Feb. 25, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina senior Adam Curtis was today named the Southern Conference's Pitcher of the Week for games played Feb. 18-24. Curtis scored the mid-week victory over Wake Forest last Wednesday at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
The weekly honor is the first of Curtis' career and the first for WCU from the SoCon this season. He is the second Catamount pitcher to be honored this season, joining sophomore starter Jeremy Null who garnered National Pitcher of the Week accolades from Collegiate Baseball after his season-opening start against Washington State.
Curtis is just the third WCU pitcher to earn weekly honors from the SoCon since 2010, joining Jordan Smith (May 14, 2012) and Jason Sullivan (March 8, 2010).
Curtis recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in WCU's 7-2 win over the Demon Deacons, surpassing his previous career-best of five which came against another ACC-foe, Duke, in March of 2012. The left-hander scattered four hits through his six innings on the hill while working around one walk.
A native of nearby Arden, N.C., Curtis retired the first five batters he faced including two strikeouts in the first inning. He then posted three-straight K's between the third and fourth innings before tallying his final two punch outs for the first two outs of the sixth inning, leaving the game with a 5-1 advantage.
For Curtis, the mid-week victory was the ninth of his Catamount career, improving to 9-6 during his four-year career. He has 40 career appearances with 15 starts including five as a sophomore, nine a season ago as a junior and the one in 2013.
Looking to snap a three-game slide, Western Carolina (3-4) is scheduled to host the Longwood Lancers (2-2) for a two-game midweek set on Tuesday (Feb. 26) and Wednesday (Feb. 27) in Cullowhee. Longwood, which is located in Farmville, Va., is amidst its first full season as a member of the Big South Conference.
WCU vs. Longwood - Game Notes
Catamounts Fall to No. 24 in Mid-Major Poll
After dropping three games over the weekend by a combined five runs including two in extra innings, Western Carolina has slipped to 24th in this week's CollegeBaseballDaily.com's Mid-Major Poll. The Catamounts opened the season ranked 14th in the poll, advancing six positions after taking 2-of-3 from Washington State on opening weekend to rank eighth entering last week. A season ago, WCU did not appear in the CBD.com poll until week three, topping out at 17th on April 2nd.