Catamount Diamond Notes: Weekly Wrap-Up March 3

March 3, 2014

Western Carolina - GameNotes vs. #15 Clemson Get Acrobat Reader

Seasonal Record: 7-2 overall

Last Week: 3-0
Fri. - W, vs. La Salle, 6-4
Sat. - W, vs. La Salle, 7-6
Sun. - W, vs. La Salle, 20-10

This Week:
Tues. - vs. Clemson in Cullowhee - 4:00 pm (WMYA-TV/ESPN3)
Fri. - vs. North Florida in Athens, Ga. - 1:00 pm
Sat. - vs. Buffalo in Athens, Ga. - 5:00 pm
Sun. - at Georgia in Athens, Ga. - 3:00 pm

The Last Meeting
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April 24, 2013
Clemson, S.C.
Catamounts Tripped on the Road by 13th-ranked Clemson Wednesday
Ranked as high as 13th in the country, the Clemson Tigers plated 12 runs on 17 base hits and capitalized on a pair of Western Carolina errors to down the Catamounts 12-1 Wednesday night in midweek nonconference action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Catamount Diamond Notes:
- Western Carolina went 3-0 last week, sweeping the home nonconference series with La Salle at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium ... WCU has now won five-straight weekend series played at home dating back to last season ... WCU's three starting pitchers all factored in no-decisions on the mound ... Offensively WCU hit .361 (39-of-108) with 15 extra base hits (nine doubles, two triples, four home runs) with 33 RBI in the weekend sweep;

- Western Carolina carries a six-game seasonal winning streak into its home meeting with nationally-ranked Clemson this Tuesday in Cullowhee ... Including the home-opening victory over Winthrop back on Feb. 18 and the three-game sweep of La Salle last weekend, WCU has won 17-straight home games at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium dating back to last season ... the Catamounts' last home defeat came against then No. 17 Clemson back on April 9, 2013;

- Catamount head coach Bobby Moranda eclipsed the 200-win mark for his career over the weekend, reaching 200 wins ... Moranda currently has 202 career wins, exactly 100 shy of all-time winningest head coach, Jack Leggett - who WCU will see in Tuesday's home date with the Clemson Tigers in Cullowhee ... Moranda is the fifth WCU head coach to win 200-or-more games - Jack Leggett (302, 1983-91), Todd Raleigh (257, 2000-07), Keith LeClair (229, 1992-97), Bill Haywood (215, 1969-81);

- Two Catamounts hit for the cycle in Sunday's series finale victory over La Salle as both middle infielders Bradley Strong and Aaron Attaway collected a single, double, triple and home run in the 20-10 victory ... The duo drove home five runs apiece with Strong finishing 5-for-6 and Attaway 4-for-5 ... the cycle was the second in Attaway's career as he hit for the cycle in an extra inning victory at Furman last spring;

- Catamount junior RHP Tyler Powell made his season debut in Sunday's victory over La Salle ... the Charlotte, N.C., native had been battling shoulder soreness and tenderness that had kept him off the mound ... Powell is listed on the national NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List for the nation's top reliever;

- Western Carolina is receiving votes in the first USA Today Coaches' Poll ... WCU's Tuesday opponent, Clemson, is ranked anywhere from 15th (Baseball America) to 30th (Collegiate Baseball) in the most recent polls, and is also ranked 20th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.

Catamount Career Charts Watch:
- Senior starting pitcher Jordan Smith moved into a tie for fourth place in school history with his 47th career start on Saturday, matching Stewart Keyes who started 47 games from 1986-89 ... Smith additionally moved into seventh in program history with 285.2 innings pitched, just by-passing Catamount Hall of Famer Jason Beverlin (285.0, 1992-94) ... He also moved past former WCU left-hander Tyler Sexton (217, 2006-08) on the career strikeouts ledger, currently in ninth with 222;

- With seven strikeouts in his start against La Salle, Jeremy Null remained in sole possession of 16th in WCU's career record books with 197 career K's ... He is just two strikeouts shy of matching 15th-place Chris Davidson (199, 1996-98) and three shy of becoming the 15th different Catamount hurler to eclipse 200 career strikeouts;

- Junior infielder Bradley Strong moved into the top 10 on WCU's career charts with his ninth career triple as a part of hitting for the cycle in Sunday's series finale ... With nine three-baggers in his career, Strong is now tied for fifth with six other Catamounts with nine career triples - and is just six triples shy of matching all-time record holder Tracy Biggs (15, 1995-98);

- Senior Aaron Attaway is just two hits shy of climbing into the career top 20 in program history for base hits ... Attaway has 244 career hits, two shy of a three-way tie between Blake Murphy (246, 2004-08), Alex Tolbert (246, 1994-97) and Kevin Bellomo (246, 1988-91).

This Week in Catamount Baseball:
- Western Carolina has four games scheduled this week including two against teams from perennial power conferences, the ACC and SEC ... WCU closes a four-game home stand on Tuesday as it hosts Clemson in the front-end of the annual home-and-home ... First pitch at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium on Tuesday is 4 pm ... the game will be broadcast on WMYA-TV, My40 with a simulcast available online with ESPN3.com ... the Catamounts then travel to Athens, Ga., for three games in tournament at Foley Field - WCU faces North Florida on Friday afternoon at 1 pm, Buffalo at 5 pm on Saturday and the host Georgia Bulldogs at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon;

- Clemson comes to Cullowhee after having its six-game winning streak snapped with three tough losses to archrival, South Carolina ... WCU trails Clemson in the all-time series, 15-56, but a combined 10 of the 15 series victories over the Tigers have come in Cullowhee;

- Two freshman left-handers are scheduled to start Tuesday's regional showdown between Western Carolina and Clemson ... WCU is scheduled to start Wilmington, N.C., native Bryan Sammons (5 app., 2-0, 3.60 ERA) while the Tigers counter with Matthews, N.C., product Alex Bostic (3 app., 0-0, 6.75 ERA);

- Tuesday represents just the second true road game for Clemson this season as the Tigers played their first seven games at home before visiting Columbia, S.C., and No. 3 South Carolina last Friday ... the Tigers did play a neutral field game with the Gamecocks on Saturday before hosting USC on Sunday;

- On the weekend, WCU faces two first-time opponents with North Florida (March 7) and Buffalo (March 8) ... the UNF Ospreys (4-6) have dropped four-straight games including three-consecutive at No. 17 North Carolina last weekend ... UNF put two players on the preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference team and was picked second behind future SoCon member, Mercer, in the A-Sun preseason poll ... the Buffalo Bulls (6-1) enter the weekend winners of two-straight including an extra inning victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday ... Buffalo was picked third in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East - and sixth overall - in the preseason poll;

- In the finale of the weekend tournament, WCU squares off against the host Georgia Bulldogs ... WCU has scored victories in the last two meetings with the Bulldogs, winning last year, 12-7, and a two-run, 5-3, win back in 2012 - that matches the longest consecutive game win streak against UGA in WCU history ... WCU trails in the all-time series, 19-35, with wins in four of the last seven meetings dating back to 2006.


 

 

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