Three-game intrasquad series opens Wednesday evening
WCU posted a regular season runner-up finish
Redshirt senior named Player of the Year by both voting groups
Senior recognized, Tyler White honored as part of 2017 “Celebration of Catamount Baseball”
Sixth-edition of the fundraiser banquet scheduled for Feb. 4
Western Carolina downed Washington State, 15-10, to clinch the series win on Saturday at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
Western Carolina Baseball opened up the 2013 season with an 8-5 victory over the Washington State Cougars. (Photos courtesy of Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)
Western Carolina defeated the Furman Paladins, 9-2, Saturday afternoon en route to winning its fourth SoCon series of the season
Career Notes: Over his four-year career, batted .325 and averaged nearly 72 hits per season ... He tallied 77 multi-hit games in his Catamount career while posting multiple RBIs 42 times ... Finished ranked tied for fourth in games played (228) and tied for third in games started (220) while his 882 career at bats were the third-most in program history ... His 287 career base hits ranked him fourth in program history, ranking third with 64 career doubles.
2013 (Senior): Selected as a team captain prior to the season, was One of two Catamounts to start all 59 games on the season, and one of just four to appear in every game ... Started 56 games at third base and three at first base ... Named first team All-Southern Conference at third base by both the league's head coaches and voting members of the media ... Tabbed Southern Conference Player of the Year by the media ... Selected to the third team Louisville Slugger All-America team at third base as chosen and released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper - is just the 12th different Catamount to earn All-America honors from the publication ... Named first team All-State by North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... Finished tied for second on the team with a .363 batting average, recording 43 extra base hits including a team-best 27 doubles and 16 home runs (ninth in the nation) ... His 27 doubles broke a 10-year old school single-season record, while also ranking him second in the final NCAA rankings ... Drove in 66 runs to lead WCU and rank 15th nationally ... Enjoyed a career-long, 23-game stretch of reaching base safely that included a career-best, 11-game hitting streak during the month of April ... Named SoCon Player of the Week following an 11-for-21 (.524) offensive output in leading WCU to a 3-1 record ... Among his 11 hits were two doubles and three home runs for a 1.048 slugging percentage, driving in a team-high eight and scoring four runs ... Belted his first career grand slam home run in a 7-3 road win over UNCG (April 26) ... Batted a team-best .416 in SoCon play on the season with 17 doubles and eight homers against league foes for a .715 slugging percentage ... Capped his career by garnering SoCon All-Tournament team honors, posting a .462 batting average (6-for-13) in three games with three home runs including his second career grand slam and two doubles, driving in four ... Led WCU with 20 multiple RBI games, finishing with a team-high 66 runs driven in on the year including 21 two-out RBI to rank second on the team and 38 RBI against conference foes ... All told, ranked inside the SoCon in 10 statistical categories at the end of the season including leading the league in total bases (166) and doubles (27) while ranking second in hits (91) and home runs (16).
2012 (Junior): One of only three players to start all 56 games, making 47 starts at first and nine at third base ... Led the team with both a .354 batting average and 16 doubles ... Was tied for second with 22 multiple hit games and was fourth with eight multiple RBI outings ... Finished with nine three-or-more hit games, the most on the team ... Was 4-for-5 (.800) with the bases loaded ... Hit by nine pitches to pace the squad ... Posted a .987 fielding percentage at first base, committing just six errors in 459 seasonal chances ... Was a part of turning 44 double plays ... Had a pair of season-long, eight-game hitting streaks, the second of which was a part of reaching base safely in a team-long 21-straight games from March 27 through May 5 ... Twice drove in a career-high tying four RBI, collecting three hits including a double against Fordham (February 18) and four in a 3-for-4 outing with a home run against Furman (April 14) ... Matched a career-high with three walks against Fairfield (March 18) in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Was named to the second team All-SoCon as selected by the staff of College Sports Madness; Summer League: Returned to the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2012 ... Led Gastonia with a .319 batting average, good enough for seventh in the Coastal Plain League ... Started 50 of the 51 games in which he saw action ... Finished the summer 61-of-191 with 13 doubles and five homeruns, driving in 38 runs ... Named the CPL Hitter of the Week in Week 9 ... Walked 29 times with five HBP's to go along with his .419 on-base percentage ... Named a midseason All-Star and the Offensive MVP of the All-Star game.
2011 (Sophomore): Started 50 of the 54 games in which he played making 48 starts at first base and one apiece at second and third base ... Finished the season with a career-best .289 batting average with 57 base hits including 12 for extra bases with 10 doubles and two home runs ... Recorded 15 multiple hit games including 10, two-hit outings while also recording six multi-RBI games ... Matched a career-long, 11-game hitting streak, raising his seasonal batting average 64 points during the run ... He had six multi-hit games during his 11-game streak ... Stole a career-high 10 bases in his second season to rank fourth on the team ... Also ranked fourth on the team with 10, two-out RBI ... Tied with teammate Cameron Dullnig for the seventh place on the single-season HBP chart after being plunked 15 times, a mar which tied him for fourth in the SoCon on the season ... Posted a stellar .996 fielding percentage (4th in SoCon), committing just two errors with a combined 451 chances (8th in SoCon), tallying 421 putouts (6th in SoCon) and 28 assists on the season ... Was a part of 38 double plays at first base ranking him tied for sixth in the SoCon ... Was hit by three pitches at High Point (April 26) ... Recorded a career-best six base hits - one shy of tying the school single-game record - in the epic 20-inning game against Elon (May 25) in the conference championship event, finishing 6-for-7 with a double.
2010 (Freshman): Started 55 of the 59 games for Western Carolina with 54 starts coming at first base and one at third ... Tallied 17 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple RBI outings, tied for fourth on the team ... Posted a career-best 11-game hitting streak while also hitting in 10-straight early in the year ... Recorded four base hits with the bases loaded but also grounded into a team-leading 10 double plays during his rookie season ... Recorded 515 putouts with eight assists at first base with just eight errors for a .985 fielding percentage ... Was twice the hero during WCU's Southern Conference Tournament run, driving in the two game-tying runs in the ninth inning of the come-from-behind, 12-inning upset of second-seeded College of Charleston ... Also drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the second semifinal meeting with Appalachian State, eliminating the Mountaineers ... Is scheduled to play summer ball with teammates Austin Schultz and Matt Benedict with the Haymarket Senators of the Valley League.
High School: Three-year varsity member as an infielder and catcher at Chase High School in Forest City, N.C. ... Three year Southwestern 2A-3A All-Conference and All-County award winner ... Named to the All-State team his senior year ... Career .407 hitter with 73 total hits, 35 extra-base hits and 54 RBIs ... Helped lead Chase to the Southwestern 2A-3A conference championship his senior season.
Personal: Full name is Brian Tyler White ... Son of Brian and Heather White ... Has one sibling, Blair.
Career Game Highs:
At Bats: 7, three times (MR: vs. Elon, 5/25/11)
Hits: 6, vs. Elon (5/25/11)
Runs: 4, at Appalachian State (5/16/13)
Doubles: 2, three times (MR: SAMFORD, 4/13/13)
Triples: 1, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (3/27/10)
Home Runs: 2, twice (MR: vs. Samford, 5/22/13)
RBI: 4, seven times (MR: vs. The Citadel, 5/23/13)
Walks: 3, three times (MR: vs. Fairfield, 3/18/12)
HBP: 3, at High Point (4/26/11)
Stolen Bases: 2, at Appalachian State (5/17/13)
Hitting Streak: 11 games, three times (MR: 4/9/13-4/26/13)