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Catamount Diamond Notes: Weekly Wrap-up, May 6

Jordan Smith struck out six in seven innings on Saturday to win for the fourth-time in his last four outings. (Photo by Mark Haskett)

May 6, 2013

Last Week: 3-0
Wednesday - Win at Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Ga., 9-3
Friday - Win vs. Tennessee Tech in Cullowhee, 18-7
Saturday - Win vs. Tennessee Tech in Cullowhee, 6-1

This Week:
Friday - Home vs. Wofford, 6:00 pm
Saturday - Home vs. Wofford, 6:30 pm
Sunday - Home vs. Wofford, 1:00 pm - Baseball Senior Day

Fans can follow this weekend's three-game home Southern Conference series with live video streaming (subscription) through Catamount All-Access and live GameTracker (free) online at

The Last Meeting
Western Carolina5
Wofford (Gm 2 of DH)6
April 7, 2012
Spartanburg, S.C.

Catamount Diamond Notes:
- Western Carolina went 3-0 last week, winning on the road at Kennesaw State on Wednesday before downing Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) front-runner, Tennessee Tech, twice on Friday (18-7) and Saturday (6-1);

- The Catamounts got two, three-run home runs from Julian Ridings and Aaron Attaway as a part of completing the two-game, midweek nonconference series sweep over Kennesaw State ... WCU out-hit Tennessee Tech - which came into the weekend hitting .304 as a team - 24-to-14 in a two-game series sweep ... WCU posted a .343 batting average in the series win over Tennessee Tech, limiting the Golden Eagles to just .209;

- All told, in the three wins last week, nine Catamounts hit .300-or-better as the Catamounts combined to out-hit their two weekly opponents - Kennesaw State and Tennessee Tech - .333-to-.233 ... WCU had 14 extra base hits including eight doubles, a triple and five home runs while the Owls and Golden Eagles posted seven doubles and a triple for eight extra base knocks;

- Sophomore Jacob Hoyle led the Catamount offensive attack, finishing the week 7-for-13 with four extra base hits including three doubles - all coming in one game against Tennessee Tech - and a solo home run ... Junior Luke Gragg hit 5-for-11 (.455) ... Three players - Cody Jones, Julian Ridings and Adam Martin - each drove in five runs apiece to lead WCU;



- With 33 wins on the season, Western Carolina secured 30 victories in a season for the 25th time since 1984 and the 10th 30+ win season since 2000 ... the Catamounts were the first team in the SoCon to reach the 30-win plateau - and enter the week as the only league team to reach 30 wins;

- WCU has won six-straight games on the 2013 season ... the Catamounts have secured victories in 16 of their last 18 games on the season;

- Western Carolina moved up in the's Mid-Major Poll, ranking in at No. 15 - the third-highest ranking to date this season ... the Catamounts returned to "Others Receiving Votes" status following its three-game sweep of Samford, logged in at No. 25 after sweeping Georgia Southern and moved to 22nd after sweeping UNCG on the road ... 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 a season-high eighth ... A season ago, WCU did not appear in the poll until week three, topping out at 17th on April 2nd;

- Entering this week, WCU ranks third in the SoCon in batting average at .300 collectively on the season, but leads the league in hits (536) including a league-high 122 doubles and a SoCon lead in slugging percentage (.468) ... WCU additionally ranks second in runs scored (343) and RBI (313) ... the Catamounts have 50 home runs to rank third in the SoCon, just one off the league pace ... As a team, WCU has the second-most plate appearances (2,072) and leads with 1,786 at bats and 836 total bases;

- Western Carolina's pitching staff continues to lead the SoCon with 416 strikeouts, wins (33) and innings pitched with 450.2, while ranking second in team ERA at 4.25 and third in opposing team batting average (.277) ... the Catamounts' 15 saves also lead the conference ... Jeremy Null - a two-time National Player of the Week - ranks third in the SoCon with 88 strikeouts while Jordan Smith ranks tied for first in the SoCon by limiting opponents to just a .229 batting average against in the fourth-most innings pitched (78.2);

- WCU's 39 double plays turned rank fourth in the league with the team's .962 fielding percentage also ranking fourth overall.

