WCU head coach Bobby Moranda (right) with former WCU skipper - and current Clemson Tiger head coach - Jack Leggett meet at home plate. (Photo by Mark Haskett)
Feb. 26, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina's home baseball game against the nationally-ranked Clemson Tigers scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 will be televised on WMYA-TV, My40 out of Greenville, S.C., the sister station of WLOS-TV in Asheville.
First pitch of the front-end of the annual home-and-home from Childress Field / Hennon Stadium is scheduled for 4:00 pm. My40 will air a half hour pregame show starting at 3:30 pm. The game will also be seen on the WTVC-TV.2 in Chattanooga and digitally on ESPN3 (subject to blackout).
The broadcast is made possible through WCU athletics' partnership with Ingles. Additional special thanks to both Andy Shaw Ford and the Cullowhee River Club on the Tuckasegee. Jack Connors and Jason Patterson will handle the play-by-play and color commentary with Tiffany Ervin serving as the reporter in the stands.
"We are really looking forward to the first live television broadcast from our home venue in our program's history," said WCU head coach Bobby Moranda. "It is an honor and somewhat fitting that the first live home TV game comes against former WCU head coach, Jack Leggett, and his perennial power, the Clemson Tigers. We greatly appreciate all of our sponsors - especially Ingles - for helping to make this possible."
The WCU-Clemson baseball game represents the first-ever live television broadcast of Catamount baseball from the on-campus facility. However, WMYA and WLOS have combined to carry numerous WCU football and basketball games both originating from Cullowhee and involving WCU athletic teams, including Thursday (Feb. 27) night's men's basketball game against the Chattanooga Mocs.
Despite trailing in the all-time series with the Tigers, 15-56, 10 of the Catamounts' victories have come in Cullowhee.
The Tigers are led Leggett, who continues to rank as the all-time winningest head coach in Catamount baseball history, collecting 302 wins including 103 in Southern Conference play during his nine-year head coaching career in Cullowhee. Leggett guided WCU to five-straight NCAA regional appearances from 1985 through 1989.
WMYA, My 40 broadcasts to Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina and four counties in northeast Georgia. The Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville television market is the 37th largest in the United States with a population of approximately 2,047,000 people.