Matt Smith headlines list with first team selection
Western Carolina falls to top-seeded Clemson on Sunday, 15-3
No. 2 Western Carolina downs No. 6 Samford Saturday night, 7-4
Nobu Suzuki drew a bases loaded HBP for Catamounts 10th conference crown
Catamounts to face winner of No. 4 Furman / No. 6 Samford game around 7 pm
2016 (Senior): Played in 61 of the team's 62 games with a total of 61 appearances in the starting line-up -- with a staggering 56 starts behind the plate ... Finished just below the .300 batting average plateau by hitting .296, collecting 67 hits in 226 plate appearances ... Recorded 11 doubles and six home runs, driving in 36 to give him an even 100 for his career ... Ranked third in the SoCon with 14 HBPs at the plate ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting members of the media ... Finished with 19 multi-hit games with eight games with multiple RBI ... Finished the year on a season-long, nine-game hitting streak which was also his longest reached base safely streak ... Led the SoCon with 30 runners caught stealing while his 448 putouts ranked fourth in the league ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll. ... Appeared on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List for a second-straight season ... Named preseason All-Southern Conference first team by the league's head coaches, as well as by College Sports Madness ... Selected second team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).
2015 (Junior): Started in all 48 games in which he played ... 38 of his starts came behind the plate with six starts at first base, two in right field and twice as the designated hitter ... Ranked third on the team with a .317 batting average ... Ranked second on the team with 10 multiple RBI games and was tied for third with 19 multi-hit games ... Second on the team with 14 doubles ... Threw out 13 would-be base stealers, fifth in the SoCon, while the 49 attempts against ranked fourth in the league ... Finished fourth with 415 chances and with 366 putouts ... Collected a career-high four RBI at home in game one of a doubleheader against Holy Cross (March 7) ... Was hit by a team-high 15 pitches during the year, tied for the second-most in the SoCon in 2015 and tied for seventh-most in WCU's single-season record book ... Plunked a career-high three times in a wild game at Samford (May 10) ... Doubled twice in the home finale weekend against VMI (May 14) ... Named to the second team All-Southern Conference squad by the coaches at catcher ... Named second team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... Had a career-long 11-game hitting streak during the season ... Was chosen to wear the coveted No. 7 jersey as the 2015 "Leggett No. 7 Legacy" recipient, as selected by head coach Bobby Moranda and the Catamount baseball coaching staff ... Is the fifth WCU player to wear the legacy honor all-time, but the first underclassman as the four previous honorees were all in their senior seasons ... Voted a team captain - just the second underclassman to garner the honor in recent years at WCU ... Appeared on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List ... Named to the first team preseason All-Southern Conference at catcher ... Named to the 2014-15 SoCon Academic Honor Roll; Summer League: Won a New England Baseball League Championship, catching for the Vermont Mountaineers ... Played in 21 games, recording a .254 batting average by finishing 15-for-59 with seven doubles and a home run ... Had two, multi-hit games ... Tallied 10 RBI with four runs scored ... Only struck out eight times while drawing nine walks.
2014 (Sophomore): Saw action in 43 of WCU's 55 seasonal games, making 24 starts including 22 behind the plate, one in right field and once as the designated hitter ... Batted .305 (32-for-105) with six extra base hits including five doubles and a home run ... Posted nine multiple hit games including eight two-hit outings, while finishing with three, two-RBI games to match his career-high ... Reached base safely in a career-long 20-straight games, the second-longest streak on the team ... Hit safely in five-straight games, matching a career-long streak (March 12-19) ... Matched a career-high with three hits - all singles - against Wofford (March 29), reaching base five times with a career-high tying two walks ... Scored the game-winning run after drawing a lead-off walk in the 12th inning in the neutral site win over Wake Forest (May 1) ... Hit his first collegiate home run with a solo shot to left at Georgia Southern (May 11); Summer League: Played for the Alexandria (Va.) Aces of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League ... Finished the summer with a .242 batting average, collecting 29 hits in 120 at bats with six doubles and three home runs ... Hit .255 (27-for-106) during the regular season ... Drove in 16 runs while scoring 20 ... Had eight multi-hit games including two, three-hit outings ... Was named to the Cal Ripken Collegiate League All-Star game.
2013 (Freshman): Played in 37 of WCU's 59 games on the season making 29 starts, all coming behind the plate ... Posted a .240 (24-for-100) batting average with six extra base hits including five doubles and a triple ... Finished with five multiple-hit games including three, two-hit outings while recording two, two-RBI games ... Walked 13 times and was plunked twice for his .336 on-base percentage ... Batted .298 (17-for-57) against conference opponents with five extra base hits including four doubles and his triple ... Threw out 11 of the 32 base stealers on the season with one double-play, catching nearly 26-percent of runners ... Enjoyed a career-long, five-game hitting streak in early March ... Made his collegiate debut in the second game of the regular season, earning his first collegiate start behind the plate against Pac-12 foe, Washington State (Feb. 16) ... Delivered his first collegiate base hit and first career RBI on an eight-inning single up the middle against the Cougars ... Tallied his first extra base hit with a double at Georgia (March 5), driving in a run as a part of WCU's five-run top of the first inning ... Collected a career-high three hits on two occasions, going 3-for-4 with a double at the College of Charleston (March 16) and finishing 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI at UNCG (April 27) ; Summer League: Played for the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League ... Started all 10 games in which he saw action before leaving the team ... Batted just .077 (2-for-26) with four RBI ... Drew five walks and was hit by a pitch to counter 10 strikeouts ... Recorded 60 putouts with 10 assists while committing two errors for a .972 fielding percentage.
Prior to Western Carolina: A four-year varsity team member, played high school baseball at Forsyth Central HS for head coach Kevin McCollum ... Earned All-Region and All-County accolades behind the plate ... Was the Forsyth Central team MVP final three seasons as a prep ... Tagged as a "top prospect" by the BaseballFactory.com ... Listed among "Other Top Players" in the ESPNHS All-State baseball team.
Personal: Full name is Daniel Alejandro Bermudez ... Is the son of Jose Bermudez and Lorena Francis ... Was born in Caracas, Venezuela ... Has three siblings - Dayhana, Dayhali and David Bermudez.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 7, at Davidson (3/12/13)
Hits: 3, 10 times: MR - SAMFORD (4/15/16)
Runs: 4, twice: MR - at VMI - 1 (4/10/16)
Doubles: 2, VMI (5/14/15)
Triples: 1, twice (MR: at Kennesaw State, 3/31/15)
Home Runs: 1, 14 times: MR - vs. Mercer - 2 SoCon (5/29/16)
Walks: 4, UNCG (5/14/16)
RBI: 4, HOLY CROSS (3/7/15)
HBP: 3, at Samford (5/10/15)
Stolen Bases: 2, twice (MR: KENNESAW STATE, 3/18/15)
Hitting Streak: 11 games (3/24/15 - 4/12/15)