Taylor Durand tosses career-long five innings, striking out four
Kent State answered WCU's three-run seventh to reclaim lead
Final game scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm
WCU belts seven home runs in two, seven-inning games
WCU to face host Seahawks, Richmond and St. John's on 2016 opening weekend
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Saw action in 39 games with 21 starts including 18 at first base and three in left field ... Hit .210 on the season with 17 hits in 81 at bats ... Amassed a .444 slugging percentage with seven doubles and four home runs ... Collected 20 combined RBI on the year, tallying six multiple RBI games -- third on the WCU squad ... Tallied a career-high three RBI three times ... Made his first career start at first base near his hometown at UNCG (March 22), responding with a 2-for-4, career-high two double, two RBI performance ... Belted his first career home run against Furman (April 17), clearing the batter's eye in straight-away center field at home for a three-run shot ... Hit home runs at East Tennessee State (April 24) and in back-to-back games in the regular season finale against VMI (May 15) and a line-drive shot against Samford in the Southern Conference Tournament in Charleston, S.C. (May 20) ... In the field, recorded 192 putouts with 181 assists while committing just two errors for a .990 fielding percentage, ranked tied for 27th in WCU's single-season record books ... Was a part of turning 14 double plays; Summer League: Helped the Kernersville Bulldogs post a 43-13 record on the summer in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League ... Played in 41 games with a .322 batting average ... Collected 39 hits including 11 doubles and four home runs with 27 RBI ... Was named a CVCL All-Star.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in eight games, all in a reserve role as either a pinch hitter or pinch runner ... Finished with a .200 batting average (1-for-5), reaching base twice with a hit and a HBP ... Posted a .333 on-base percentage ... Scored his first career run in a pinch hit role in game one against Rider (March 15), drawing a HBP before scoring as a part of WCU's 14-run eighth inning ... Collected his first collegiate base hit on a pinch hit single to right field against East Tennessee State (March 19) ... Additionally worked with the Catamount pitching staff as a bullpen catcher; Summer League: Played for the New Market (Va.) Rebels of the Valley League ... Played in 29 games on the summer, collecting eight hits in 85 at bats (.094) with a double ... Recorded 11 RBI and scored five runs ... Drew 15 walks on the summer as a part of a .228 on-base percentage.
2013 (Freshman): Took a medical redshirt, sitting out the season ... Worked with the Catamount pitchers as the bullpen catcher. Summer League: Saw action in 37 games during the summer playing first base and catching for the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League ... Finished with a .213 (19-of-89) batting average and a .348 slugging percentage ... Recorded nine doubles and a home run ... Drove in 20 runs while scoring 16 times ... Walked 16 times with three HBPs to counter 29 strikeouts ... Recorded three multi-hit games including twice collecting three hits in a game ... Tallied three doubles and four RBI on July 27 against the Central Virginia BlueSox.
Prior to Western Carolina: Started his prep career at shortstop, but was asked to move behind the plate ... Played prep baseball at Robert B. Glenn HS ... Also played basketball as a prep, earning All-County honors as a sophomore ... Suffered a torn ACL on the first day of basketball practice his senior season.
Personal: Full name is Jason Caswell Smith ... Is the son of Mike and Debbie Smith ... Has on sibling, Casey ... Comes from a baseball family as his father, Mike; his grandfather played for the Cleveland Indians organization and his great grandfather was a part of three World Series with the New York Yankees.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 5, FURMAN (4/17/16)
Hits: 1, EAST TENNESSEE STATE (3/19/14)
Doubles: 2, at UNCG (3/22/15)
Home Runs: 1, six times: MR - at Furman (5/7/16)
Runs: 3, THE CITADEL (3/28/15)
HBP: 1, five times: MR - at Georgia Tech (3/5/16)
Hitting Streak: 3 games (4/24/15 - 4/26/15)