|26 Tyler Powell
Through three seasons, has 15 saves to rank tied for seventh in the school's career record book ... Ranks 11th in program history with 78 career appearances ... Has a career 4-5 record and a 3.74 ERA in 79.1 career innings pitched with 84 career strikeouts.
2014 (Junior): Made 22 appearances out of the bullpen as the closer, tossing 25.0 innings ... Threw at least one inning in 20 of his 22 outings ... Closed the season with a 2-0 record and a career-best 13 seasonal saves, third in WCU's single-season record book ... Recorded a career-low 1.44 ERA, giving up just four runs on the season ... Struck out 23 against 10 walks, recording Ks in 14 of the 22 appearances ... Tallied two saves in three weekend series - at Elon, vs. Appalachian State and Davidson ... Picked up his first save of the season against Rider (March 14), striking out two in an inning of relief work ... Struck out a season-high three twice - in a road win at Elon (March 23) and a road victory at UNC Asheville (April 9) ... Tossed a season-high two innings twice, both WCU victories - at UNC Asheville and in the neutral field win over Wake Forest (April 30) ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by the league's voting media ... Named to the 2014 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Named second team All-State by the North Carolina Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).
2013 (Sophomore): Led the pitching staff with 34 appearances on the season including 33 out of the bullpen and one start ... Finished with a 2-2 record with two saves and a career-low 2.82 ERA, striking out 55 against 28 walks ... Tossed 38.1 innings on the season, posting at least one out in each appearance ... Of the 31 hits allowed, only eight went for extra bases, all doubles ... Recorded a career-best four strikeouts three times during the season ... Earned his first career save against Longwood (Feb. 27), striking out two in a perfect ninth inning of the 8-5 victory ... Scored his first collegiate victory against the College of Charleston (March 15), pitching an inning of one-run, one-hit baseball out of the bullpen in the eighth, walking and striking out one ... WCU scored in the top of the ninth leaving Powell with the victory ... Made his first collegiate start in midweek action against Kennesaw State (April 23), tossing a career-high three innings of three-hit, shutout baseball without a decision in a game WCU won, 2-0 ... Named to the 2013 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team and to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll; Summer League: Pitched for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Made 12 appearances on the summer, finishing with an 0-3 record with three saves ... Scattered 13 hits and allowed nine runs, seven of which were earned ... Struck out 25 batters against nine walks ... Limited opposing hitters to a .236 batting average against.
2012 (Freshman): Made 22 appearances - the fourth-most on the squad - all coming in relief out of the bullpen ... Threw 16.0 innings with six strikeouts against eight walks, finishing with an 0-3 record ... Allowed runs in just 10 of his 22 appearances, working 10 hitless outings ... Suffered three losses after throwing only a combined 27 pitches - including taking the loss against Davison (March 31) after throwing only two pitches ... Recorded 17 fly ball outs and 21 ground outs including three double plays ... Tossed a career-high 2.1 innings out of the bullpen in WCU's win over East Tennessee State (March 7) ... Took the loss at home against Kennesaw State after three seeing-eye singles set the table ... WCU scored the win in 11 of the 22 games in which he saw action; Summer League: Played for the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League ... Made 17 appearances including two starts, tossing 27 innings on the summer ... Finished with an 8.67 ERA with 26 of the 28 runs allowed being earned ... Struck out 18 against 23 walks ... Only seven of the 30 hits allowed went for extra bases.
Prior to Western Carolina: Helped Myers Park HS and head coach John Spencer win 45 games over three seasons including a conference tournament championship as a sophomore and runner-up finish as a senior ... Was a team captain as a senior ... Selected to the All-South Charlotte team ... Was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 46th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft ... Captained his junior varsity baseball team as a freshman ... Additionally played two years of varsity basketball as a prep.
Personal: Full name is Tyler William White Powell ... Is the son of Bill and Patty Powell ... Has two siblings - Brooke Castelloe and Casey Powell.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 3.0, KENNESAW STATE (4/23/13)
Strikeouts: 4, three times (MR: vs. The Citadel, 5/23/13)
Hits Allowed: 4, KENNESAW STATE (3/27/12)
Walks: 4, at Georgia (3/5/13)