Four Catamounts landed on summer league all-star teams
WCU has 17 returning players in various summer leagues
Eight teammates to play together between three different teams
WCU to close regular season at home vs. Kennesaw State, Davidson
Bradley Strong drives in game-winner; Jacob Hoyle hits 13th homer
2014 (Sophomore): Made 14 appearances on the season, 18 in relief and two starts ... Tossed 21 combined innings, striking out 20 against 16 walks ... Posted strikeouts in 10 of his 14 appearances ... Allowed 17 hits with just four for extra bases ... Struck out one against No. 2 Mississippi State (February 15) ... Tossed a career-long six and a third innings in his first career start at Kennesaw State (March 12), striking out a career-high six in a no-decision ... Finished with an 0-1 overall record, taking the loss in his second start against East Tennessee State (March 19) ... Tossed two innings in relief at Tennessee (April 16) ... Struck out three in 2.2 innings in an extra inning neutral site win over Wake Forest (April 30). Summer League: Pitched for the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League ... Appeared in 11 games with five starts, posting a perfect 5-0 record with one save ... Threw 25 innings on the summer with a 2.80 ERA, scattering 21 hits and allowing 16 runs - 10 of which were earned ... Struck out 25 batters against 15 walks, limiting foes to a .226 batting average.
2013 (Freshman): Made 13 appearances on the mound, all coming in relief ... Posted a 2-0 record with a 6.62 ERA through 17.2 innings of work ... Finished with 19 strikeouts against nine walks while six of the 23 hits allowed went for extra bases ... Had strikeouts in 11 of his 13 appearances with two-or-more Ks five times ... Recorded four fielding assists off the mound ... Made five appearances with one win in SoCon play, pitching 3.2 innings with five strikeouts against league foes ... Debuted with a third of an inning in relief on opening weekend against Washington State (Feb. 16) ... Threw a then career-long three innings against Cincinnati (Feb. 24) in early-season tournament action at Fluor Field ... Earned his first collegiate victory after throwing an inning and a third of relief at the College of Charleston (March 17) ... Struck out a career-high five in 2.1 innings of work, earning the victory in a home win over UNC Asheville (April 2) ... Tossed a career-long 3.2 innings out of the bullpen against Appalachian State (May 24) in the SoCon Tournament; Summer League: Pitched in 19 games during the summer with two starts for the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League ... Finished with a 2-1 overall record with three saves in three opportunities ... Finished with a 1.98 ERA while limiting opponents to a .189 batting average against ... Tossed a combined 35.1 innings, scattering 24 base hits and allowing 13 runs, 10 of which were earned ... Struck out 50 batters against 28 walks, recording at least one K in all but two outings ... Tossed a summer-long five innings in a start on June 4, picking up the victory ... Fanned a summer-best seven on two separate occasions.
Prior to Western Carolina: Played high school baseball at Starmount HS for head coach Mike McCann ... Scouted as a big-bodied southpaw that sports a fastball in the 90s ... Ranked by Impact Baseball as one of North Carolina's top 50 players ... Represented Region 7 in the North Carolina State Games ... Is coming off a knee injury suffered during basketball season of his senior year.
Personal: Full name is Alex Dane Barr ... Is the son of Darwin and Lisa Barr ... Has two siblings - Jake and Erin ... Was born in Elkin, N.C. ... His grandfather played professional baseball in the Boston Red Sox organization.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 6.1, at Kennesaw State (3/12/14)
Strikeouts: 6, at Kennesaw State (3/12/14)
Walks: 3, twice: (MR: at Kennesaw State, 3/12/14)