WCU carries six-game win streak into play this week
2016 (Sophomore): Made 18 appearances with 16 starts and two relief appearances late in the season ... Tossed 85.0 innings to rank ninth in the Southern Conference, posting a 5-8 record with a 5.08 ERA ... Struck out 62 batters, posting Ks in all but two of his outings on the year ... Had two-or-more strikeouts in those games pitched ... Limited foes to a .263 batting average against, ninth in the SoCon ... Matched a career-long with seven innings pitched three times during the season, doing so in starting roles at Georgia Tech (March 4), at Wofford (April 1) and at Furman (May 7) ... Struck out a career-high tying seven at Wofford (April 1) ... Battled through five innings in the starting role against Samford (May 26) in the Southern Conference Tournament ... Tossed three relief innings in WCU's NCAA Regional win over Nebraska (June 4), limiting the Cornhuskers to just three hits in capturing his fifth victory of the year; Summer League: Returned to the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Five of his six appearances were starts, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.71 ERA over 26.0 innings pitched ... Tossed at least three innings in each appearance with a long of six innings on July 6 in which he struck out a season-high nine ... Recorded 32 strikeouts against 16 walks.
2015 (Freshman): Made 18 appearances including 12 out of the bullpen and six starts ... Last seven appearances on the year came in relief ... Finished with a 3-3 overall record with a 6.46 ERA ... Tossed 46.0 innings ... Struck out 39 against 38 walks ... Recorded a strikeout in all but two of his 18 appearances -- and at least one K in each of his six starts ... Posted eight fielding assists coming off the mound ... Made his collegiate debut with a weekend start on opening-weekend against Purdue (Feb. 14), tossing three innings with two strikeouts and two walks ... Pitched a career-long 7.0 innings in a start against Holy Cross (March 8), securing his first collegiate victory ... Struck out a career-high seven in 3.2 relief innings in the SoCon tournament against Samford ... Named to the 2014-15 SoCon Academic Honor Roll; Summer League: Pitched for the SLO Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Named the team player of the game following a nine strikeout appearance ... Pitched in eight games with six starts, posting a 1-2 record ... Tossed 27.2 innings with a 2.60 ERA, allowing just eight earned runs ... Struck out 26 batters against just 13 walks; Summer League: Pitched for the SLO Blues in the California Collegiate League during the summer, tossing 27.2 innings with a 2.60 ERA ... Finished 1-2 overall, striking out 26 against 13 walks.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time All-Metro 4-A Conference selection and twice dubbed team MVP in his final two years as a prep ... Earned all-tournament team honors as a sophomore ... Recorded a combined 135 strikeouts on the mound over his last two seasons ... At the plate, batted .315-or-better each season including a career-best .427 as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Brendan Kennedy Nail ... Is the son of Keith and Lindsey Nail ... His father played collegiately at Appalachian State (1985-88) ... Has an older sibling, Logan.
Career Game Highs: Innings Pitched: 7.0, four times: MR - at Furman (5/7/16) Strikeouts: 12, twice: MR - THE CITADEL (4/2/17) Walks: 7, at VMI (4/8/16)