|2 Ross Heffley
Concluded his senior season as Western Carolina's all-time leader in career hits, collecting 354 to rank fourth in Southern Conference history all-time ... Additionally ranked on numerous WCU offensive career charts: at bats (933, 1st); career on-base percentage (.452, 1st); career batting average (.379, 3rd); total bases (532, 3rd); RBI (222, 3rd-t); doubles (51, 13th); sacrifice flies (12, 5th-t); home runs (35, 11th); base on balls (119, 11th) ... Additionally ranks second in total games started (221) and is eighth in games played (221) ... In the field, his 513 career assists at second base rank him fifth in program history.
Note: Selected in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves ... He was the 569th overall pick ... Heffley became the sixth WCU baseball player drafted by Atlanta all-time joining Chris Masters (11th round, 2009); Ryan Basner (7th round, 2003); Charles Thomas (19th round, 2000); Dave Piela (54th round, 1988); and Ron Huntington (39th round, 1986).
2012 (Senior): One of just three Catamounts to start all 56 games on the season and one of just two to start every game at the same position ... Was second on the team with a .346 seasonal batting average and with 43 runs driven in, leading the team with 12 multiple RBI games ... Recorded base hits in 45 of the 56 games, pacing the team with 80 hits including 27 multiple hit games ... Had a team-high 22 extra base hits including 12 doubles ... Led the squad with nine home runs and 35 walks, drawing two-or-more walks in five games ... Only struck out 14 times, the lowest mark among the regulars and ranking among the top 15 nationally in toughest to strikeout ... Finished his final season with a .524 slugging and a .436 on-base percentage ... Also stole a career-best 16 bases in 18 attempts ... Named first team All-Southern Conference at second base by both the league's head coaches and voting members of the media ... Was additionally selected first team All-SoCon in the infield by College Sports Madness ... Named to the 2012 University Division All-State Baseball Team by the Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... Was dubbed the SoCon Player of the Week on March 12 after guiding WCU to a 4-1 record on the week, batting .611 (11-for-18) with two doubles and a .722 slugging percentage ... Was a part of turning 41 double plays ... Became WCU's all-time leader in career hits on his first at bat in a road win over Elon (May 5), sharply singling up the middle on the second pitch of his first at bat in the first inning ... Matched his career-long 15-game hitting stream from mid-April through mid-May, raising his seasonal batting average over 30 points ... Named to the preseason All-Southern Conference first team as well as Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America team at second base.
2011 (Junior): Started all 53 games in which he played at second base, becoming the first WCU player to earn the team's Triple Crown since 2007 by pacing the squad in batting average (.419), RBI (65) and home runs (11) ... Led the Southern Conference in both batting average and on-base percentage (.483), both career-highs ... His batting average did not dip below .384 all season (March 27) and stayed above the .400 plateau the final 26 games of the season ... Named first team All-Southern Conference at second base by both the league's head coaches and voting members of the media ... Named first team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball becoming the 11th different Catamount all-time and just the third, first team selection in school history ... Earned first team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), just the second WCU player to do so all-time ... Set personal career single-season highs in batting average and base hits with 96, tied for the ninth-most in WCU single-season history and second in the SoCon on the year ... Also scored a career-best 52 runs and drove in a career-high 65 RBI ... Reached base safely (H, BB, HBP) in 51 of the 53 games in which he played including a stretch of 38-straight games to conclude the season ... Led WCU with a .479 (34-of-71) batting average with runners in scoring position while hitting .900 (18-for-20) with a runner on third and less than two outs ... Paced the squad with 33 multiple hit games and 18 multiple RBI outings ... Finished tied for the team lead with 16 two-out RBI ... Was a two-time SoCon Player of the Week, bookending the opening and final weeks of the regular season with the honor ... On Feb. 21., earned his first career weekly honor by hitting .750 (9-for-12) with two doubles and a home run while driving in nine ... Additionally garnered Southeast Player of the Week from CollegeBaseballInsider.com for his performance ... On May 23, picked up the accolade by batting .700 (7-for-10) in a three-game sweep of The Citadel with a pair of home runs ... Matched a SoCon Tournament record with teammate Aaron Attaway with a career-high 10 at bats in the epic 20-inning game against Elon in the conference championship event ... His two-run home run in the top of the 20th inning helped the Catamounts bounce the top-seeded Phoenix into the loser's bracket ... Posted a career-best perfect 5-for-5, five RBI game in a home win over Morehead State (Feb. 19).
