Dykota Spiess ignited the WCU offense with his fourth homer
2004: Was arguably WCU's most dominant pitcher at the season's end ... Started the year 0-4 on the mound, but ended with a 4-0 mark, adding a save, in his last seven games pitched ... His four wins tied for the team lead ... Ranked fifth in the SoCon with 30 appearances, which additionally ranks third on the WCU single-season list ... Named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week for games played May 11-16 ... Went 2-0 on the mound, helping the Catamounts to a 4-1 record for the week, including a weekend sweep over Wofford ... Was the starter against UNC Asheville and held the Bulldogs to four hits and one run over six innings as Western posted a 9-1 win ... In a relief appearance against Wofford, went five innings and allowed just two hits while tying a career high with five strikeouts ... For the week, was 2-0 with a 0.82 earned run average in 11.0 innings work and held opponents to a .154 batting average ... Continued to impress in the final week of the season ... Pitched the final inning in the Cats' home win over Gardner-Webb, striking out one of the three batters he faced ... Secured WCU's spot in the SoCon tournament, getting the win versus Appalachian State ... Pitched 2.0 innings, allowing three hits and an unearned run with a walk and two strikeouts ... Pitched in four games during WCU's run at to the SoCon Tournament championship game ... Helped the eighth-seeded Cats upset top-seed College of Charleston, striking out two of the four batters he faced and keeping the score 4-3 in WCU's favor ... Propelled the Cats to the championship game, earning the save versus The Citadel after pitching 2.1 scoreless innings with three hits and three strikeouts ... Got the save in WCU's win at Georgia State, pitching the final 1.0 inning, allowing a hit and a walk with no runs and a strikeout.
PRIOR TO WESTERN: Recipient of Conference USA's Commissioner's Academic Medal for posted a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the 2001-02 season ... Was part of two NCAA Regional teams for the Pirates, including 2003 and 2002 as a redshirt freshman ... in 2003, Pitched 13.1 innings and had 13 strikeouts with a 4.05 ERA and a 1-1 record ... Pitched a career-high 5.0 with just three hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts in relief versus UNC Wilmington only to suffer the loss ... Pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief versus Duke ... Earned the win versus the Blue Devils, allowing two walks wile fanning four ...
HIGH SCHOOL: An All-Area selection at Eastern Wayne HS ... Was 4-2 with a save and a 2.36 ERA as a senior ... Was named second team All-North Carolina by Baseball America ... Was 2-1 with a save and a 2.20 ERA as a junior ... Also played shortstop and third base ... Recipient of his team's Hustle Award ... Participated in the North Carolina State Games in 2000 and the East Coast Pro Showcase ... A two-time letterman in cross country ... Member of the National Honor Society, Vocational Honor Society and service as a Junior Marshal.