Jackson, Tenn. - 6/3/2002 - Four Union University Bulldogs were named to the NAIA All-America team. Senior Jeff Wyatt was a second team selection, while senior Joseph Talley and juniors Roger Cook and Chip Briggs were named honorable mentioned All-American.
Jeff Wyatt, a native of Jackson, topped off an outstanding senior season and career with his second team selection. This honor comes on the heels of Wyatt’s NAIA Region XI and TranSouth Conference Player of the Year awards. Wyatt set or tied eight Union records during his senior campaign, including career records for hits, doubles, RBI, total bases, and games played. In 2002, Wyatt hit .397 on the season with 13 doubles. He led the Bulldogs with seven triples, 15 homeruns, and 78 RBI. Wyatt also tied a Union’s record with 20 relief appearances this season. He had a 3-3 record on the season with a team high three saves.
Joseph Talley, from Henderson, Tenn., led the Bulldogs with 10 wins this season. His 10-2 record, along with a 3.78 ERA earned him first team all-conference and first team all-region during his senior year. Talley is also an NAIA Scholar Athlete for the Bulldogs. In 81 innings pitched this season, Talley struck out 74 batters and walked only 14. Talley set Union’s record for fewest walks with 0.173 per inning.
Also from Jackson, junior Roger Cook earns his first honorable mentioned All-American selection. Cook hit .351 this season with a team high 23 doubles, two triples, 10 homeruns and 60 RBI. Cook split time between catcher and first base during the season. He led the team with 330 putouts and committed only six errors in 357 chances for a .983 fielding percentage. Cook was also a first team all-conference and first team all-region during his junior year. During his junior season, Cook set a new Union record for at bats in a season with 228. He also tied three records this season; hits in a game (6), doubles in a game (4), and homeruns in a game (3).
Chip Briggs, from Clarksville, Tenn., joined the Bulldogs this season as a transfer from Jackson State Community College. Briggs, Union's everyday right fielder, led the Bulldogs in stolen bases with 15. He was second on the team in hitting with a .365 average and in hits with 80. Briggs tallied 11 doubles, two triples, one homerun, drove in 39 runs. Briggs was selected as a first team all-conference and first team all-region to go along with this honorable mentioned All-American selection.
These four players led the Bulldogs to one of the most successful seasons in school history. They finished with a 44-20 record and won the TranSouth Conference regular season and tournament titles.
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