Career: Over 36 career appearances and 178.2 innings over two seasons, he already ranks 19th in WCU program history with 188 career strikeouts.
2019 (Redshirt Sophomore): Made 19 appearances on the season including 11 starts – eight-straight to end the season – and eight relief efforts out of the bullpen … Posted a 4.84 ERA on the season, tossing a team-high 93.0 innings … 23 of the 92 hits he allowed went for extra bases with opponents hitting just .256 against the right-hander on the year … Matched a team-best with five victories with a 5-6 overall record, adding a save in WCU’s neutral field victory over Ohio State (March 10) … Led the Catamounts with a career-best 114 strikeouts, the second-most in the SoCon … His 114 Ks rank as the fourth-best individual season in program history … Recorded double-digit strikeouts four times on the season including a career-best 17 in a complete game victory over Furman (April 20) … His 17 strikeouts were the third-most by an individual in the NCAA in 2019 … Tallied seven-or-more Ks in eight of his 19 appearances ... Recorded 68 fly ball outs and a team-best 80 ground ball outs including 10 double-plays … Was a two-time Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week, earning the honors on April 15 following a 13-strikeout performance at Mercer (April 13) and on April 22 after his 17K outing against Furman, also collecting Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week honor ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman): Made 17 appearances with 14 starts, tossing a combined 85.2 innings … Finished the year 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA, the best among WCU’s starting rotation … Struck out 74 batters against 49 walks, recording at least one strikeout in all 17 appearances … Tallied three-or-more strikeouts in 12 seasonal appearances and had five-or-more K’s in eight appearances … Was named to the 2018 Southern Conference All-Freshman team … Made his WCU debut in relief in the season-opening weekend at East Carolina (Feb. 18) … Recorded his first collegiate start at nationally-ranked Louisville (March 2), striking out two over three innings … Struck out a career-high nine over 5.2 innings at VMI (April 13) … Scored his first collegiate victory after tossing 7.0 innings in a home win over Mercer (April 20), limiting the Bears to two runs on two hits with five strikeouts … Earned Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing a career-long 9.0 innings in a complete-game victory at Furman (May 5) … Struck out eight against the Paladins, walking two in allowing just one unearned run on four hits … In his second appearance of the SoCon Tournament, tossed 7.1 innings against top-seeded UNCG (May 26), limiting the Spartans to just four runs while matching a career-high with nine batters; Summer League: Pitched in 13 games for the San Luis Obispo Blues in the California Collegiate League, posting a 1-1 record with a pair of saves coming in two opportunities … Posted an ERA of 3.66 over 19.2 innings of work, striking out 28 against just nine walks.
Prior to Western Carolina: Signed with Spartanburg Methodist out of high school, tossing 10.1 innings with 10 strikeouts as a freshman ... Was named to the Dean's List at Spartanburg Methodist; High School: Three-year letter winner ... Was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and also an honorable mention in the Southeast Region ... Also played basketball as a prep where he led the state in field goal percentage as both a junior and senior.
Personal: Full name is Chase David Walter ... Is the son of Brian and Dana Walter ... Has two siblings - Will and Cameron ... His father, Brian, played college football at Duke from 1982-85 while his grandfather played at Auburn.
Career Game Highs:
- Innings Pitched: 9.0, twice (FURMAN, 4/20/19 & (at Furman, 5/5/18)
- Strikeouts: 17, FURMAN-Gm1 (4/20/19)
- Walks: 6, WOFFORD (4/6/19)