Western Carolina wins seventh straight season opener and tenth in to begin 2015 season at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
2015 (Junior): 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 ... Named to the first team preseason All-Southern Conference at catcher.
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, three times (MR: WOFFORD, 3/29/14) Runs: 2, eight times (MR: at Winthrop, 4/15/4) Doubles: 1, 10 times (MR: vs. Georgia Southern, 5/22/14) Triples: 1, THE CITADEL (3/29/13) Home Runs: 1, at Georgia Southern (5/11/14) Walks: 2, three times (MR: UNC ASHEVILLE, 4/1/14) RBI: 2, five times (MR: at Samford, 4/26/14) HBP: 2, twice (MR: KENNESAW STATE, 5/13/14) Stolen Bases: 2, at Winthrop (4/15/14) Hitting Streak: 5 games (twice, 3/12/14 - 3/19/14)