Loss marks final game for 11 Catamount seniors
Games scheduled for 6 pm Friday/Saturday, 2 pm on Sunday
Brendan Nail matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts in Sunday's win
Bryson Bowman drives home game-winning run in bottom of 9th
Spencer Holcomb hits team-leading fourth home run in loss
Western Carolina wins seventh straight season opener and tenth in to begin 2015 season at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Returned to the WCU lineup, playing in 58 games with 54 starts including 37 at shortstop, nine at second base and eight at shortstop ... Batted .223 with 40 hits in 179 at bats, finishing with six doubles and five home runs ... Hit .243 against right-handed pitching ... Drove in a career-high 38 RBI including 11 two-out RBI ... Tallied 10 multi-hit games including eight, two-hit outings ... Posted a season-long four game hit streak that was bookended by three-hit games in mid-May ... Also had 10 multi-RBI games ... Hit his first career grand slam home run to start a three-game series sweep at Wofford (April 1) ... Finished tied for the team-lead with five hits with the bases loaded, hitting 5-for-14 (.357) ... Walked a career-high tying three times in a road win at Wofford (April 3) ... Matched a career-best five RBI in a home win over UNCG (May 14) ... Drew a bases loaded walk to cap a four-run, ninth-inning rally in the first round against Wofford (May 25) that started WCU's SoCon Tournament championship run ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Junior): Started each of the 16 games in which he saw action for the Catamounts on the infield before being sidelined with a shoulder injury ... Had season-ending surgery ... He applied - and was approved - for a medical redshirt ... Made 11 starts at shortstop, three at second base and two at third base ... After opening the season 4-for-5 (.800), was hitting .263 at the time of his injury (15-for-57) with a double and six runs driven in ... Recorded three multiple-hit games and two multi-RBI outings ... Had a three-game hitting streak ... Named to the 2014-15 SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (Sophomore): Played in 53 of the team's 55 games making 45 starts including 26 at third base and 19 at shortstop ... Batted .213 on the season (29-for-136) with eight doubles, two triples and a home run, recording 27 RBI including 10 with two-outs ... Posted a career-long, five-game hitting streak while reaching base safely in nine-straight games from April 12-26 ... Finished with two, four-hit games for his career-best - doing so against Presbyterian (April 8) and Appalachian State (May 3) ... Tallied five multiple RBI games ... Recorded his first career extra base hit with a double against nationally-ranked Clemson (March 4) ... Tripled against Furman (April 13) ... Hit his first career home run against archrival Appalachian State (May 3), a three-run shot over the "Purple Monster" in left field as a part of a career-high five RBI ... Was a part of turning nine double plays in the field; Summer League: Played with the Alexandria (Va.) Aces of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League ... Played in 28 games on the summer, collecting 33 hits in 106 at bats including five doubles for a .311 batting average ... Scored 21 runs with five RBI ... Recorded three, three-hit games over the summer ... Was named to the Cal Ripken Collegiate League All-Star game.
2013 (Freshman): Appeared in 27 games on the season including four starts, three at third base and once at second base ... Primarily used as a pinch runner and defensive substitution, finished 2-for-20 (.100) at the plate as a rookie with limited at bats ... Scored six runs on the year, four coming after entering the game as a pinch runner ... Made his first career start at third base against Longwood (February 27) ... Collected his first collegiate base hit, extra base hit and collegiate RBI in his fourth appearance of the season, delivering a two-out double to right center field in the bottom of the second inning against Hofstra (March 2) ... Recorded three RBI on the year; Summer League: Played in 35 of the team's 43 games, primarily at shortstop for the Winchester (Va.) Royals in the Valley League ... Finished with a .272 (37-of-136) batting average, recording three doubles and a triple ... Had 11 multi-hit games ... Led Winchester with 20 runs scored on the summer ... Drove in 15 runs and stole four bases on the summer ... Earned Mid-Season All-Star recognition.
Prior to Western Carolina: Played high school baseball at Cutherbertson HS for head coach Travis Little ... Was an All-Rocky River Conference selection three times, earning honorable mention in 2010 ... Was a part of the Cuthbertson High baseball program that accumulated a 73-11 record over its first three years of existence, winning the league tournament title each year.
Personal: Is the son of Jeff and Cathy Long ... His father, Jeff, was a two-sport student-athlete at Lenior-Rhyne, playing both football and baseball ... Was born in Orange Park, Fla.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 7, at Winthrop (4/15/14)
Hits: 4, three times (MR: PURDUE, 2/13/15)
Runs: 4, APPALACHIAN STATE (5/3/14)
Doubles: 1, 15 times: MR - UNCG (5/14/16)
Triples: 1, twice (MR: APPALACHAIN STATE, 5/3/14)
Home Runs: 2, UNCG (5/14/16)
RBI: 5, twice: MR - UNCG (5/14/16)
Walks: 3, three times: MR - at Wofford (4/3/16)
Hitting Streak: 5 games (4/12/14 - 4/26/14)