Huntingdon, Tennessee
Dyersburg State Community College


Clutch hitter…superior defensively at first base…keeps everyone loose…a versatile player who can play first base, third base, or pitch...can also handle the bat...transfered from Dyersburg State where he hit .329 in 1999 and hit .308 in 1998...was 4-2 in 1998 with a 2.52 ERA...prepped at Huntingdon High School where he played both baseball and football...earned All-District and All-District Tournament honors in baseball...was second team All-Region, second team All-West Tennessee, and honorable mention All-State in football...helped guide Huntingdon to a 1996 Region Football Championship, a 1996 District 14-AA Baseball Championship, and a 1997 District 14-AA Baseball Championship...his brother Brent is the assistant coach here at Union.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
2000 30 44 5 12 1 1 0 9 .273 5 9

#7 Blake Allen
P, Sophomore, 6-2, 205, Humboldt, Tennessee
Humboldt High School


Steps into the shoes of Satterfield and Lindsey with more than enough ability to fill those shoes…with continued improvement, can be one of our best ever…a lefthander that throws much harder than either of these two outstanding pitchers...might see some time for the Bulldogs as a closer this season...prepped at Humboldt High School where he played football and baseball...in both his junior and senior seasons was named honorable mention All-State and All-Region in football...earned baseball honors such as team MVP, Best of the West nominee, All-Region, and All-District...career batting average at Humboldt of .395 and a career 19-11 pitching record.

Year G IP H R ER SV W-L ERA K BB B/AVG
2000 7 71.1 72 36 29 3 7-3 3.66 53 28 .260

#20 Roger Cook
1B/DH, Sophomore, 5-11, 205, Jackson, Tennessee
University School of Jackson


Coming off a stellar freshman season…our most productive hitter who gives pop in the middle of the lineup…can catch or play first base…will be one of Union's starting catchers in the future...saw time at first last season and at the designated hitter spot…hit just shy of .300 with 30 RBI...prepped at University School of Jackson where he was a three-sport athlete in baseball, football and golf...helped guide the Bruins to a 1999 State Championship title...earned honors such as All-Region, All-District and All-State...batted .460 his senior season with 16 homeruns and 70 RBI...his junior season he batted .444 with nine homeruns and 72 RBI.

Year  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG BB SO
2000 52 141 31 42 11 1 3 30 .298 28 26

#2 Sam Neely
P, Junior, 6-0, 185, Jackson, Tennessee
University of Memphis


Transfer form the University of Memphis…live arm with an excellent slider…might be used as a closer.


#12 Corey Lay
P/OF, Junior, 6-2, 2000, Jackson, TN
Jackson State Community College


A great addition to our team from JSCC…will be a designated hitter and hold sown the #3 spot on the Bulldog pitching rotation…has really blossomed under Coach Fronabarger…at Jackson State, he was 3-2 with 4 saves and a 4.00 ERA…received the TJCAA Top Academic sophomore in Tennessee last season…prepped at JCM.


#13 Doug Taylor
2B, Junior, 5-9, 170, Chanute, Kansas
Neosho County Community College


Second baseman from Neosho County Community College in Kansas…superior defensive player…has the tools to be a great hitter if he stays within his capabilities…batted .350 last season at Neosho County CC…was named All-Conference and Academic All-American…prepped at Chanute High School.


#31 Ron Henson
P, Sophomore, 6-3, 225, Franklin, Kentucky
Volunteer State Community College


The big power pitcher everyone is looking for…superior fastball and ever better curveball…dead heat with Blake Allen for the #1 spot in the pitching rotation…at Vol State last season, he was named the All-Western Division team with a record of 11-1 and 1 save…his senior year in high school, he compiled a record of 11-0 with 116 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.45.


#1 Joel Hysmith
OF, Freshman, 5-10, 160, Jackson, Tennessee
Jackson Christian School


Three sport star at Jackson Christian School…a "gamer" …will play centerfield and lead off…the Bulldogs’ best bunter…prepped at Jackson Christian where he was named All-District three times and All-Region once…posted a career batting average of .415.


#3 Joey Price
2B/SS, Freshman, 5-10, 175, Dyersburg, Tennessee
Dyersburg High School


Shortstop who is ready to play defensively…working hard to improve hitting…prepped at Dyersburg High School where he was named ESPN/US Navy 1st Team Academic All-American and the Best of the West Academic Athlete of the Year among other awards…he holds the DHS record for batting average (.461) and times hit by pitch (16).


#4 Matt Glass
OF, Freshman, 5-8, 165, Metropolis, Illinois
Massac County High School


Great combination of speed and arm strength…will see significant playing time…can make things happen offensively…prepped at Massac County HS where he played baseball and football…batted .517 with 7 HR, 62 runs, and 28 stolen bases…named All-Conference in both sports plus All-Southern Illinois in baseball…holds Massac County record for hits in a season (55) and runs scored in season (62)


# 5 Travis Moore
OF, Junior, 6-0, 170, Tullahoma, Tennessee
Motlow State Community College


Transfer from Motlow State Community College where he helped lead his team to the Juco World Series…solid outfielder…most improved hitter from fall to spring…batted .313 with 5 HR and 35 RBI last season at Motlow State CC…holds the Motlow State CC season and career record for walks…prepped at Tullahoma High School where he was named to the All-District and All-Region teams his senior year.


#14 Nash Powell
P/OF, Freshman, 5-9, 175, Jackson, Tennessee
University School of Jackson


Freshman pitcher/outfielder who was a member of the University School of Jackson team that won the 1999 State Championship…will see significant action as long reliever and spot starter.


#25 Marcus Glass
C, Freshman, 5-9, 165, Metropolis, Illinois
Massac County High School


Freshman catcher with a cannon arm…great quickness behind plate and on bases…will take over Union’s catching duties at some point…played football and baseball for Massac County HS…his senior year he hit .515 with 48 RBI and a pitching record of 8-3…holds the Massac County record for wins in a season (10), RBI in a season (58), and RBI in a career (130)…named All-Conference, All-South, and All-State his senior season.


Bart Conrad
C, Freshman, 5-10, 160, Evansville, Indiana
Harrison High School


Redshirt catcher for the 2001 season…a great asset to team…will do the dirty work this season with anticipation of payoff down the road.


Adam Graig
3B, Freshman, 6-0, 170, Millington, Tennessee
Millington High School


Redshirt infielder for the 2001 season working this season to get stronger.


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