Ross Heffley leads WCU with 2-for-3 outing, Preston Hatcher strikes out two
2011 (Freshman): Played in 40 games on the season making 25 starts including 20 in leftfield and five as the designated hitter ... Endured an 0-for-21 start at the plate in his WCU career, going hitless through the first 12 games of his career before breaking through with a sharply hit single to the shortstop side of second base in a road win at Davidson (3/27) ... Finished with five, two-hit games and a pair of multiple RBI games in his rookie season ... Raised his batting average 143 points over the second half of the season to finish at .208 with 20 hits in 96 at bats ... Five of his 20 hits went for extra bases ... Recorded his first career extra base hit with a double in a 2-for-4 showing against Wofford (4/24) ... Belted his first collegiate home run with a three-run, line drive shot to right field against San Diego State (5/1) ... Helped spark a 10-run top of the fifth inning at Appalachian State (5/9) with a bases-clearing triple down the right field line ... Also homered in the final home series of the regular season against The Citadel (5/21) ... Swiped five bases in seven attempts on the year ... ... During the summer of 2011, was named to the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League All-Star game and was a part of the league-winning, Kernersville Bulldogs squad.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was named the Triad 3-A Conference Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons ... Hit at least .320 in all four prep seasons, belting a school-record 28 home runs ... Batted .561 as a senior ... Garnered the 2009 Offensive Player of the Year plaudit after hitting .467 with eight home runs and 34 RBI as a junior, earning 18 intentional walks ... In 2008, was named All-State and MVP after hitting .420 with 10 homers and 39 runs driven in ... Was selected to play with the NC team in the South Atlantic Battle of the Borders.
Personal: Full name is John Macon Smith ... Is the son of Gary and Sallie Smith ... Has two siblings, Lyndsay and Riley ... Is the cousin of fellow Catamount, Jordan Smith.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 8, vs. Elon (5/27/11) Hits: 2, five times (MR: THE CITADEL 5/19/11) Runs: 2, three times (MR: at Appalachian State, 5/9/11) Doubles: 1, twice (MR: at Appalachian State, 5/9/11) Triples: 1, at Appalachian State (5/9/11) Home Runs: 1, twice (MR: THE CITADEL, 5/21/11) RBI: 4, MOREHEAD STATE (2/18/11) Walks: 2, twice (MR: vs. Elon, 5/25/11) HBP: 1, four times (MR: at Furman, 5/13/11) Stolen Bases: 1, five times (MR: at Furman, 5/15/11) Hitting Streak: 5 games, twice (MR: 5/14/11 - 5/21/11)