April 14, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina opens the front-end of a home-and-home series on back-to-back days with the Clemson Tigers tonight (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. Clemson comes to town ranked as high as 18th in two national polls, 21st in a third.
The two teams will also meet on Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C., at 6:30 pm.
Clemson (23-12) comes to town after taking two-of-three from nationally-ranked Miami (Fla.) in league action over the weekend. Western Carolina (20-12) dropped two to Georgia Southern at home
The Catamounts have split the last three seasonal two-game series with the Tigers, who are led by former Catamount head coach Jack Leggett. While in Cullowhee, Leggett won 302 games -- the most all-time -- and five seasonal and five tournament championships. He is the second-consecutive former WCU head coach to come home to Cullowhee after Rodney Hennon led GSU over the weekend.
As of early afternoon, there are NO schedule changes anticipated due to weather. Fans are advised to check CatamountSports.com for any further updates with regards to start time, etc.
WESTERN CAROLINA VS. CLEMSON - THE SERIES: Tuesday night marks the 63rd all-time meeting between Western Carolina and Clemson ... the Catamounts trail in the all-time series, 12-50 ... In Cullowhee, WCU trails 9-13, with a 3-37 ledger on the road ... The two have split the regular-season head-to-head meetings each of the past three seasons (3-3) with WCU winning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium twice and at home once ... Western's last home win came in 2007 - a 6-3 win over the then sixth-ranked Tigers which secured win #229 for then head coach Todd Raleight, tying him for second all-time at WCU with the late Keith LeClair ... Western Carolina and Clemson have played at least one game every year since 1978.
WHAT'S ON-DECK: Western Carolina and Clemson will play the back-end of the home-and-home series on Wednesday (April 14) night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. ... First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm - both teams are TBA on starting pitchers.
FAMILIAR FACES: Clemson head coach Jack Leggett is very familiar with Cullowhee and with the Western Carolina Catamount program ... Leggett coached the Catamounts for nine seasons, from 1983 until 1991 winning five regular season titles and five tournament titles ... He is Western's all-time winningest head coach with 302 victories.
MORANDA SHOOTING FOR COACHING MILESTONE: WCU's next victory will give second-year head coach Bobby Moranda his 50th win all-time as the head coach in Cullowhee ... WCU finished 29-28 in his first season and stand 20-12 entering tonight's game ... Former coaches Rodney Hennon (now at Georgia Southern) and Todd Raleigh (now at Tennessee) both scored their 50th wins over NC A&T - Hennon on game 69 in year two, the quickest to 50 wins in school history, and Raleigh in game 118 in year three ... Jack Leggett tallied his 50th victory at WCU on game 79 - second quickest - agianst Carson-Newman ... Moranda currently sits at game 90 ... His first win came in game two last season, an 11-5 home win over Marshall.
HATLEY SETS SCHOOL-RECORD FOR HITS IN A GAME: Senior Mitchell Hatley set a school record with a perfect 7-for-7 showing at the plate Wed., vs. EKU, including his first career home run.
MARTIN NAMED SOCON PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Senior right-hander Corey Martin was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after throwing nine innings, including eight in a win over Georgia Southern last weekend ... It is the first time in Martin's career that he has earned the weekly plaudit from the league ... Martin (5-3) made two appearances last week, securing a 1-0 record without allowing an earned run ... He matched his career-long outing of 8.0 innings, limiting the potent Eagle offense to one unearned run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Martin's six-hit, one-run performance was even more impressive when one considers that GSU had scored 87 runs in its previous six games, averaging 14.5 runs per game.
FORMER WCU PITCHERS MEET IN MAJORS: In the sixth inning of Monday night's game involving the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, two former Western Carolina pitchers squared off. Jared Burton (2000-02) pitched the sixth for the Reds and Mark DiFelice (1995-98) threw the sixth and seventh innings for the Brewers ... Burton earned his second hold of the season with one scoreless inning, with one walk while DiFelice allowed two hits and no runs while striking out three in his two innings of work (The Reds won the game 7-6).
DIAMOND NOTES - NOTING THE CATAMOUNTS:
* Senior J.C. Lyons and junior Brent Greer currently lead the team with seven-game hitting streaks ... Nick Liles opend the season with a 13-game streak, the longest this season for a Catamount hitter;
* Mitchell Hatley is hitting .600 with runners in scoring position this year;
* Western Carolina has stolen 81 bases thus far this season - 20 more than have its opponents ... As of April 5, WCU was 15th in the nation with an average of 2.22 stolen bases per game - an average now that currently ranks at 2.53 SBs per contest;
* With 20 stolen bases this season, junior Trevor Collias already ranks tied for 13th in the WCU record books for steals in a single-season;