Ross Heffley leads WCU with 2-for-3 outing, Preston Hatcher strikes out two
2011 (Freshman): Made just two relief appearances on the season before being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) - an acute inflammatory disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system - that sidelined him the remainder of the season ... Allowed one earned run on just one hit in the two appearances, tossing a combined two-thirds of an inning with a walk and a strikeout ... Made his collegiate debut against Manhattan (2/25), coming on in relief to start the seventh inning and issuing a seven-pitch walk to the lone batter he faced ... Tallied his first collegiate career punch out at Eastern Kentucky (3/1), tossing a career-best 0.2 innings.
Prior to Western Carolina: Posted a 26-7 overall record as a high school pitcher including winning 11 games during his sophomore season ... Played at Burns HS for head coach Chris Emery ... Suffered a broken hand during a batting practice session prior to his senior season that limited his appearances and numbers ... Had six screws put in his right hand following the injury ... Threw two no-hitters for Legion Post 100's 2008 Junior Legion team and recorded an 8-3 with one save as Cherryville's legion squad as a part of a 28-win summer ... Was honored as the McDonald's/WADA Scholar-Athlete of the month as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Personal: Full name is Adam Tyler Benfield ... Is the son of Jeff and Pam Benfield ... Has a younger sister.
Career Game Highs: Innings Pitched: 0.2, at Eastern Kentucky (3/1/11) Strikeouts: 1, at Eastern Kentucky (3/1/11) Walks: 1, MANHATTAN (2/25/11)