2010 (Sophomore): Started all 56 games in which he saw action, missing three games due to a strained hamstring suffered in mid-April ... Started 37 games at second base with 18 at designated hitter and once at first base because of the hamstring injury ... Led the team with 28 multiple hit games and 16 multiple RBI games, tallying five-or-more RBI a team-best three times ... Recorded a team-best .361 batting average with a team-high 86 hits including 15 doubles and a seasonal career-high 11 home runs ... Paced the team with 63 runs batted in including a team-leading 25 two-out RBI ... Hit a team-high .420 against left-handed pitching and .357 with runners on base ... Had two, eight-game hitting streaks during the season, finishing by hitting in six-consecutive ... Reached base safely in 50 of the 56 games in which he played ... Scored the game-winning runs twice in WCU's SoCon Tournament run including plating the winner against second-seeded College of Charleston in the 12-inning come-from-behind win, and again against Appalachian State in the semifinals, eliminating the arch-rival Mountaineers ... Was a preseason All-Southern Conference selection as well as a third team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America selection ... Scheduled to play summer baseball with the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League.
2009 (Freshman): Started all 56 games in which he played, missing one game due to precautions surrounding a concussion suffered after being struck in the batting helmet ... Named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, WCU's seventh selection all-time ... Was also selected to the inaugural SoCon All-Freshman team ... Named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team as selected and announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper ... Ranked second on the team with a .391 batting average including 92 base hits to rank third on the squad ... Led the team with 34 multiple hit games including 11 three-hit outings ... Also had 14 multi-RBI performances ... Posted a career-long, 14-game hitting streak that ended in the conference tournament ... Opened his collegiate career by reaching safely on base hits in 13-consecutive games ... Settled into the number three slot in the WCU batting order where he played 43 of his 56 games on the season ... Held a .400-plus batting average until April 24 of his rookie campaign.
Prior to Western: Was a three-year varsity starter along the middle infield ... Helped lead Brookwood High to the 2008 Georgia State 5-A Championship and a national ranking of No. 3 according to the USA Today poll ... Hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh in a 2-2 game against Walton in the state finals ... Was named First Team Gwinnett All-County with a .403 batting average including nine home runs, 15 doubles and three triples for a .790 slugging percentage ... Amassed 40 RBI in his final season as a prep ... Garnered Gwinnett Dugout Club Player of the Month accolades in April and was tabbed a Gwinnett Dugout Club Academic Award Winner ... Was a part of back-to-back Georgia Region 8 5-A Championshp squads in 2007 and '08, advancing to the state final four ... Played summer league baseball with Line Drive Baseball.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 10, vs. Elon (5/27/11)
Hits: 5, MOREHEAD STATE (2/19/11)
Runs: 4, three times (MR: DUKE, 3/6/12)
Doubles: 2, seven times (MR: at The Citadel, 3/11/12)
Triples: 1, five times (MR: FURMAN, 4/15/12)
Home Runs: 2, four times (MR: COL. OF CHARLESTON, 4/27/12)
RBI: 6, twice (MR: FURMAN, 5/10/10)
Walks: 3, five times (MR: at The Citadel, 3/11/12)
HBP: 1, 14 times (MR: at Elon, 5/6/12)
Stolen Bases: 2, at The Citdel (3/11/12)
Hitting Streak: 15 games, twice (4/14/12 - 5/12/12)