Three-game series set for a 4 pm opening day game in Greenville, N.C.
Four Catamounts graduate with honors; three received graduate degrees
Bowman accepts the volunteer assistant position
Bryson Bowman headlines on the first team, four on second team
Senior OF additionally named first team ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region
2017 (Redshirt Senior): Started all 56 games in the outfield including 35 in right field and 21 in center field ... Claimed WCU's Triple Crown by leading the team in batting average (.381), RBI (59), and home runs (11) -- the 16th different Catamount to do so ... His seasonal batting average ranked third in the SoCon, while he led the conference with an overall on-base percentage of .470 ... Combined to rank inside 10 of the SoCon's Top 10 statistical categories and was among seven of the SoCon-only rankings ... Including reaching in WCU's first 42-games consecutively, he impressively reached base safely in 55 of WCU's 56 games on the season including posting hits in 49 of the 56 ... Posted a school-record tying 27-game hitting streak ... Finished with a team-best 16 multiple RBI games while recording 23 multiple hit games, second on the squad ... Received Southern Conference Player of the Week honors on April 3 after homering as a part of a .538 weekly batting average with three multi-hit games ... Hit for the cycle in a home win over Savannah State (April 25), finishing 4-for-5 with seven RBI ... Finished a perfect 4-for-4, just a triple shy of the cycle with three RBI in a win at Samford (April 30) ... Was named the SoCon Baseball Player of the Month for April ... Selected as the Southern Conference co-Player of the Year by the league's head coaches and the SoCon Player of the Year by the voting members of the SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference in the outfield ... Collected third team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and a fourth team All-America nod from the staff of College Sports Madness ... Was also a third team All-America selection from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) ... Named to the 2017 Atlantic ABCA / Rawlings All-Region first team.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Appeared in 61 of the team's 62 seasonal games with 61 starts ... Made a combined 58 starts in right field and three in center ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Collected first team ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region team honors ... Tabbed third team NCBWA All-America in the outfield ... Ranked third on the team with a .326 seasonal batting average, finishing with 35 extra base hits including 13 doubles, three triples and a team-best 19 home runs (t-3rd in SoCon) ... Homered in 13 games with five, two-home run outings ... His 62 runs scored were the most by a Catamount, and ranked tied for third in the SoCon ... Finished second on the team with 60 RBI ... Drew 43 walks, tied for the team lead and tied for sixth in the league ... His .661 slugging percentage was fourth-best in the SoCon while his .442 on-base percentage was 10th-best in the league ... Finished fourth on the WCU squad with 24 multi-hit games while leading the team with 17 games with multiple RBI ... Had two, career-long eight-game hitting streaks ... Batted .800 (16-of-20) with a runner at third and less than two outs ... Ranked third on the WCU squad with 21, two-out RBI ... Tallied a 25-game reached base safely streak, the second-longest streak on the team ... Tabbed SoCon Player of the Week on March 21 after collecting eight hits in four games, leading the team with a .471 batting average with three, multi-hit games and collected nine RBI ... Selected second team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... Following the season, was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees ... Was taken with the 998th overall pick.Summer League: Played for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League, appearing in five games in Wilson, going 3-for-18 (.167) with two RBI and three outfield putouts.
2015 (Junior): Transferred to Western Carolina prior to the fall of 2014 ... Sat out the 2015 season due before becoming eligible. Summer League: Played outfield for the Charles Town Cannons in the Valley Baseball League ... Hit .281 (43-for-153) through 39 games on the summer with 10 doubles and a home run ... Struck out 23 times against 11 walks and two HBPs ... Had four sacrifice flies adding to his 23 RBI total which was second on the team ... Added six stolen bases.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 6, three times (MR: at ETSU, 4/9/17)
Hits: 4, three times (MR - Mercer (5/18/17)
Runs: 4, SAVANNAH STATE (4/25/17)
Doubles: 2, at Nebraska (3/11/17) Triples: 2, at Indiana (3/11/16) Home Runs: 2, six times (MR - at Gardner-Webb, 4/19/17 ) RBI: 7, SAVANNAH STATE (4/15/17)
Walks: 3, UL-MONROE (2/27/16)
Hitting Streak: 27 games (3/16/17 - 4/29/17)