BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College pitcher Luke Collis tossed seven and a third innings of shutout ball, leading the Bulldogs to a 6-0 victory over Davenport (Mich.) in the teams 2013 home season opener at Jerry Carey Stadium on Friday.
With the win, Union improved to 2-0 on the young season, while Davenport, who is receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches Poll, falls to 0-1.
Overall, UC only had six hits in the game, but patience was the name of the game today for the Bulldogs. In all, the Bulldog line-up forced the Davenport pitching staff to throw 17 base on balls on the afternoon.
The 17 walks in a game is a new Union College program record, besting the mark of 16 set in 2000 against Ashland (Ohio). Individually in the base on balls category, second baseman Miguel Mendez walked four times, tying a program record for most walks in a game with six other UC players.
The win marked the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the Bulldogs won their home opener at Jerry Carey Stadium, with the only losses coming in 2005 (8-6 to Cumberlands) and 2012 (5-4 to Iowa Wesleyan). The Bulldogs also start a season 2-0 for the fourth time in the last five years, with 2010 being the only season in which UC didn't start 2-0.
On the mound, Collis (1-0) earned the win, giving up just two hits and a walk in seven and a third, while striking out five. For Davenport, starter Jordan Anderson took the loss, giving up four runs (all earned) and six walks in just two innings of work.
After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, the Bulldogs struck for three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Center fielder LaVance Anderson smacked a two RBI single to center with one out, scoring Ben Hartley and J.D. Burrell, while Gabby Juarbe had the other RBI, a two-out single that scored Anderson.
The three-run lead was more than enough for Collis to work with over the rest of the contest.
By the Numbers
• Union only had one player have multiple hits on the day, and that was third baseman Jackson Arnett, who went 2-for-3 with two walks.
• Union has now forced 26 walks in their first two games on the 2013 season. Last season, when UC forced at least nine or more walks, they went 3-1.
• The Bulldogs have recorded exactly six hits in both of their games on the year.
• A UC player (Mendez) walked four times, marking the first time that had occurred in a Bulldog game since March 1, 2011, when Clay Ragland accomplished the feat against Cumberlands (a 13-9 loss at home).
Union continues it's three-game weekend set with Davenport tomorrow at Jerry Carey Stadium. First pitch for game two of the series is set for 1 p.m.