Junior catcher is first underclassman to receive the honor
WCU won 11 of final 15 games of the season; claimed second-straight regular season title
WCU hosts UNCA Tuesday before visiting UNCG in league play
WCU hosts Wofford in Southern Conference play
Senior to wear the No. 7 jersey made famous by former coach Jack Leggett
2011 (Redshirt Senior): Played in 50 games with 49 starts including 28 as the Catamount catcher after a late season injury to Adam Martin and 21 starts as the designated hitter ... Named first team All-Southern Conference as a designated hitter by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Finished second on the team with a .335 batting average - 11th in the SoCon -- driving in a career single-season best 42 runs on the season ... Also ranked second on the team with 19 multiple hit games and 10 multiple RBI outings ... Set a WCU single-season record with a SoCon-leading eight sacrifice flies, finishing with 10 sacrifice hits on the year ... Threw out 15 would-be base stealers to rank tied for fourth in the SoCon ... Recorded a six-game hitting streak on the season spanning the end of February through early March ... Tallied an even more impressive run in mid-April, hitting safely in 10-of-11 games - nine which were multi-hit performances - posting a 23-for-44 (.523) ... During that stretch, hit to raise his seasonal betting average 65 points ... Named Southern Conference Player of the Week on April 25 after leading the Catamounts by hitting .750 (9-for-12) including two doubles and a home run and 10 RBI ... Recorded a career-best 5-for-5 performance, scoring a career-high four runs and driving in a career benchmark six RBI in a home win over Wofford (4/24) ... Caught all 16 innings, tallying a career-high eight at bats in the road win at Furman (5/13).
2010 (Senior): Only saw action in two games before fouling a ball off his front leg, fracturing a bone that forced him to miss the remainder of the season ... Fouled off a 2-2 count against Gardner-Webb in Forest City, N.C. ... Earned a medical red-shirt to return for a redshirt senior season where he is expected to play behind the plate and alternate as designated hitter and perhaps see time at first base ... Hit .333 in two games with his lone hit coming as a home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning in the season-opener against Gardner-Webb ... Added two walks against the Bulldogs in the opener.
2009 (Junior): Played in 54 of Western's 57 games, making 48 starts including 42 behind the plate and six as the designated hitter ... Led the team with a career-high 13 home runs, hitting .287 for the season with a .558 slugging percentage ... Added 10 doubles and 39 runs driven in ... Matched his career-high of three hits in a single game three times during the season ... In the Friday night opener against UNC Greensboro, opened the game a perfect 3-for-3 with three home runs - both of which were career-bests ... Set and tied his career-best with five RBI in a game, driving in five in a home win over Appalachian State before duplicating the performance with five RBI in the series finale victory against The Citadel which included two home runs ... Earned his first career Southern Conference Player of the Week honor after leading WCU to a 4-1 record with nonconference wins over UNC Asheville and High Point and two-of-three from The Citadel ... Posted a weekly .529 batting average (9-of-17) with nine RBI as five of his nine hits went for extra bases including two doubles and belted three home runs for a 1.176 slugging percentage ... On the season, threw out 13 would-be base stealers.
2008 (Sophomore): Appeared in 22 games with 18 starts including the final eight-straight to end the season behind the plate ... Suffered a severely broken pinky finger that sidelined him through the first third of the season ... Finished with a team-best, .403 batting average with 29 hits in 72 at bats ... Raised his batting average 236 points over the last month of the season thanks in part to a career-long, 10-game hitting streak - nine of which were multiple hit games ... During his hitting tirade, accounted for 25 of his 29 seasonal hits including two of his four doubles and all four home runs ... Drove in a career-best four RBI with two home runs against the College of Charleston in Cullowhee on May 16 ... Tallied a career-high three hits on four separate occasions ... Hit a team-best .429 (9-of-21) with runners in scoring position ... Homered almost simultaneously as his brother, Michael, at The Citadel - a solo shot that propelled WCU to a 5-3 win in 10 innings as the Catamounts swept the Bulldogs in Charleston.
Prior to Western: Played as a freshman for the Los Angeles Pierce College Brahmas, a member of the Western States Conference South Division (WSC South) ... Hit .333 last season as a rookie while also catching both games for PC in the California State Tournament ... Was a three-year Big League All-Star, belting a three-run home run in helping Thousand Oaks capture the Section 2 title. High School: Played for California power Westlake High School, where he was a three-year letter winner ... Batted .400 in 28 games as a senior, with four home runs and 27 RBI.
Personal: Son of Tony and Diana Notaro ... Has one brother, Michael, and one sister, Taylor ... Caught for his brother when the two were in high school ... Michael went on to play collegiate baseball for Fresno State University before transferring to Oral Roberts prior to the 2008 season.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 8, at Furman (5/13/11)
Hits: 5, WOFFORD (4/24/11)
Runs: 4, WOFFORD (4/24/11)
Doubles: 1, 24 times (MR: vs. Col. of Charleston, 5/27/11)
Triples: 1, at Appalachian State (5/22/08)
Home Runs: 3, at UNC Greensboro (5/1/09)
RBI: 6, WOFFORD (4/24/11)
Walks: 3, SAMFORD (4/18/09)
HBP: 1, five times (MR: THE CITADEL, 5/21/11)
Stolen Bases: 1, twice (MR: at High Point, 5/26/11)
Hitting Streak: 10 games (4/27/08 - 5/20/09)