TNóThe Union University Bulldogs took advantage of an
opportunity not may college athletes get, a chance to play a
professional team. On Monday, April 2, the Bulldogs took on
the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx at Pringles Park. Union won this
six-inning exhibition game by the score of 2-1. This would be
the first time Union has battled a pro team since the 1970
season when they lost to the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on a Boog
Union used a little help from the Diamond Jaxx as
right-hander Ben Christensen pitched for the Bulldogs.
Christensen, a 1999 No. 1 draft pick by the Cubs, pitched all
six innings for the Bulldogs allowing only three hits and one
run. Union took care of themselves at the plate and in the
field as they collected five hits on the day, one of which was
for extra bases, and recorded no errors in the field. Unionís
head coach Andy Rushing stated after the game, "We didnít
play scared on defense or at the plate. Thatís a great
thing. We made every play and just did what we were supposed
The Diamond Jaxx scored their only run in the bottom of the
first when Jorge Piedra tripled and scored off of a sacrifice
fly to right by David Kelton. In the top of the second, the
Bulldogs scored their two runs off left-hander Dave Noyce.
Unionís Travis Moore led off the second by reaching on a
Chris Haas throwing error. He then stole second and scored on
a double down the right field line by Doug Taylor. Unionís
third basemen Jeff Wyatt, then singled home Taylor to make the
In return for Christensenís six strikeouts and six
innings of three hit ball, the Bulldogs helped him by playing
errorless ball. Throw in a double play in the bottom of the
second and a diving catch by backup center fielder Matt Glass,
you could say the Bulldogs held their own and them some.
from Chanute, Kansas, and I watched Christensen pitch when he
was at Wichita State," Unionís Doug Taylor said.
"I thought we were going to face him today, and that
would have been really something. But this was fun. Iíd been
struggling the first of the year, but I cam around about two
weeks ago. I hope to build on this." Taylor went 1-2 on
the day with a run scored and a second inning RBI double.
Unionís sophomore catcher/first baseman added, "We came
out and hit the ball better than some thought we would. I was
just looking for a good pitch to hit and got two fastballs. It
was good for us to see some real good pitching because weíre
about to go into a big conference weekend at Berry." Cook
went 2-3 on the afternoon.
Unionís pitching staff got the day off and it was a good
thing. Starting today, Union will play six games in five
days including a pivotal conference series at league leading
Berry College. Union is currently in third place in the
conference with an 8-4 record and a 20-11 record overall. The
Bulldogs hope to continue the momentum of the past few weeks
as they have rattle off six wins in a row and have won 12 of
their last 14.
April 2, 2001 at Pringles Park, Jackson TN - Exhibition
Union University 2, West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 1 (six innings)
WP - Ben Christensen, LP - Dave Noyce, Save - None (Note:
Diamond Jaxx RHP pitched for Union)
E: JAXX - J. Piedra, C. Haas 2.
DP: UU - 1. LOB: UU - 8, JAXX - 1
2B: UU - D. Taylor; JAXX - G. Johnson. 3B: JAXX - J. Piedra
SB: UU - T. Moore. CS: UU - Matt Glass, J. Wyatt
LH: UU - Matt Glass 1-1, J. Wyatt 1-2 RBI, R. Cook 2-3, D.
Taylor 1-2 RBI. JAXX - C. Hass 1-2, J. Piedra 1-3 Run.