Ross Heffley leads WCU with 2-for-3 outing, Preston Hatcher strikes out two
Career Notes: Enters his senior season having been hit by 40 pitches, a mark which ranks third on the WCU career HBP charts just four shy of all-time leader, Barrett Shaft (44, 2005-08) ... Holds the single-season record for HBP's in a single-season with 25 during the 2010 season.
2011 (Redshirt Junior): Played in 53 of the Catamounts 55 games on the season making a combined 51 starts, 49 of which came in right field ... Also made four appearances on the mound including earning his first collegiate start on the hill in mid-week nonconference action against Kennesaw State ... Finished the season with a .293 batting average, tied for fourth on the team among everyday starters ... 12 of his 56 hits went for extra bases including 11 doubles ... Tied with three others for the second-longest consecutive-game seasonal hitting streak by hitting safely in 11-straight games from March 23 through April 9 for his career-long streak ... Posted 15 multiple hit games including nine, two-hit games and five, three-hit games while also recording four multi-RBI outings ... Recorded a .403 on-base percentage, third among everyday starters ... Led the team with a .595 batting average when batting as the lead-off hitter in an inning ... Hit his second career home run on the road at Appalachian State (May 8) ... Tied for the team lead with 15 HBP - which was tied for fourth in the SoCon - and laid down five sacrifice bunts ... Only committed one error in 101 chances on the season, posting a .990 fielding percentage ... Pitched 11.2 innings with a 5.40 ERA, twice fanning a career-high four against both KSU and The Citadel for a total of 11 strikeouts.
2010 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started 51 of the 58 games in which he saw action including 34 starts in right field, 13 in left field and once at first, second, shortstop and as the designated hitter ... Also made three appearances on the mound, finishing with a 9.00 ERA in two innings pitched with first career strikeout coming at OVC regular season champion, Tennessee Tech ... Set a school single-season record after being hit by 25 pitches, bypassing the previous record of 22 held by Jonathan Green in 2007 ... His 25 HBP's ranked fifth nationally ... Finished with a .282 batting average with 57 hits including nine doubles and two triples ... Hit a team-best .565 (26-for-46) when leading off an inning and led the team with nine sacrifice hits including six sac bunts ... Also posted a 3-for-5 (.600) average as a pinch hitter ... Finished with 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts ... Blasted his first NCAA Division I collegiate home run in sparking WCU's 11-4 win over Georgia Southern in the opening round of the 2010 Southern Conference Tournament ... Posted a career-long, nine-game hitting streak in mid-March ... Finished with five multiple RBI games and recorded 17 multi-hit games including three, three-hit games ... Tallied his first career base hit in the first at bat of his first game for the purple and gold, driving a 2-1 pitch to left center for a single in the season-opening win over Gardner-Webb ... Scheduled to play summer baseball with the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League.
Prior to Western: Played as a freshman at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for coach Whoa Dill ... Earned All-TEAC honors after collecting a .372 batting average with 12 doubles and five home runs ... Named NJCAA XIV All-Region after helping lead NC to the regional playoffs.
High School: Was a four-year varsity member at Tom C. Clark HS in San Antonio, Texas. Earned numerous honors his junior season after amassing a .387 batting average and posting a 5-2 record ... Helped lead Clark to a district championship his senior year after hitting .414 and posting an unblemished 7-0 record with a 0.86 ERA ... Earned two time honors in All-District, All-Area, All-San Antonio 5-A, also named to All-State during junior season ... Also lettered three years in football as a quarterback and defensive back.
Personal: Son of Darrell and Cheri Dullning ... Has two siblings, sister Cori and Chad ... Sister, Cori played Division I soccer at Centenary College ... Father played baseball at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 8, vs. Elon (5/25/11) Hits: 4, at Appalachian State (5/8/11) Runs: 3, three times (MR: at Furman (5/13/11) Doubles: 2, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE (3/10/10) Triples: 1, twice (MR: DAVIDSON, 5/22/10) Home Runs: 1, twice (MR: at Appalachian State (5/8/11) RBI: 3, four times (MR: at Appalachian State (5/8/11) Walks: 2, three times (MR: THE CITADEL, 5/20/11) HBP: 3, at Elon (4/18/10) Stolen Bases: 2, five times (MR: at Eastern Kentucky, 3/2/11) Hitting Streak: 11 games (3/23/11 - 4/9/11)
Career Game Highs: Innings Pitched: 5.1, THE CITADEL (5/21/11) Strikeouts: 4, twice (MR: THE CITADEL, 5/21/11) Walks: 4, THE CITADEL (5/21/11)