|14 Austin Schultz
Career Notes: Finished with a .297 career batting average, legging out 21 doubles with two triples and eight home runs ... Stole 27 bases for the Catamounts ... Was hit by a pitch 23 times to rank tied for 12th at the time of his graduation.
2011 (Senior): Started all 54 games in which he saw action making 53 starts at third base and one at shortstop ... Batted leadoff for the Catamounts 52 times on the season, also hitting second and clean-up in his final season ... All 23 of WCU's victories in 2011 came with Schultz hitting leadoff ... Named to the second team All-Southern Conference at third base by both the league's head coaches and the voting members of the media ... Hit .288 on the season with 17 multiple hit games - tied for third on the squad - and six multi-RBI outings ... Reached base safely in 51 of the 54 games during his final season ... Tied for the second-longest hitting streak on the team with a career-best 11-game streak while also recording a 10-game stretch and two, six-game consecutive game hit streaks ... Drew a team-best 37 walks to help post a .410 on-base percentage ... Finished third on the team with career-best 15 doubles ... Tied for the team lead with 16 two-out RBI ... Drew a career-best four walks against Manhattan (2/27) ... Drove in a career-best six in a 3-for-6 showing with two doubles against Wofford (4/24).
2010 (Junior): Appeared in 56 games with 55 starts, all coming at shortstop during his first season at WCU ... Hit .307 to rank fourth on the squad with 14 of his 67 hits going for extra bases including seven home runs, six doubles and a triple ... Finished with 35 RBI including 11 runs driven in with two outs ... Recorded an eight-game hitting streak in mid-April with multi-hits in six of the eight games during the streak ... Posted 19 multiple-hit games to rank fourth on the team with seven multiple RBI outings including a five RBI performance at Elon ... Was fifth on the team with 14 stolen bases in 21 attempts on the year ... Led the team with 187 assists in the field, while also committing 27 errors ... Was hit by 13 pitches, third on the squad ... Homered in his first career at bat at WCU ... Turned in a career day by going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI in Sunday's finale at Elon ... Delivered a game-winning walk-off single against Davidson as the Catamounts ended the regular season with a sweep of the Wildcats ... Played summer baseball with teammates Matt Benedict and Tyler White with the Haymarket Senators in the Valley League.
Prior to Western Carolina: Spent two seasons at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. ... Helped lead Young Harris to a Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (GJCAA) State Championship his freshman season after hitting .306 with two home runs ... Garnered a .365 average with 76 hits, 52 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 56 games played during his sophomore campaign ... Set the school record for most runs scored in a season with 89. High School: Four year varsity infielder at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga. ... Earned second team All-Conference and All-Tournament during his sophomore campaign ... Named All-Region three consecutive years ... Earned All-County Honorable Mention his junior and senior seasons.
Personal: Full name is Austin C. Schultz ... Son of Michael and Cynthia Croom ... Has one brother, Cameron and one sister, Kayla ... Mother, Cynthia was a track and field athlete at the University of West Georgia ... Grandfather won a gold medal in basketball at the Senior Olympics ... Teammate of current Catamount, Andrew Chilcoat at Young Harris College.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 8, vs. Elon (5/25/11)
Hits: 4, twice (MR: at UNC Greensboro, 3/12/11)
Runs: 4, FURMAN (5/10/10)
Doubles: 2, twice (MR: WOFFORD, 4/24/11)
Triples: 1, twice (MR: at Col. of Charleston, 4/1/11)
Home Runs: 1, eight times (MR: ELON, 3/20/11)
RBI: 6, WOFFORD (4/24/11)
Walks: 4, MANHATTAN (2/27/11)
HBP: 2, twice (MR: MOREHEAD STATE, 2/19/11)
Stolen Bases: 4, CHARLOTTE (3/17/10)
Hitting Streak: 11 games (4/8/11 - 4/26/11)