Dykota Spiess broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run home run to lead the Catamounts to a 9-7 win over No. 24 Appalachian State to claim the series.
2012 (Freshman): Played in 55 of WCU's 56 games, making 46 starts at third base ... Finished with a .303 batting average with 12 of his 54 hits going for extra base hits ... Led the team with three triples ... Recorded 16 multiple hit games and five multiple RBI outings ... Drove in 24 runs on the season including a team-high tying 21 in Southern Conference play ... Batted .333 (34-for-102) in league play and hit .336 against right-handed pitching ... Was 4-for-8 (.500) with the bases loaded ... Added eight stolen bases (8-of-11) ... Named to the SoCon's All-Freshman team ... Tripled to right center field in his first collegiate at bat, driving in the season's first run in the home-opener against Fordham (February 17) ... Posted a perfect 4-for-4 outing with a double and three RBI at home against UNC Greensboro (March 24) ... Had a nine-game hitting streak from April 7 through April 25, posting a 12-for-37 (.324) ... Hit his first career home run to straight-away centerfield at Samford (April 21); Played for the league-champion West Virginia Miners in the Prospect League during the summer of 2012 ... Ranked third on the team - and fifth in the league - with a .359 batting average (78-of-217) with 17 extra base hits including 10 doubles, six triples and a home run ... Drove in 37 runs and scored 57 runs ... Stole a Prospect League-leading 29 bases in 35 attempts ... Named a starter for the East Division in the Prospect League All-Star game.
Prior to Western Carolina: Played for his father, Brad, as the head coach of Richlands HS baseball team where he earned three All-Southwest District honors and was the Virginia Player of the Year in 2011 when hit a career-best .524 with a career-best 11 home runs ... Was a two-time All-State player and earned All-Region three times ... Set school career records for hits (134) - including a single-season best 48; batting average (.525); triples (24); home runs (19) and stolen bases (40) ... Is the first student-athlete from his high school to sign a scholarship to play NCAA Division I baseball ... Received a scholarship from the Allstate Foundation at teh VHSL Achievement Award Luncheon ... Was also a three-year starter on his high school football team, twice earning All-State honors at defensive back, wide receiver and return specialist ... Set the school record for career interceptions while also becoming the program's first-ever, two-year captain.
Personal: Full name is Bradley Stuart Strong ... Is the son of Brad and Mary Ann Strong ... Has a younger brother, Reece.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 6, four times (MR: at Samford, 4/22/12) Hits: 4, UNC GREENSBORO-1 (3/24/12) Runs: 2, four times (MR: vs. Furman, 5/24/12) Doubles: 1, eight times (MR: APPALACHIAN STATE, 5/19/12) Triples: 1, three times (MR: at East Tennessse State, 4/25/12) RBI: 3, four times (MR: APPALACHIAN STATE, 5/17/12) Walks: 1, four times (MR: FURMAN, 4/14/12) Hitting Streak: 9 games (4/7/12 - 4/25/12)