Welcome to The Doghouse, a weekly column recapping Union University sports action from the weekend.
This weekend, the Union Jaxx were eliminated from the postseason, while baseball participated in the conference tournament.
Ultimate ended their season with a 5-1 weekend, taking second at the DIII Southeast Regional Tournament.
Then, Union defeated the defending National Champions, No. 2 Georgia College 13-10, and Wilson said it “was one of the most memorable and proudest moments I’ve ever had of being on the Jaxx.”
The final game was against No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville, who were on a 12 game winning streak. The winner would advance to nationals.
For their performances this weekend, and all season, Lance Dell was Union’s MVP and Levi Shaw was the team’s Rookie MVP. After announcing these accolades, the team gathered to reflect on their growth this year. The captains, Wilson and Stephen Neu, along with coaches Harrison Hayes and Dodgen Swanson, congratulated the players on their hard work, especially thanking Jesse Dahms for his dedication to the team since founding it in 2013.
“Our success does not stop here,” Wilson said. “Our team is wrought with incredible talent and athleticism, and, with the right leadership, can become one of the top team programs in the nation. The bond that the players have on this team with each other is special, and nothing can take that away. We have sweat, bled, cried, cheered, and come together in ways that are hard to describe.”
“We have a bond that is not going to be broken and friendships that are made on this team that will last a lifetime,” Wilson said. “There is no way I will forget the memories and the good times I’ve had with the team, nor will I forget the lessons learned or hard times that we’ve gone through together. I know for a fact that all seniors feel the same way that I do about this team and how special it is. Once a Jaxx always a Jaxx.”
Union’s baseball team had two games in the Gulf South Conference Tournament this weekend, going 1-1.
In game one, No. 5 Union defeated No. 4 Valdosta State 9-5. In the first inning, Tyler Mauzy hit a solo homerun for the Bulldogs. In the second inning, Austin Orr hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Dylan Moore. Valdosta State responded in the third with an RBI sacrifice fly from Chipper Andzel to score Kendall Herron. Union had a four-run fifth, scoring on five hits, including a three-run homer from Hayden Lewis and a solo shot from Moore. Valdosta came within one run in the seventh, scoring four runs on two singles, a three-run homer from Clint Carr, and a wild pitch. In the final two innings, the Bulldogs added three runs on two hits, one throwing error, two walks, and one hit batter.
Starter JR Miller earned the win, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing five runs on four hits with five strikeouts. In relief, Austin Kitterman pitched 1.2 no-hit innings, and Marty Coursey pitched one shutout inning.
In their second pool play game, the Bulldogs fell to No. 1 Delta State 6-1. The Statesmen dominated their majority of play, starting with a two-run homer from Josh Russell in the second. In the sixth, Delta State added three runs on three hits. Both teams scored in the seventh, with Delta State’s Zack Shannon and Union’s Moore each hitting an RBI single.
Teddy Christie started, taking the loss after 5.2 innings of work. Christie allowed five runs on seven hits. Kitterman pitched 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit.
The Bulldogs will play No. 8 Alabama-Huntsville in their last pool play game on Monday. Delta State has already won the pool, so the game Monday will be the last one of the tournament for Union.
The NCAA Regional Tournament begins May 18.