WCU pitching combined for nine Ks, team rallied from four-run deficit
Game three of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2 pm
Cardinals overcome Catamounts' seven-run fifth inning
Three-game series set for Friday through Sunday
Game three scheduled for Saturday with a 2 pm first pitch
2016 (Freshman): Made nine appearances on the mound with seven starts in his rookie season ... Finished with a 5.19 ERA over 34.2 innings pitched, striking out 21 with 18 walks ... Recorded a strikeout in each of his nine seasonal appearances ... Missed the last month-plus of the season with an elbow injury to his pitching arm ... Made his collegiate debut against UL-Monroe (Feb. 28) with his first collegiate start coming against Niagara (March 2) in game two of a home nonconference double-header ... Credited with his first career win in the 10-2 victory over the Purple Eagles ... Named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week on March 21 after securing a victory and a save -- tossed two-thirds of an inning in a home win over Gardner-Webb (March 16) and tallied a victory at Kansas State (March 20), tossing a career-long seven innings with a career-high six strikeouts ... Named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.; Summer League: Expected to pitch for the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plains League.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-time All-Mecka 4-A conference selection ... Was a second team All-Observer selection as an outfielder ... Twice played in the Powerade State Games ... Compiled a 10-4 record as a prep with one save, finishing with a 1.09 ERA over 102 innings ... Struck out 125 batters over his final two seasons while issuing just 26 walks ... Was a career .330 batter with nine doubles, a triple, and 26 RBI ... Added 14 stolen bases ... Played for coach Chet Greeson at Hopewell HS.
Personal: Full name is Tristan Webb Baker ... Is the son of Eddie and Chrys Baker ... Has three siblings: Noel, Lexie and Destin ... His uncle, Mike Eppley, played baseball at Clemson.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 8.0, vs. St. John's (3/5/17)
Strikeouts: 6, twice (MR: at Nebraska, 3/11/17)
Walks: 5, at ETSU (4/8/17)