Dykota Spiess ignited the WCU offense with his fourth homer
2005: Named to the TIAA-CREF Southern Conference All-Academic Team ... Ended the season with an impressive 7-3 record with three saves ... His seven wins led the team and tied for seventh in the SoCon ... Had one complete game, shutting down The Citadel in the opening round of the SoCon Tournament ... Started the season as WCU's closer, but had a rough stretch, getting a loss in relief versus The Citadel (3/26) and blowing a save versus Brown (3/30) ... Prior to The Citadel loss, he posted a 3-0 record with three saves for 2005, allowing just two earned runs in 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) with five walks and 12 strikeouts ... Also, including his last eight games of last season and his first eight games this season, McCullen figured in the decision in 12 of the 16 games, going 7-1 with four saves ... In his next eight outings (13.0 innings), was 0-1 with a 10.39 ERA with 23 hits, 17 runs, 15 earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts ... Righted the ship at season's end to become Western's game one weekend starter ... First time out as the "Friday" starter was at UNC Greensboro series ... Went 4-0 in four starts versus SoCon opponents with a 1.26 ERA (four runs in 28.2 innings) ... Had one non-conference start in that stretch and had an uncharacteristic seven runs with four walks in a loss versus Charleston Southern ... Pitched the final two innings of the Wright State finale to earn the save ... Did not allow a run while fanning three ... Earned his second save of the season, working a 1-2-3 inning with two K's versus James Madison ... In that save opportunity, he, Jeremy Ellenburg and Luke Miller combined to retire the final 10 batters of the game ... Allowed a hit and a walk versus Georgia State, but struck out two and did not allow a run to earn his third save ... Pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and an unearned run, to improve to 2-0 on the season ... In his second appearance as the Friday starter, got the win, pitching 5.2 innings versus Elon ... Scattered 12 hits, allowing just two runs (one earned) with no walks and three strikeouts ... Was only asked to pitch six innings at Wofford, and got the win, allowing four hits and one run ... Pitched his first career complete game (9.0 innings) to lead WCU to a 6-1 victory over The Citadel in the opening round of the SoCon Tournament ... Allowed seven hits and one run with three walks and three strikeouts.
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.