Catamounts to face No. 4 Georgia Southern Thursday at 10 am
2014 (Senior): Appeared in 22 games including 17 as a reliever with five starts ... Final 10 appearances came out of the bullpen ... WCU won 13 of the games in which he saw action ... Pitched 64.1 innings to rank third on the squad ... Posted a 6-2 overall record including a perfect 5-0 record against Southern Conference foes ... Finished with 81 strikeouts, third on the team ... Recorded strikeouts in 18 of his 22 appearances with four-or-more Ks in 11 outings ... At the end of the regular season, ranked sixth nationally with an average of 11.33 strikeouts per nine innings ... Struck out a career-high nine twice - against No. 2 Mississippi State (Feb. 16) and in a home-win over Wofford (March 29), tossing a career-long 7.0 innings ... Made his debut against the nationally-ranked Bulldogs, tossing five innings in his debut ... Picked up his first victory in his Wofford appearance, scattering five hits with three runs allowed while striking out nine ... Struck out eight in 4.2 innings of relief work against Buffalo (March 8) ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Enrolled in Western Carolina's graduate school in the fall of 2013 ... Notified of earning his sixth-year of eligibility in October, 2013, and he joined the baseball roster.
Prior to Western Carolina: Pitched at NAIA and Appalachian Athletic Conference-member, Montreat College ... As a senior, Fussell made 10 appearances including eight starts with one complete game, tossing 43.1 innings with 46 strikeouts against 12 walks with a 4.57 ERA and a 1-4 record. He limited opponents to a .219 batting average against last year with just 10 of the 35 hits allowed going for extra bases ... Had Tommy John surgery in 2012; Summer League: During the summer of 2013, was a Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL) All-Star after leading the league in strikeouts (55 in 33.0 innings) with a 3-1 record and 1.09 earned run average for the Morganton Aggies ... Went to the Coastal Plain League with the Wilson Tobs where he was 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. High School: Played high school baseball at Reynolds High, graduating in 2008.
Personal: Is the son of William and Susan Fussell ... Has a sister.
Career Game Highs: Innings Pitched: 7.0, WOFFORD (3/29/14) Strikeouts: 9, twice (MR: WOFFORD, 3/29/14) Walks: 3, three times: (MR: WOFFORD, 3/29/14)