Baseball - Mon, May 1, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College baseball team captured the No. 5 seed for the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Baseball Tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Hunter Wright Stadium, announced by the league office on Sunday.

The tournament runs through Saturday. This is the 11th year in a row the tournament has been held in Kingsport.

The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season with a 27-22 overall mark and 14-13 in the AAC, will take on the number four seed Reinhardt (Ga.) in the first round of the Tournament. First pitch is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

On the season, Ronnie Healy (SR/Jupiter, Fla.) leads Union in several offensive categories, including doubles (15), RBIs (53), and home runs (13), while owning a .358 batting average. Healy ranks 10th in the AAC for batting average, fourth in runs batted in, fifth in doubles per game, and seventh in homeruns. Bulldog shortstop Bruce Valentin (SR/Bronx, N.Y.) continued his hot hitting from last year as he is averaging .348 at the plate and leading the team in hits with 63, ranking him at 10th in the AAC. Valentin is also ranked 13th in runs scored (41). He is the first in the AAC with fielding assists with 137. Francisco Ogando (JR/Bronx, N.Y.) is ranked 12th for homeruns in the AAC (nine), and 11th in RBIs (44).

On the mound, John Hisel (SO/Lexington, Ky.) has been one of the top pitchers in the AAC, as he finished off the regular season with a team-high 6-4 record. With 62.2 innings pitched and 54 strikeouts under his belt, Hisel is tied at seventh with wins in the conference. Relief pitcher Talon Kunkel (SR/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is ranked second in the conference with six saves. Pitching 47.1 innings allowing 21 hits, while striking out 42. With an ERA of 3.42, Kunkel is nationally ranked at 24th for saves.

No. 6-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan sits on top of the standings with the No. 1 seed in the tournament after sharing the regular-season crown with Point (Ga.). Tennessee Wesleyan earned the top seed by virtue of winning its three-game, conference series with Point.

For more information about the 2017 AAC Tournament click here.