Junior catcher is first underclassman to receive the honor
Three seniors, one junior tabbed by teammates as team captains
WCU to celebrate back-to-back regular season SoCon championships
WCU puts three on first team, four on the second team
Martin, Jones named first team; Hoyle, Strong on second team
Western Carolina baseball took down the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wednesday night at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium, 7-2.
Western Carolina Baseball opened up the 2013 season with an 8-5 victory over the Washington State Cougars. (Photos courtesy of Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)
Dykota Spiess broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run home run to lead the Catamounts to a 9-7 win over No. 24 Appalachian State to claim the series.
College of Charleston defeated the Catamounts, 6-2, on Sunday to win the series.
Cody Jones went 3-for-3 and Bradley Strong drove in three runs as Western Carolina downed Davidson, 5-3, on Sunday.
2014 (Senior): Started all 55 seasonal games in center field ... Tabbed first team ABCA All-Atlantic Region ... Finished with a .308 batting average ... Recorded hits in 45 of the team's 55 games on the season while reaching base safely in 49 of the 55 games ... Tallied a career-best 73 base hits, third on the Catamount squad ... Was second on the team with 16 doubles, adding a triple and a home run for 18 extra base hits ... Ranked third on the team with 21 multiple hit games including 15, two-hit outings ... Drove home a career-high 40 runs, the fourth-most on the WCU squad ... Was fourth on the squad with 10 multiple RBI games ... Reached base safely in a team - and career-best - 23-straight games from March 2 through April 9 ... Matched a career-high with five RBI in the home upset win over No. 15 Clemson (March 4) ... Turned in three sizeable hitting streaks on the year with spans of eight, nine and a career-long 14-game hit streak ... Had a career-best four hits including a double in a road win over UNCG (April 5), driving in three runs ... Posted two extra base hits in two separate games - legging out a double and hitting a home run in the home win over Wofford (March 30) and charting a double and triple in the home victory against Presbyterian (April 8) ... Named to the 2014 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Named second team All-State by the North Carolina Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).
2013 (Junior): Saw action in all 59 games on the season making 53 starts in the outfield including 39 in right field and 14 in center field ... Batted .283 on the year, collecting 54 hits in 191 at bats including 11 for extra bases ... Recorded a career-best eight doubles and matched his single-season high with three home runs ... Finished with 17 multiple hit games and four multiple RBI outings, tallying 12 two-out RBI ... Was 4-for-5 (.800) with the bases loaded, tied for the team high with four hits with three runners aboard ... Successfully stole six bases in seven attempts ... Hit .242 in SoCon play with 22 hits including six for extra bases ... Had a pair of six-game hitting streaks on the year including one from March 10 through March 20 and one to conclude the season May 16 through May 24 ... Walked a career-high three times at Davidson (March 9) ... Drove in a career-high five RBI, finishing 2-for-4 including a three-run home run against eventual OVC regular season champion, Tennessee Tech (May 3) ... Named to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Prior to the season, was one of four players selected as a team captain - the lone underclassman recognized by his teammates; Summer League: Played for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Appeared in 37 games during the summer, finishing with a .299 (41-of-137) batting average ... Finished tied for second with 12 doubles and had one home run while posting 27 RBI ... Was 6-of-10 in stolen bases during the summer ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition in the California Collegiate League.
2012 (Sophomore): Started 50 of the 53 games in which he saw action including 40-straight games to end the season ... Made 38 starts in right field and a dozen in center field ... Hit .312 on the year with eight of his 62 seasonal hits going for extra bases including five doubles ... Batted in eight of the nine slots in the batting order - the most on the team - hitting in every spot except the lead-off ... Hit .328 (20-of-61) against left-handed pitching ... Ranked tied for second on the team with 22 multiple hit games and had four multiple RBI performances ... Drove in 23 runs on the season ... Was selected second team All-SoCon in the outfield by College Sports Madness ... Belted an extra-inning, go-ahead home run in the loss to UNC Asheville (March 21) at McCormick Field ... Had two, eight-game hitting streaks from mid-March through mid-April - all told, secured hits in 19-of-21 games during the month and a half at mid-season ... Slumped down the stretch, collecting just four hits including a double in his final 10 games as a part of a 4-for-33 (.121) finish; Summer League: Played for the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2012 ... Finished the summer batting .284, third on the team ... Started 48 of the 50 games in which he saw action ... Recorded 54 hits in 190 at bats including seven doubles and drove in 18 runs ... Was 11-of-15 in stolen bases.
2011 (Freshman): Played in 35 games making 10 starts including six as the designated hitter, three in right field and once in left ... Ranked second on the team with 17 pinch hit opportunities ... Recorded a .273 batting average on the season with 15 base hits including three for extra bases in 55 at bats ... Finished with three multiple hit games and had two multi-RBI outings ... Collected both his first collegiate base hit and RBI with a pinch hit single through the right side in the fifth inning of the second game of the season against Morehead State (2/19) ... Swiped a career-best two stolen bases at Kennesaw State (3/15) ... Tripled at the College of Charleston (4/3) for his first extra base hit ... Drove in what proved to be the game-winning runs with a two-out, two RBI single to right field in the 16 inning victory over Furman (5/13).
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a two-time North Carolina State Games Region 8 participant ... Earned All-Northwest 4-A Conference accolades three times including garnering the conference's Player of the Year accolades as a senior ... Named All-Western North Carolina and to the All-State baseball team ... Holds the Enka HS school record for hits in a career ... Hit .490 as a senior with eight doubles and a career-best 12 home runs, driving in 36 runs ... As a junior, hit .423 with eight doubles and 19 RBI, stealing eight bases ... Played summer and fall baseball for the Diamond Mine.
Personal: Full name is Cody Patrick Jones ... Is the son of Eddie Jones and Tammy Hess ... Has five siblings; Erin Jones, Caitlyn Hess, Jordan Hess, Austin Dunbey and Justin Dunbey.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 6, six times (MR: APPALACHIAN STATE, 5/3/14)
Hits: 4, at UNCG (4/5/14)
Runs: 3, five times (MR: APPALACHIAN STATE, 5/3/14)
Doubles: 2, WAKE FOREST (2/20/13)
Triples: 1, twice (MR: PRESBYTERIAN, 4/8/14)
RBI: 5, twice (MR: CLEMSON, 3/4/14)
Walks: 3, twice (MR: at Furman, 4/7/13)
Stolen Bases: 2, four times (MR: at Wofford, 4/7/12)
Hitting Streak: 14 games (MR: 3/15/14 - 4/9/14)