Western Carolina baseball opens the 2017 season this weekend in tournament play along the coast of South Carolina, playing three games between two venues in Myrtle Beach and Conway, S.C.
The Catamounts face St. John's in the first of two seasonal meetings in the season-opener on Friday at 11:00 am at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park; the defending NCAA national champion in Coastal Carolina at their on-campus stadium on Saturday after 2:00 pm; and in-state foe, North Carolina A&T, back at TicketReturn.com Field on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm.
Read about some of the Catamounts - both past and present - making headlines entering the 2017 season:
From the Headlines:
CULLOWHEE -- Western Carolina senior Bryson Bowman gave his decision about signing with the New York Yankees some long, long thought. In the end, unfinished business on the field and in the classroom made the choice to return for his final college season clear.
Read more from the Asheville Citizen-Times: Bowman hopes 2017 season a big hit for WCU
Read more from Baseball America: 2017 Southern Conference Preview
Read more from D1Baseball.com: 2017 Conference Previews: SoCon
ASHEVILLE - When Greg Holland walked on to try out for Western Carolina's baseball team more than a decade ago, he scarcely could have imagined someday signing a big league contract worth as much as $35 million.
All the McDowell High alumnus wanted back then was to give the game his best shot.
Though he's clearly a far more proven commodity these days, he'll carry the same approach into his seventh big league season.
Read more from the Asheville Citizen-Times: Holland confident about season as he joins new team
GASTONIA - A year ago this time, Tyler White was simply hoping to make the Houston Astros major league roster.
Read more from the Shelby Star: White ready for 2017 Houston Astros training camp