March 1, 2016

Cullowhee, N.C. - Due to unfavorable and deteriorating weather forecasts throughout early afternoon and into the evening, officials at Western Carolina have postponed today's nonconference baseball game against the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles.

The two teams will now play both of the scheduled midweek games on Wednesday as a part of a double-header with two, seven-inning games. First pitch of the first game will be 3:00 pm and game two to follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Live audio of both games will be available through the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard online at

Rain is predicted to start falling early afternoon during what would be pregame on Tuesday, with forecasts showing thunderstorms rolling across Western North Carolina during the middle innings. In looking to avoid long delays, officials made the call to move Tuesday's ballgame.

Western Carolina (1-5) and Niagara (2-6) are scheduled to meet for the first time on the baseball diamond this week in Cullowhee. The Purple Eagles are amidst a long, early-season road swing that opened with four games in Florida, and included playing at North Carolina Central last weekend before returning to the Triangle this weekend for the USA Baseball Irish Classic in Cary, N.C.

Redshirt junior LHP Dillon Bray (0-1, 1 app.) is scheduled to start the first game for WCU against Niagara senior RHP Ben Zaccagnino (0-0, 1 app.).

WCU travels to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia Tech (7-0) this weekend. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 13 in the latest Collegiate Baseball polling, and are receiving votes in both the USA Today Coaches and polls.

Be sure to keep track of any weather-related schedule changes online at or through WCU Athletics' social media outlets on Facebook ( and Twitter (@catamounts).