BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - A starting pitcher sets the tone for a baseball game, and very few did that any better for the Bulldogs than Nate Zettler, who is being inducted into the Union College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Zettler will be formally inducted into the Union Athletic Hall of Fame during the Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Oct. 5 during the school's Homecoming festivities.
From the day he set front on campus, Zettler was a forced for the Bulldogs on the mound. From 1999-2002, he compiled impressive numbers and still holds 10 program records, including most career wins (27), most games started (45), most complete games (28) and most innings pitched (286.0).
Zettler's best season came during the 2001 campaign when he rocked a 9-2 record with a 2.37 earned-run average. The Bulldogs won a then-program best 41 games in 2001. This was the first time Union recorded a 40-win season.
He followed that with another 9-2 record in 2002 as he struck out a career-high 77 batters. For his efforts, Zettler was named First Team All-Mid-South Conference in 2001 and 2002.
After his collegiate career, Zettler made his mark professionally, becoming the first Bulldog to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when the Kansas City Royals used the 588th pick in the 20th round on him.
But Zettler was much more than a baseball player.
Zettler served four years as the director of the Bulldog Buddies and was an active member of the Repair Affairs. In 2000-01, he was the treasurer of the Student Government Association before being elected as the SGA President in 2001-02. Zettler was also a Student Trustee in 2001-02.
In the classroom, Zettler also exceled as he was named to the Academic All-Conference Team in 2001 and 2002.
Since graduating in 2002, Zettler played professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals' farm system and for the Florence Freedom, an independent baseball team. He was a police officer for the City of Hamilton, Ohio, for five years, and currently works for AstraZenca Pharmaceuticals as a sales specialist in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A winner on and off the field, Zettler is a perfect for the Union College Athletic Hall of Fame.
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