BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College Department of Athletics along with the Alumni Relations Office honors the great teams and student-athletes who have donned the 'Orange & Black' and achieved great success. This year at Homecoming, the 2006 Union baseball team will be honored as a 'Team of Distinction.
The 2006 Union College baseball team ushered in a new era of Bulldog baseball. The team set a program record for most wins in a season and captured the program's first-ever Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
The 2006 squad was one of the top offensive teams in the NAIA, ranking in the top 10 nationally in eight categories. The Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in runs scored per game (9.548), third in runs batted in per game (8.177), third in hits per game (11.516) and fourth in team batting average (.362). The Bulldog pitching staff wasn't too shabby either as it ranked 22nd in earned run average (3.730).
After starting the year off 1-2, the Bulldogs reeled off 11 consecutive wins. Union finished the season 48-14 overall to set the program record for most wins. The Bulldogs also went 14-4 in conference to place second in the regular season.
Come tournament time, Union began to roll.
The Bulldogs struggled in their opening round game, needing 10 innings to edge Bryan (Tenn.) 10-9. Union rolled past Milligan (Tenn.) 13-3 in the next round before defeating Tennessee Wesleyan 13-8 in the winners' bracket final. In the championship game, Union met up with Tennessee Wesleyan again. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Union was up 13-0 before Tennessee Wesleyan scored its only run in the 14-1 rout.
Union then entered the NAIA Region XII Tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs won two games in the regional before being eliminated.
The Bulldogs ended the season ranked as high as No. 11 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Poll.
Union was led by Justin Barrier, who was named the NAIA Region XII and the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Barrier batted .370 with eight home runs and a team-high 69 RBIs. Barrier was also a First Team All-Conference selection and a NAIA All-American honorable mention.
Four others also received First Team All-Conference honors and were NAIA All-American honorable mentions. The honorees were: Tim Galbraith, Justin Hart, Erin Satterlee and Kevin Smith.
Galbraith, an outfielder, batted .370 and scored a team-best 70 runs to go along with 38 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Hart, a catcher, led the team with a .418 average and had 20 doubles, four home runs and 52 RBIs. A second baseman, Satterlee posted a .382 average, scored 67 runs, belted a team-high nine home runs and drove in 67 runs. Smith, a relief pitcher, appeared in a then-program record 25 games and registered a 3.19 earned-run average, an 8-3 record with six saves.
The 2006 Union baseball team set the stage for the future success the program would achieve.
The team will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the 2006 Union baseball team are cordially invited to attend and are asked to RSVP by contacting either head coach Bart Osborne at [email protected] or at 606.546.1355, or by contacting Lisa Wyatt in the Advancement Office at [email protected] or 606.546.1619.
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