Western Carolina defeated the Furman Paladins, 9-2, Saturday afternoon en route to winning its fourth SoCon series of the season
Note: Was drafted in the 20th round (594th overall pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Began his professional career in the minor leagues with the rookie league Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League.
Career Notes: Finished his career ranked tied for 19th in career games played with 212, while his 206 career starts rank him eighth in program history ... He finished ranked fifth in career at bats (858), tied for 11th in career hits (264), tied for 15th in career stolen bases (41) and tied for 16th in career runs scored with 180.
2014 (Senior): Played in 42 of WCU's 55 seasonal games making 36 starts at shortstop ... Missed the first game and his first career start at UNCG in early April with a wrist injury, snapping a streak of 196 consecutive games played and started ... Saw action as a pinch runner and defensive substitution while dealing with the wrist injury until surgery near the end of the season ... Returned to the starting lineup on the final day of the regular season against Davidson ... Batted .234 (34-for-145) on the year with six doubles, two triples and three home runs ... Finished fifth on the team with 37 runs scored ... Recorded 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts ... Hit .385 (20-for-52) as a leadoff hitter ... Collected 23 RBI including nine with two outs ... One of two Catamounts to hit for the cycle in the March 2 win over La Salle, finishing 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored ... Finished with six multiple hit games and three multi-RBI performances ... Named to the first team preseason All-Southern Conference as well as the Preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league's head coaches ... Was selected preseason All-America by three different publications: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason All-America team third team; 2014 Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-America third team; and the College Sports Madness (CollegeSportsMadness.com) third team.
2014 Senior: Named to the first team preseason All-Southern Conference as well as the Preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league's head coaches ... Was selected preseason All-America by three different publications: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason All-America team third team; 2014 Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-America third team; and the College Sports Madness (CollegeSportsMadness.com) third team.
2013 (Junior): Finished as just one of two Catamounts to start all 59 games on the season, and one of just four Catamounts to appear in every game ... Tallied a .363 batting average on the season including a team and Southern Conference leading 97 hits - a mark that in addition to representing his career-high also ranked him tied for eighth in the single-season record books with 2007 conference player of the year, Kenny Smith ... Ranked seventh in the final NCAA rankings with 68 runs scored, eighth in hits (97) and 32nd in homeruns (12) ... Finished with 15 doubles, a team-best five triples and 12 home runs with a .592 slugging percentage ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Additionally paced the SoCon with 68 runs scored, tied for 14th in WCU's single-season record book ... Named second team All-State by North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... His 12 homers ranked him tied for ninth in the conference ... Batted .353 (49-of-139) against SoCon foes with 15 extra base hits including seven doubles, a triple and seven home runs ... Drove in 29 runs in league play while scoring a team-high 36 times ... Named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List where he was among the final 14 in contention and was tabbed a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy ... Hit in one of the first three spots in the lineup all season including 54 games as the lead-off man ... Became the first Catamount since the late 1980s to hit for the cycle in a game, doing so in an extra inning victory at Furman (April 7) ... Paced the squad with 27 multiple hit games including 13 two-hit, nine three-hit and five four-hit outings ... Was second on the squad with 14 multiple RBI games featuring eight, four-RBI performances ... Recorded 20 two-out RBI, third on the team ... Hit .434 (36-of-83) with runners in scoring position ... Enjoyed a career-long, 16-game hitting streak from April 19 through May 17 ... Closed the year with hits in 19 of the final 20 games; Summer League: Played in 39 of the 46 games for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Finished the summer ranked second on the SLO team - and seventh in the league - with a .347 batting average (52-of-150) with 16 extra base hits including a team-high 13 doubles, a triple and two home runs ... His 13 doubles ranked fourth in the CCL ... Drove in 28 runs on the summer to rank third on the squad and tied for 11th in the league ... Finished 12-of-13 in stolen bases ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition.
2012 (Sophomore): One of just three Catamounts to start all 56 seasonal games, doing so as the starting shortstop - only one of two players to start every game at the same position ... Hit .302 on the season after spending the first 14 games of the season over the .400 plateau ... Batted .319 (23-of-72) against left-handed pitching ... Was a part of turning 36 double plays ... Ranked tied for second on the team with 75 hits on the year, 11 of which going for extra bases including 10 doubles and a lead-off home run at Gardner-Webb (April 17) ... Set a school-record with five doubles in a perfect 6-for-6 showing at the plate in a home win over Iona (March 3) ... His six hits rank tied for second in school history ... Finished with 18 multiple hit games including a team-best two, five-or-more hit games, and seven multiple RBI games ... Was second on the squad with 16 two-out RBI ... Hit as WCU's leadoff batter in 52 of the 56 games - batted .309 (34-for-110) as a leadoff batter ... Recorded a career-long, 14-game hitting streak ... at shortstop; Summer League: Played for the Thomasville Hi-Toms in the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2012 ... Started 44 of the 45 games in which he saw action ... Finished with a .177 batting average, collecting 29 hits including seven doubles and two home runs with 12 RBI ... Stole nine bases in 11 attempts ... Amassed 114 fielding assists and 64 putouts along the infield.
2011 (Freshman): Was the only Catamount to both play in and start all 55 games on the season ... Made 54 starts at shortstop with one start at second base ... Hit .293 as a freshman with 10 of his 58 hits going for extra bases including eight doubles ... Finished with 14 multiple hit games including six, three-hit outings, while also tallying six multiple RBI games ... Had two, five-game hitting streaks that bookended his rookie season ... Hit .720 (18-of-25) with a runner on third base and batted .489 (22-of-45) when leading off an inning at the plate ... Drew two-or-more walks in seven games during the season ... Recorded nine stolen bases in 11 attempts ... Posted a .945 fielding percentage ... Belted a two-run homerun in his first collegiate at bat as a part of a 3-for-4 showing against Morehead State, driving in a career-high four RBI ... Matched a SoCon Tournament record with teammate Ross Heffley with a career-high 10 at bats in the epic 20-inning game against Elon in the conference championship event.
Prior to Western Carolina: Selected All-South Mountain Athletic Conference (SMAC) during his senior season, hitting over .430 with over 30 RBI as Patton HS advanced into the state playoffs ... High school head coach was Brandon Scott ... Was named the 2009 Catawba Valley Athletic conference Player of the Year after hitting .437 with eight home runs and 32 RBI as a junior ... Only struck out 12 times in 114 at bats in 2009 ... Was selected to play in the Region 7 State Games ... Played summer baseball for the Burke Legion team and with the South Charlotte Panthers during the fall ... Played on the 2004 Morganton Little League All-Star team that finished third in the United States and seventh in the world.
Personal: Full name is Aaron Tyler Attaway ... Is the son of Mark and Cynthia Attaway ... His brother, Austin, played collegiate baseball at Mars Hill.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 10, vs. Elon (5/27/11) Hits: 6, IONA (3/3/12) *tied for 2nd in school history Runs: 5, IONA (3/3/12) Doubles: 5, IONA (3/3/12)*school individual game record Triples: 1, eight times (MR: RIDER - Gm 2, 3/15/14) Home Runs: 1, 17 times (MR: WOFFORD, 3/29/14) RBI: 6, IONA (3/3/12) Walks: 3, four times (MR: LA SALLE, 3/1/14) HBP: 2, RIDER-Gm1 (3/15/14) Stolen Bases: 2, ELON (3/22/13) Hitting Streak: 16 games (4/19/13 - 5/17/13)