WCU to visit No. 15 Clemson, host home-opening weekend
Western Carolina downs defending NCAA national champion on the road
WCU hosts UNCA Tuesday before visiting UNCG in league play
Junior RHP struck out eight in seven scoreless innings last Friday
WCU hosts Wofford in Southern Conference play
2006: Showed an amazing turnaround after transferrering from Campbell after two years ... Won eight of his 16 appearances, 15 coming in a starting role ... Tossed 91.1 innings, walking just 13 with 79 strikeouts with a 4.40 earned run average, which ranked fourth in the Southern Conference ... His eight wins were tied for seventh-most in the league and 79 strikeouts ranked 10th ... Longest outing was a career-best, eight-inning, 6-1, WCU victory over Elon where he struck out a career-high 11 ... More impressively, of his 11 K's, six came in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings after sitting through an hour and a half rain/lightening delay, including three K's looking ... Scattered seven hits (only one extra base hit) over his eight innings and surrendered one run while walking one ... Was named SoCon Pitcher of the Week following that performance.
PRIOR TO WESTERN: In 2005 at Campbell, went 0-6 with a save and an 8.43 ERA in 52.1 innings over 19 appearances on the mound ... Started six games on the year, including four of his first six games ... Got the ball for the season opener and got a no-decision after working 4.0 innings against N.C. State ... Pitched 3.0 shutout innings at Mercer to earn his first collegiate save ... Worked 4.1 shutout innings and struck out a career-high six in relief at Lispcomb ... Had most productive start pitching 6.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits and striking out five in the season finale against Belmont ... Had six outings of four-plus strikeouts and seven appearances of three or more innings pitched ... Redshirted as a true freshman in 2004 but not before making two appearances on the mound.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a three-year letter winner at T. W. Andrews HS ... A two-time All-Conference selection ... Earned All-State honors as a senior after posting a 7-1 record on the mound and batting .509 at the plate ... Opponents hit just .153 and had a 1.33 ERA during his senior campaign ... Notched six victories as a junior, while striking out 80 batters.
PERSONAL: Born Tyler Steven Sexton in High Point, N.C. ... Son of Steve and Susan Sexton.