2008 (Junior): Started 38 games as a junior transfer including 20 in centerfield, seven in right, six in left and five times the DH ... Hit .273 for the season with 13 doubles and 13 home runs for a .596 slugging percentage to rank second on the squad in the latter two categories ... His 53 RBI were also second-most on the team ... Had 12 multiple hit games and 11 multi-RBI games - including two 5-or-more RBI outings - tied for second on the squad ... Led WCU with 18, two-out RBI ... Posted a career-high eight RBI on a 4-for-6 outing with two home runs in a home win over UNC Greensboro on March 28 ... Missed a month of the season due to a broken hand - at the time of his injury, was hitting .314 with nine home runs, 10 doubles and 35 RBI ... After returning from injury, struggled through a 7-for-42 (.167) stretch with three extra base hits before concluding the season with a 5-for-17 (.294) swing with three home runs and a double.
Prior to Western:Transferred to WCU from Young Harris Junior College where he played for former Catamount Alan Beck who was an assistant coach ... Led Young Harris to the 2007 JUCO World Series for the first time in school history...Batted .330 with six home runs and 30 RBIs on the year...Was named second team GJCAA Region XVII All-Conference in 2006 ... Helped Young Harris to a 42-10 record after batting .376, including 15 doubles, seven home runs, and 30 RBIs...Of his seven homers, three came in one game, tying a school record... Spent his summer playing with fellow Catamount Nick Liles on the Florence Red Wolves of the Coastal Plain League...Started 15 of the 17 games he appeared in, batting .230 with four doubles and seven RBIs on the season.
Personal:Born James Christopher Lyons...Son of Mike and MaryBeth Lyons.