By Co-Head Coach Robert Driscol
Game two was much more defensive minded and took a full nine innings to determine a winner. Union opened things up with a lone run in the first as Carey led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Holschlag, and scored on a passed ball. On the mound senior Ted Tecklenburg retired the first ten batters he faced in order before issuing a walk in the fourth inning. That batter would later score on a sac fly to tie the game at 1-1. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth when Carey led off with a single and later scored on a Barz sac fly to win a close, hard fought game.
Tecklenburg was nearly perfect on the mound as he pitched nine complete innings giving up just one run on one hit while striking out 13 and walking just two.
“I thought the boys played very well especially on defense considering this was the first outing of the year. Any time you can play error free ball for 16 innings, you’re doing something right. Ted threw exceptional tonight; he was keeping the ball down and doing a good job of changing speeds. I feel bad for Bo with his knee injury. He had a good year last year and we were looking for him to have a big year. It’s never easy being hurt, but to miss an entire season when you are a season has to be especially tough.”
Carey led the way offensively as he collected two hits and scored both Union runs. Bryon Sells was the only other Knight to secure a hit.
Union is 2-0 overall; 2-0 in conference play.