Catamounts host Mercer in SoCon play this weekend
WCU falls twice on Sunday, losing two games by just three combined runs
Teams to complete the series with a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 1 pm
Bulldogs overcome Catamounts' early advantage in nonconference win
Wofford erased a five-run deficit to take the series opener
2016 (Freshman): Traveled all season but did not see game action, taking a redshirt; Summer League: Played for the Piedmont Pride of the Southern Collegiate League ... Saw action in 24 games on the summer, posting a .316 batting average ... Turned in five multi-hit games including a three-hit showing on July 8 ... Finished with 18 hits including a double and a home run, recording eight RBI ... Drew seven walks..
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time All-Western Highlands Conference selection, twice garnering the league's MVP honor in his final two seasons ... Posted a career .386 batting average with 34 career doubles, five triples and 22 home runs ... Amassed 114 career RBI and stole 13 bases ... Batted over .440 in each of his final three seasons as a prep, helping his squad to three-straight, 20-win seasons ... High school coach was Mark Cook.
Personal: Full name is Justin Michael Sparks ... Is the son of Mike and Wendi Sparks ... Has a younger brother, Matthew ... His father, Mike, played football at Ole Miss ... Traditionally draws a No. 2 and a cross in the dirt when he approaches the plate in memory of slain Buncombe County police officer - and family friend - Jeff Hewitt ... the No. 2 represents Hewitt's unit number.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 4, MARSHALL (2/25/17)
Hits: 2, three times (MR: FURMAN, 4/14/17)
Runs: 2, three times (MR: THE CITADEL, 4/2/17)
Doubles: 1, three times (MR: WOFFORD, 5/6/17)
Home Runs: 1, SAVANNAH STATE (4/25/17)
RBI: 3, SAVANNAH STATE (4/25/17)
Walks: 1, five times (MR: at Kennesaw State, 5/8/17)
Hitting Streak: 3 games (4/11/17 - 4/15/17)