|32 Hunter Brister
Brister assisted neighbors in his hometown of Pleasant Grove, Ala., following a series of devastating tornadoes on April 27, 2011. Brister drove to nearby Hueytown and walked more than three miles to reach his home. "It was like a war zone," Brister told the Asheville Citizen-Times. "Everything was completely torn apart." To remember the event, he writes the numbers "427" in the mound each time he pitches ... His story was named a finalist for the Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award ... The Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award recognizes examples of inspiration in baseball at the collegiate level and is named for Tom Walter, the head coach at Wake Forest who donated a kidney to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan prior to the 2011 season.
2013 (Senior): Featuring a new pitching motion, made 15 appearances on the season, all coming in relief ... Tossed 15.1 innings on the season, striking out 19 against six walks while posting a perfect 3-0 record and a 5.87 ERA ... Allowed 18 hits on the season, seven for extra bases ... 10 of the 11 runs surrendered were earned ... Picked up his first collegiate victory at SEC-foe, Georgia (March 5), working 1.2 innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout ... Picked up his second victory against Eastern Kentucky (March 13) ... Was paramount in keeping The Citadel (March 29) off balance, recording a career-high four strikeouts in an inning and a third out of the bullpen ... Got WCU out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the sixth inning by striking out the side, slamming the door on a would-be Bulldog rally as the Catamounts claimed the series ... At the time, it was his third-straight game of three-or-more strikeouts, also fanning three against Elon (March 23) and at Gardner-Webb (March 27), tallying his third victory of the season in the latter ... Suffered a knee injury in The Citadel series that ultimately sidelined him after the Furman series, missing a month of action ... Returned to toss an inning in the SoCon Tournament against The Citadel (May 23) ... Had four fielding assists coming off the mound.
2012 (Junior): Used primarily as a left-handed specialist, made 26 appearances on the season to rank third on the WCU pitching staff, officially tossing just 11.1 innings with a 6.35 ERA ... Recorded 11 strikeouts against six walks, fanning two batters three times ... Made his Catamount debut in the second game of the season against Fordham (February 18) ... Held the opposition scoreless in 18 of his appearances with 14 hitless outings ... Four of the 17 hits he allowed on the season went for extra bases; Summer League: Started the summer with the Smokey Mountain Big Train in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League ... Left the Tennessee Big Train to join Rockbridge in the Valley League ... Three of his four appearances with Tennessee were starts, posting a 2-1 record ... With the Rapids, made six relief appearances for a combined 4.2 innings ... Finished with a 13.50 ERA, allowing seven runs on seven hits, only one for extra bases ... Struck out three against four walks.
Prior to Western Carolina: At Gadsden State: Posted an 8-7 overall record with one save for head coach Josh Johnson ... Tossed a combined 118 innings with 86 strikeouts against 44 walks in this freshman and sophomore seasons ... Was a part of a 32-9 region champion squad in 2010 and a 2011 team that finished 30-11, again winning the region championship ... During the summer prior to enrolling at WCU, posted a 5-2 record with a 2.25 ERA for the Smoky Mountain Big Train squad in the Carolina-Virginia League; In High School: Recorded a 13-4 overall record and one save in his final two seasons as a prep, tossing 88.1 innings with 76 strikeouts against 23 walks ... Was named the West region Pitcher of the Year and was first team All-State.
Personal: Full name is Garrett Hunter Brister ... Is the son of Rusty and Danata Brister ... Was born in Birmingham, Ala.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 2.2, ELON (3/23/13)
Hits Allowed: 3, ELON (3/23/13)
Strikeouts: 4, THE CITADEL (3/19/13)
Walks: 2, at The Citadel (3/9/12)
Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 2.2 (4/6/12 - 5/7/12)