WCU travels to Mercer to conclude the regular season this weekend
Cardinals out-hit Catamounts 14-to-8, hold WCU scoreless final five frames
Nobu Suzuki reached four times in a three-hit outing
Games scheduled for 6 pm Friday/Saturday, 2 pm on Sunday
Brett Pope collected three hits, Nobu Suzuki drove in three in win
2017 (Senior): Appeared in 11 games including nine relief appearances and a pair of starts ... Posted a 6.49 ERA over 26.1 innings pitched finishing with a 2-1 overall record ... Pitched two-or-more innings in eight of his appearances ... Tallied 13 strikeouts against 12 walks, posting K's in nine of his 11 appearances ... Made two starts including at Presbyterian (April 11) and against Savannah State (April 26), tossing four innings in a predetermined start in picking up his second win of the year against SSU ... Matched his career-long with five relief innings against Kent State (March 18), striking out a season-high four batters.
2016 (Junior): Made 17 appearances including 16 as a reliever and one start in his first season for the Purple & Gold ... Tossed 21.2 total innings with a 10.80 ERA and a 0-1 record ... Had six scoreless outings on the season, and twice did not allow a hit while on the mound ... Struck out 18 batters against 14 walks, tallying at least one strikeout in 10 of the 17 outings ... Made his one start against mountain-rival UNC Asheville (April 19) at home, surrendering seven runs on five hits with five strikeouts against five walks ... Also saw limited time in the field, subbing at third base at Indiana (March 11) and seeing one plate appearance at No. 3 North Carolina (March 22); Summer League: Pitched for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League ... Each of his six appearances came in a starting role, tossing 33.1 innings with a 1-3 record and a 5.13 ERA ... Posted 23 strikeouts against nine walks on the summer ... Three of his six starts went six-or-more innings ... Batted 17 times posting a .294 average with five hits including three home runs with one stolen base.
Prior to Western Carolina: Played two seasons at Tallahassee CC but was part of the Eagles' program from 2012 to 2015, missing the entire 2014 season due to an injury ... A two-way player, saw action in 87 career games, primarily as a middle infielder while also making 24 appearances as a pitcher ... Offensively, osted a career .248 batting average with four home runs and 31 RBIs, and as a pitcher, finished his career at Tallahassee with a 4-4 record and 2.91 ERA. High School: Was coached by J.T. Gilbert ... Named Pitcher of the Year in 2010 & 2011 ... Was a 2012 Dugout Club 1st Team selection ... Served as team captain in 2012
Personal: Son of Ron and Susanne Mabini ... Has a brother, Andrew, who plays baseball at Marryville College.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 5.0, twice (MR: KENT STATE, 3/18/17)
Strikeouts: 5, UNC ASHEVILLE (4/19/16)
Walks: 5, UNC ASHEVILLE (4/19/16)