Cullowhee, N.C. – After playing a pair of exhibition dates in the state of Ohio this fall, the Western Carolina Catamount baseball team turns its attention to finishing its annual fall drills in style with the annual WCU Fall World Series, slated for Wednesday through Friday this week on-campus at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
The two squads were drafted by team seniors earlier this week. The Gold Squad captained by Kitt Capell, Andrew Robinson, and Jack Snyder while the Purple Squad is captained by Andrew Bullock, Luke Robinson, and Joe Vranesic.
WCU's Fall World Series consists of a best 2-out-of-3 series with games one and two predetermined for seven-inning contests. Game three will be played, but could be an altered format if the winner of the series has been decided through the first two games.
Western Carolina defeated Ohio State 7-5 at the Prasco Park Fall Classic on Sunday, Oct. 13. Three Catamounts belted home runs in the first of two fall exhibitions for the Catamounts including a solo shot by junior transfer Seth Graves, a two-run homer by returning outfielder Daylan Nanny, and a three-run, game-winning bomb by preseason all-conference hopeful Luke Robinson.
WCU rallied from an early 5-2 deficit for the two-run victory in nine-innings in front of over 1,000 fans, with the two squads taking advantage of the play day to get in three additional scoreless innings. Led by five strikeouts over two innings of work by starter Chase Walter, the Catamount pitching staff combined to strike out 20 batters while issuing a combined three walks against the Big Ten's Buckeyes.
While at Prasco, the Catamounts took part in a TEAM community service project by building 100 bikes for the “Wish for Wheels” foundation for kids and conducted a youth skills clinic for area kids on the turf field at Prasco Park.
Remaining in Midwest, WCU battled Miami (Ohio) to a 5-5 draw at McKie Field at Hayden Park in the second of its two NCAA-regulated fall exhibition games on Oct. 14. Again, the Catamounts battled back from an early deficit to score the tie with neither coaching staff wanting to push their respective teams too far in the fall portion of the season.
MLB WORLD SERIES UPDATE:
Western Carolina baseball has a presence in this year's MLB World Series as former Catamount Paul Menhart (1988-90) has helped guide the Washington Nationals to the Fall Classic as the club's pitching coach. Menhart, an eighth-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990, played three seasons in the Big Leagues, making his MLB debut in 1995 with the Blue Jays against the Oakland Athletics. He also suited up for the Seattle Mariners (1996) and San Diego Padres (1997).
Menhart led the Southern Conference in strikeouts in both 1989 and 1990 and was an All-SoCon selection in 1988 in the South Division. With 214 career strikeouts, Menhart continues to rank 13th in the WCU record books while his 12 complete games are tied for seventh in program history.
CATAMOUNT BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND:
Western Carolina and head coach Bobby Moranda will welcome home their alumni on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a special day on the field at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium and with Catamount football hosting the Samford Bulldogs.
Festivities get underway with special on-field batting practice including a Home Run Derby and Radar Gun Challenge at 11:00 am. At Noon, join with fellow Catamount baseball alum for a pregame tailgate in the Hennon Stadium Courtyard with the kickoff of the WCU football game set for 2:00 pm. Wrap-up the complete day with a 7:00 pm postgame social at Innovation Station in Dillsboro.
WCU Baseball Alum can RSVP online by CLICKING HERE.
WCU Fall Word Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 4:45 pm (7 innings)
Game 2 – Thursday, Oct. 24 – 4:15 pm (7 innings)
Game 3 – Friday, Oct. 25 – 4:15 pm (TBA)
Basic WCU Fall World Series Rules:
- Each pitcher must complete one out before being eligible for a second appearance on the mound in the series;
- A pitcher can only throw one inning more than what they have previously thrown this fall
- Position players are NOT eligible to pitch – but pitchers are eligible to be in the batting order if the team chooses;
- A less than 9-man lineup is legal when pitchers must play a defensive position ... a position player that is limited to batting only may DH for a pitcher that is playing a defensive position;
- Head coach Bobby Moranda has final say over position/roster moves.
Kitt Capell, C (Captain)
Andrew Robinson, OF (Captain)
Jack Snyder, RHP (Captain)
Bobby Barnard, C
Carson Ford, OF
Colby Harrison, RHP
Nick Hyde, RHP
Carson Lowder, RHP
Daylan Nanny, OF
Bryson Parks, OF
Will Prater, INF
Christian Sidoti, RHP
Anthony Silkwood, RHP
Nate Stocum, OF
Dylan Wheeler, LHP
Justice Bigbie, INF/OF
Jacob Corn, RHP
Zach Franklin, RHP
Angel Torres, INF
Andrew Bullock, UT (Captain)
Luke Robinson, C/1B (Captain)
Joe Vranesic, RHP (Captain)
Colin Bertsch, INF
Corey Bright, RHP
Ben Elder, LHP
Dawson Elder, RHP
Seth Graves, OF
Jalen Jones, INF
Ryan Mitschele, RHP
Davis Tyndall, RHP
Daniel Walsh, INF
Immanuel Wilder, OF
Alec Woodard, LHP
Chase Walter, RHP
Zebby Mathews, RHP
Tristen Campbell, RHP
Eric Wallington, LHP