WCU hosts Clemson, travels to Georgia in tourney action
2007: Continued his successes after transferring from Campbell one year ago...Opened the year with six consecutive starts without a loss...Ended the year with an 8-3 record in 18 appearances, 16 of those as a starter...Eight wins was good for 5th in the SoCon...Led the team with 83 strikeouts, also finishing in 5th place in the conference, and leading the team in that category...Had a season-high 11 strikeouts on March 30 in a game against the Citadel in an eight-inning win...Threw his first career complete game when he shut out Appalachian State on May 4th...That same week was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week...Was a two-time Southern Conference TIAA-CREF Student-Athlete of the Week...After the season, was named to the First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III team...Mentioned as a "Player to Watch" by Collegiate Baseball and was listed as a candidate for Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year by PGCrosschecker.com ... Named to the second team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches.
2006: Showed an amazing turnaround after transferrering from Campbell after two years ... Won eight of his 16 appearances, 15 coming in a starting role ... Tossed 91.1 innings, walking just 13 with 79 strikeouts with a 4.40 earned run average, which ranked fourth in the Southern Conference ... His eight wins were tied for seventh-most in the league and 79 strikeouts ranked 10th ... Longest outing was a career-best, eight-inning, 6-1, WCU victory over Elon where he struck out a career-high 11 ... More impressively, of his 11 K's, six came in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings after sitting through an hour and a half rain/lightening delay, including three K's looking ... Scattered seven hits (only one extra base hit) over his eight innings and surrendered one run while walking one ... Was named SoCon Pitcher of the Week following that performance.
PRIOR TO WESTERN: In 2005 at Campbell, went 0-6 with a save and an 8.43 ERA in 52.1 innings over 19 appearances on the mound ... Started six games on the year, including four of his first six games ... Got the ball for the season opener and got a no-decision after working 4.0 innings against N.C. State ... Pitched 3.0 shutout innings at Mercer to earn his first collegiate save ... Worked 4.1 shutout innings and struck out a career-high six in relief at Lispcomb ... Had most productive start pitching 6.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits and striking out five in the season finale against Belmont ... Had six outings of four-plus strikeouts and seven appearances of three or more innings pitched ... Redshirted as a true freshman in 2004 but not before making two appearances on the mound.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a three-year letter winner at T. W. Andrews HS ... A two-time All-Conference selection ... Earned All-State honors as a senior after posting a 7-1 record on the mound and batting .509 at the plate ... Opponents hit just .153 and had a 1.33 ERA during his senior campaign ... Notched six victories as a junior, while striking out 80 batters.
PERSONAL: Born Tyler Steven Sexton in High Point, N.C. ... Son of Steve and Susan Sexton.