|5 Mike Tavernier
2008 (Junior): Made 16 appearances on the season, half out of the bullpen and the other half in the starting role ... Pitched 71.2 innings with 64 strikeouts, both second-best on the team ... Even though he only worked half the year as a starter, was named Second Team All-Southern Conference by the voting members of the SoCon Sport Media Association as a starting pitcher ... Opened the season as a reliever before making his first start for the purple and gold against Hartford, limiting the Hawks to three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts in five innings of work ... Twice fanned a career-high nine, doing so in consecutive starts ... Struck out nine Terriers in 6.2 innings of work against Wofford on May 2 ... Tallied WCU's only complete game of the season, going 9.0 against The Citadel with nine K's allowing just three earned runs on six hits in an 11-3 victory ... Missed just under three weeks of the season after taking a one-hop ground ball off the face at Georgia Southern in a relief role, only facing four batters before sustaining the injury ... Returned to the lineup on April 12 in a start at Elon sporting a protective face mask - worked 7.0 innings with a no-decision in his return allowing only two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts in a tough-luck, 3-2, loss in 11 innings ... Tied for second with two others on the team with a 2.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Prior to Western: Played one season for Florida A&M University as a freshman...Was named to the Freshman All-American team...Went 6-6 on the season, with an ERA of 3.87...Struck out 73 batters in 95 innings of work for the Rattlers...Named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the year, and was an All-MEAC honoree ... Hillsborough CC: In one season at Hillsborough, was on the mound for 39 innings on the year, posting a 4-4 record with a save.
Personal: Full name is Mike David Tavernier...Son of Bob Tavernier and Lisa Langan...Has five siblings: Jessica, Jessica, Chrystina, Christopher, and Nicholas.