Three-game series set for a 4 pm opening day game in Greenville, N.C.
Bryson Bowman headlines on the first team, four on second team
Junior shortstop picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round
WCU posted a regular season runner-up finish
Seven playing in the Northwoods League; two to the Cape Cod League
Western Carolina wins seventh straight season opener and tenth in to begin 2015 season at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 658th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates.LINK
2017 (Junior): Started all 56 seasonal games at shortstop ... Finished the year second on the team with a .342 batting average, scoring a team-high 57 runs to rank sixth in the Southern Conference ... Finished with a team-high tying 83 base hits, tied for third in the SoCon ... Led the team with 27 multiple hit games and had multiple RBIs in eight games ... Posted a pair of eight-game hitting streaks during the season including an eight-game streak of multi-hit games from April 1 through April 14 ... Reached base safely in 18 games ... Opened the season with a six-game hitting streak ... Recorded a team-high 15 stolen bases, a mark which ranked him tied for eighth in the SoCon ... Drew a season-high three walks against defending national champion, Coastal Carolina (Feb. 18) ... Collected a season-high four hits twice including a 4-for-5 performance against Marshall (Feb. 25) and against Furman (April 13) ... Finished a single shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4, two run performance against VMI (April 22) ... Doubled twice in a home win over Savannah State (April 26) ... Listed on the initial Brooks Wallace Award Watch List ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Selected to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference team; Summer League: Was signed to a temporary contract in the prestigious Cape Cod League with the defending champion Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
2016 (Sophomore): Played in 31 games with 31 starts including 25 at shortstop, four at second base, and one apiece at third base and in left field ... Batted .323 with 40 hits in 124 plate appearances including three doubles and two triples ... Had his consecutive games started streak halted at 69 games after suffering a fractured bone in his right hand on a HBP at Kansas State (March 19) ... the injury at Kansas State also halted a career-long 13-game hitting streak ... Left the WCU lineup on March 30 before returning in the Southern Conference Tournament on May 25 ... Posted 11 multiple hit games with multiple RBI three times ... Returned to the lineup in the NCAA Clemson Regional ... Finished regional play with a team-high eight hits in 13 plate appearances for a .615 batting average, tallying three multi-hit games including a 4-for-5 outing the regional opener against No. 7 national seed, Clemson ... Named to the NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament team... Added a walk to post a .643 on-base percentage ... Hit .378 (14-for-37) over his last nine games between the SoCon Tournament and NCAA Regional after his return to the lineup and was a part of eight double-plays ... Named Spring Academic All-Southern Conference and to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.; Summer League: Returned to play for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League ... Finished the summer with a .331 batting average, collecting 49 hits in 148 at bats ... Played in 43 games ... Among his 49 hits, nine went for extra bases with eight doubles and a triple ... Drew 22 walks and finished with 23 RBI.
2015 (Freshman): Started all 51 games for the Catamounts including 11 of his first 13 at third base and a combined 40 at shortstop ... Hit .270 (55-for-204) with six doubles and 22 runs driven in ... Had 14 multiple-hit games and three multi-RBI outings ... Finished tied for third on the team with 43 runs scored ... Put together a 10-game hitting streak from mid-March through early-April, compiling four multi-hit games during the stretch ... Led WCU with 10 sacrifice hits, tied for fourth in WCU's single-season record books and a mark that ranked him tied for seventh in the SoCon ... Ranked second on the team with 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts ... Opened his WCU career with a career performance, going 5-for-5 with a double and four runs scored in the season-opener against Purdue ... Was part of turning 17 double plays at shortstop ... Named to the 2014-15 SoCon Academic Honor Roll; Summer League: Opened the summer playing for the Charlottesville TomSox in the Valley Baseball League ... Only saw action in three games, posting a 3-for-13 batting average (.231) with the wooden bat ... One of his three hits was a triple and he also drove in two runs in his limited action early in the summer ... Made the move to the Northwoods League, joining the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox ... Batted .284 (38-for-134) for the season with three doubles and a triple ... Finished with 18 RBI while tallying nine stolen bases ... Drew 23 walks against 18 strikeouts.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time All-North Piedmont 3A/4A conference selection for head coach Randy Martin ... Hit .393 for his prep career with 25 doubles, 36 RBI ... Named the North Piedmont 3A/4A Player of the Year as a senior, while also garnering Iredell County Player of the Year and All-State plaudits ... Holds the West Iredell High all-time career record for stolen bases (56-of-58) while also holding the mark for doubles in a single-season (16) ... Posted a 2-2 record with four saves on the mound his senior seasons, finishing with a 1.79 ERA through 27.1 innings pitched ... Struck out 34 against seven walks.
Personal: Full name is Brett Dennis Pope ... Is the son of Robbie and Tammy Pope ... Father played collegiate baseball at Catawba College ... Has a younger brother, Brady.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 6, seven times (MR: at Ball State, 5/12/17)
Hits: 5, PURDUE (2/13/15)
Runs: 4, twice (MR: VMI-2, 4/21/17)
Doubles: 2, SAVANNAH STATE (4/26/17)
Triples: 1, five times (MR: at Samford, 4/29/17)
RBI: 5, MARSHALL (2/25/17)
Walks: 4, APPALACHIAN STATE (4/21/15)
Hitting Streak: 13 games (2/27/16 - 3/18/16)