Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina returns to action on Wednesday evening as it plays the backend of a midweek nonconference home-and-home, visiting Gardner-Webb at John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field in Boiling Springs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
Wednesday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with live streaming audio available online at CatamountSports.com. Fans can also follow the game with an online video stream through the Big South Network, available online at BigSouthSports.com.
Western Carolina (16-18) had its seasonal seven-game winning streak snapped last weekend, dropping a three-game series at home against Furman including a pair of one-run losses. Gardner-Webb (18-17) enters the nonconference meeting having won five of its last six games on the season, falling at Charleston Southern, 18-2, last Friday.
The Catamounts dropped the frontend of the home-and-home with Gardner-Webb, 15-13, in Cullowhee back on March 22. WCU erased all but two runs of a nine-run, middle inning deficit to close to within two runs after a seven-run fifth, but it was as close as the Catamounts could get. The two teams combined for 28 runs on 35 hits in the first meeting in Cullowhee.
Despite having dropped two-straight overall, WCU leads the all-time series with the Runnin' Bulldogs, 14-7-1, including a 5-3 mark in games played in Boiling Springs. The two teams split the two seasonal meetings a year ago, both winning on their home field -- WCU out slugging Gardner-Webb, 16-14, in Cullowhee and the Runnin' Bulldogs blanking the Catamounts, 4-0, in Boiling Springs.
Western Carolina second-year right-hander Michael Davis is slated to make his first career start on Wednesday evening. The Lenoir, N.C., native has made eight career relief appearances -- four both this year and last -- recording four career strikeouts against four walks. The hard-throwing right-hander tossed a career-long 2.1 innings earlier this season against Appalachian State in tournament play in Greenville, N.C. He did make a brief relief appearance against Gardner-Webb earlier this season, facing one batter.
Projected Pitching Match-Up:
Wednesday: WCU -- Soph. RHP Michael Davis (0-0, 9.00) vs. GWU -- LHP Isaac Campbell (0-4, 8.42)
Catamount Baseball Diamond Notes:
- Catamount redshirt senior outfielder Bryson Bowman has reached base safely in 34-straight games this year -- each game that WCU has played this spring ... He is currently riding a team -- and career -- best, 19-game hitting streak that includes 11 multi-hit games including a run of five-straight ... Bowman has 15 multi-hit games this season, second to just Brett Pope who has 17;
- Bowman is one of two Catamounts currently with double-digit reached base safely streaks, joined by classmate Matt Smith, 16, that includes a three-game hit streak ... Redshirt freshman Justin Sparks also has an active three-game hit streak;
- Bowman is coming off a week where he led the Catamount offense to a .333 team batting average, hitting .556 (10-for-18) with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored
- In dropping all three series games to Furman in Cullowhee last weekend, Western Carolina suffered its first three-game Southern Conference series sweep since 2012 -- a three-game road series loss at Samford ... It was the first time WCU had been swept at home in league play since 2011 against Elon in mid-March;
- According to the latest NCAA report, Western Carolina ranks 46th in the country for the toughest schedule ... Furman is second in the SoCon with a 64th toughest schedule;
- Head coach Bobby Moranda is sitting on 300 career coaching victories at Western Carolina ... Moranda ranks second in program history, just two wins shy of matching all-time winningest head coach, Jack Leggett (302, 1983-91) ... Moranda is already WCU's all-time winningest head coach in SoCon games (153).