Four Catamounts graduate with honors; three received graduate degrees
WCU posted a regular season runner-up finish
Loss marks final game for 11 Catamount seniors
WCU to face UNCG/Samford loser at 4 pm on Thursday
WCU to host Presbyterian, visit Mercer to conclude regular season
WCU Student-Athletes Visit Mission Children's Hospital and Participate in Sylva Christmas Parade
WCU versus The Citadel Game One
2017 (Senior): Made 19 appearances on the year with three starts at the beginning of the season before moving back into the bullpen ... Finished the year with a 5.76 ERA and a 3-1 record, scoring four saves ... Tallied 47 strikeouts on the season, recording strikeouts in 17 of his 19 appearances on the year ... Tossed a season-long 8.0 innings in a starting role, striking out a season-high seven against North Carolina A&T (Feb. 19) in a winning effort in tournament play in Myrtle Beach ... Tossed two innings of two-hit, scoreless relief to earn his first save of the year at eventual Big Ten Champion, Nebraska (March 10) ... Scored relief victories over both The Citadel (March 31) and at ETSU (April 7), pitching the final three frames in the extra-inning, 5-4, win in Johnson City, Tenn. ... Pitched 15.2 innings over nine relief appearances without giving up a run during the season's mid-point ... Turned in 12 scoreless relief efforts among his 16 appearances out of the bullpen on the year.
2016 (Junior): Returning from a back injury, made 22 appearances with 21 coming out of the bullpen and one critical start in the decisive championship game of the 2016 Southern Conference Tournament ... Posted a career-low seasonal ERA of 4.07, finishing with a 2-2 overall record and a career-best five saves ... Pitched 42.0 innings, striking out 46 batters against 14 walks ... Tallied strikeouts in 18 of his 22 seasonal appearances with two-or-more Ks in 13 of those 18 ... Allowed 39 hits, 13 for extra bases ... Picked up his first collegiate save in a win over Indiana (March 12), tossing an inning of hitless, scoreless relief ... His season-long for relief innings was four out of the bullpen against Samford (April 17), scattering three hits with two strikeouts in scoreless work ... Tossed a career-long 8.2 innings in a no-decision in WCU's 3-2 victory over Mercer (May 29) in the SoCon Tournament Championship game... That outing earned him SoCon All-Tournament Team recognition ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Sophomore): Made 19 appearances on the year including nine starts, moving from the bullpen into the weekend rotation midway through the season ... Tossed 61.1 innings while allowing 44 runs, 33 of which were earned (fourth-fewest allowed in the SoCon), on 66 hits, the second fewest hits allowed by a regular pitcher in the SoCon ... Led the Catamount pitching staff and ranked tied for ninth in the league with 72 strikeouts ... Averaged 10.57 strikeouts per nine innings, tallying at least one K in each of his nine starts and posted strikeouts in all but one seasonal appearance ... Recorded 40 fly ball outs with 65 ground outs, second-most on the team ... Limited opponents to a .274 batting average against, ninth in the SoCon ... Named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week after striking out a career-high 11 in six scoreless relief innings against Purdue (Feb. 14) ... Made his first collegiate start mid-week against Presbyterian, tossing two innings while allowing one unearned run on three hits with a strikeout.
2014 (Freshman): Made nine relief appearances, tossing 5.2 innings on the season ... Recorded four strikeouts against nine walks ... Allowed six hits including one for extra bases ... Made his collegiate debut against second-ranked Mississippi State (Feb. 15), throwing an inning against the Bulldogs with one walk ... Posted his first collegiate strikeouts in game one of a doubleheader against Rider (March 15) ... Tossed a career-long two innings out of the bullpen in WCU's extra inning road win at Winthrop (April 15). Summer League: Pitched for the Newark (N.Y.) Pilots of the Perfect Game Collegiate League ... Saw action in nine games with five starts and a save ... Threw one complete game in a 7-2 victory on July 10, striking out eight against one walk while surrendering two runs on just eight hits in the CG ... Posted a 3-1 record with a 2.27 ERA on the summer in 35.2 innings ... Struck out 32 batters against 17 walks, allowing just 11 runs - nine of which were earned.
Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner and a three-time all-conference selection ... Earned CAP-8 Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades as a senior, posting a 6-1 record with a 0.40 ERA ... Struck out 90 batters against 20 walks through 61 innings of work ... Picked up all-state plaudits in his final season ... Set a school records for consecutive game hitting streak at 22, putouts by an outfielder and appearances in a single-season.
Personal: Full name is Brian Joseph Nobles, but goes by B.J. ... Is the son of Gary and Jill Nobles ... Has a brother, Daniel ... His father, Gary, played college basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 8.2, vs. Mercer - SoCon (5/29/16)
Strikeouts: 11, PURDUE-1 (2/14/15)
Walks: 6, FURMAN (4/17/15)