Western Carolina falls to top-seeded Clemson on Sunday, 15-3
Catamounts rebound for regional win; advance to Sunday at Noon
Catamounts to face winner of No. 4 Furman / No. 6 Samford game around 7 pm
Taylor Durand tosses career-long five innings, striking out four
Match-up features strength-on-strength -- KSU's pitching vs. WCU's offense
WCU versus The Citadel Game One
2016 (Senior): Pitched in 11 games on the season with four starts -- including his last three of the season -- with seven relief appearances ... Tossed a combined 26.1 innings with a 0-2 record and a 4.78 ERA, limiting foes to just 19 hits, four going for extra bases ... Allowed 21 runs, only 14 of which were earned ... Struck out 25 on the season, tallying at least one strikeout in each of his 11 appearances ... Missed the month of April with a throwing arm injury ... Picked up his first collegiate save for WCU in the Friday victory over UNCG (May 14) as WCU took 2-of-3 from the then-SoCon leaders ... In his starts at Kent State (May 20) and in the SoCon Tournament vs. Mercer (May 28), pitched 4.1 hitless innings in career-long tying 5.0 inning starts with seven total combined strikeouts ... Tossed four innings -- including three hitless -- against Big Ten foe, Nebraska (June 4) in WCU's Clemson Regional appearance, allowing one unearned run with six walks ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (Junior): Made a team-high 24 appearances for Western Carolina including 23 out of the bullpen with one start ... Tossed 33.0 innings on the season striking out 31 against 28 walks ... Only allowed 22 runs, 17 of which were earned on 32 hits including eight for extra bases ... Limited opponents to a .271 batting average against ... Finished the year 0-3 with a 4.64 ERA ... Made his lone start on the year at Kennesaw State (March 31), striking out three against four walks in three innings in suffering the loss ... Matched his career-long outing with 3.1 innings out of the bullpen against Holy Cross (March 7) ... Tied his career-high with four strikeouts twice -- in two innings of work against Purdue (Feb. 14) and in three innings at home against Furman (4/18/15); Summer League: Spent part of the summer pitching in the New England Baseball League for eventual champion, the Vermont Mountaineers ... Made three appearances mid-summer with two starts, finishing with a 1-0 record and a 0.81 ERA ... Struck out seven against four walks in 11 innings of work.
2014 (Sophomore): Made eight appearances on the season including six in relief with two starts ... Tossed 9.0 innings, finishing with an 8.00 ERA ... Struck out 10 against 12 walks ... Surrendered 10 hits, just two for extra bases ... Made his WCU debut against No. 2 Mississippi State (Feb. 15), tossing two thirds of an inning in relief with a pair of strikeouts ... Made his first start for the Catamounts in an extra inning road win at Winthrop (April 15) ... Tossed a career-long 3.1 innings in a home win over Kennesaw State (May 13) ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll. Summer League: Started the summer on a temporary contract with the Falmouth Commodores in the prestigious Cape Cod League ... Made five relief appearances to start the summer ... Tossed six innings with a 1.50 ERA ... Struck out four against four walks, allowing two runs - one of which was earned - on two hits ... Also pitched in three games making three starts for the Aldie (Va.) Senators in the Valley League ... Tossed 17 innings with a 2.64 ERA and 1-1 record ... Recorded 14 strikeouts against 10 walks, allowing just six runs, five of which were earned.
Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU prior to the fall of 2013 from Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn. ... Finished 7-1 with a save as a freshman, boasting a 1.95 ERA through 50.1 innings pitched ... Tallied 58 strikeouts against 18 walks in helping his squad to a 30-14 record ; Summer League: Pitched for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods League during the summer ... Posted a 1-1 record through four appearances, striking out seven with 15 walks in seven innings of work; High School: Was a two-time, all-district and all-region selection ... Over his final two years, posted an 11-2 record on the hill in 116 innings of work ... Boasted a 1.90 ERA as a junior and a 2.10 ERA during his senior campaign.
Personal: Full name is Taylor Michael Durand ... Is the son of Tony and Laura Durand ... Has two siblings, Bradley and Halee ... Bradley is slated to attend Western Carolina on a men's golf scholarship.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 5.0, twice: MR - vs. Mercer (5/28/16)
Strikeouts: 4, six times: MR - at Kent State (5/20/16)
Walks: 6, vs. Nebraska (6/4/16)