|17 Dakotah Thomas
Made six appearances including three starts on the mound as a true freshman before missing the bulk of the season with an elbow injury ... Will receive a medical redshirt ... Last appearance of the season came on March 20 ... Recorded a 1-1 overall record with a 3.71 ERA ... Collectively, opponents hit just .213 against him on the year ... Limited right-handed batters to a .196 (9-for-46) batting average ... Made his collegiate debut in a relief effort against Morehead State (2/18), fanning two against two hits with one run in an inning of work ... Struck out a career-best seven in a career-long seven innings of one-hit action in his first career start during a road win over Eastern Kentucky (3/2) ... Threw a career-high 99 pitches at EKU ... Worked a combined 11.2 innings without allow a run including the seven at EKU and the first four of his second career start at UNCG (3/13).
Prior to Western Carolina: Twice named all-conference and all-county ... Selected second team All-Region as a senior by the Charlotte Observer while also garnering All-State accolades on the 30-2, North Carolina State 2-A Championship team ... Finished 13-0 with a 1.22 ERA on the mound with 130 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched in his final season as a prep ... Also hit .400 with eight doubles, a triple and nine home runs ... As a junior, finished 9-4 on the hill with one save, fanning 74 in 68 innings pitched for head coach Bobby Dale Reynolds ... Named "Sophomore of the Year" at East Rutherford ... Was a North Carolina State Games Region 8 participant ... Was used as the closer during the summer and fall for the Midland Redskins / Kansas City Royals scout team ... Also earned the "Coaches' Award" for the ERHS football team.
Personal: Full name is Dakotah Ray Thomas ... Is the son of Terry Thomas and Suzanne Hinkle ... Can pitch with both his right and left hands.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 7.0, at Eastern Kentucky (3/2/11)
Strikeouts: 7, at Eastern Kentucky (3/2/11)
Walks: 4, ELON (3/20/1)
Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 11.2 (2/22/11 - 3/13/11)