Making a Case for Player of the Year Honors:
Several Catamounts are stating their case for SoCon Player of the Year accolades - atop the list are infielders, senior Tyler White and junior Aaron Attaway, as well as outfielder Julian Ridings:

- The infield duo enter this week ranked 1-and-2 in terms of total hits, Attaway with a league-leading 79 and White tied for second with 72 ... White leads the SoCon - and the NCAA - with 23 doubles and is tied for seventh with 10 home runs, as is Attaway ... Attaway also leads the SoCon with 58 runs scored;

- Julian Ridings ranks second in the SoCon in both batting average (.385) and slugging percentage (.665) while White is seventh in the league in slugging percentage (.595) and Attaway is 10th at .580 ... White ranks third in the league in RBI (51) with Attaway tied for seventh with 46 ... Attaway also ranks second in the SoCon in fielding assists with 128.

Look at Remaining SoCon Games for Top Six (SoCon Record as 5/5/13):
Western Carolina (18-6): vs. WOF (10-17); at APP (12-12)
The Citadel (15-9): vs. CofC (14-9); at UNCG (8-16)
Elon (16-10): at SAM (10-13)
Col. of Charleston (14-9): at CIT (15-9); vs. GSU (13-14)
Appalachian State (12-12): vs. WCU (18-6)
Georgia Southern (13-14): at CofC (14-9)

NOTE: WCU holds the tie-breakers over second-place The Citadel and the College of Charleston ... Elon has the tie-breaker over WCU.

Catamount Career Charts Watch:
- WCU closer Preston Hatcher is WCU's all-time program leader in saves ... the Atlanta, Ga., native by-passed former Catamount reliever Ryan Foster (2000-03) who had 22 saves in his career ... Hatcher remains SECOND on WCU's single-season charts with 13 saves, just one shy of the regular season record holder Mike Manning who had 14 in 1994;

- Hatcher additionally moved into a tie for SEVENTH in school history with 82 career appearances ... He is tied with Greg Holland (2005-07) and Ryan Basner (2000-03) ... Hatcher leads the SoCon with 26 games finished this season;

- As a team, Western Carolina has 15 saves on the year, tied for the second-most in program history and matching the 1998, 2002 and 2007 Catamount squads ... the school's single-season saves record is 17 accomplished in the 2005 season;

- Senior infielder Tyler White now ranks EIGHTH in games started in a career at 211 ... He has moved into FIFTH in school history with 841 career at bats ... He also ranks 10TH with 268 career base hits, tied for SIXTH with 60 career doubles - just TWO shy of the top five ... White is also FOURTH having been hit by 38 pitches during his WCU career;

- White's 23 doubles on the regular season rank him FOURTH in the single-season record books, just THREE shy of first-place all-time (Rod Goldston, 26 in 2003) ... White is EIGHT doubles shy of the SoCon's single-season record of 31 held by Caleb More of ETSU in 2004;

- Junior RHP Jordan Smith remains 15th in the school ledgers for career strikeouts with 196 ... He is just 18 K's shy of the all-time program top 10 for strikeouts ... Smith's 41 career starts over the last three seasons rank him 10th on the career ledger.

This Week in Catamount Baseball:
- Coming off of final exams this week, Western Carolina is idle mid-week before hosting the Wofford College Terriers for three games in Cullowhee on "Senior Weekend" ... Prior to Friday night's first pitch (6:00 pm) WCU will recognize its senior members of its men's and women's golf teams ... Saturday has a special first pitch time of 6:30 pm to accommodate graduation ceremonies on campus ... Prior to Sunday's series finale, Western Carolina will honor its seven senior players and team director of baseball operations in a special pre-game ceremony;

- WCU dropped 2-of-3 games to Wofford in Spartanburg a season ago, falling in the series opener, 2-0, on Friday night before splitting a Saturday double-header - winning 4-2 in game one but falling, 6-5, in game two ... It marked the first time WCU had ever lost a SoCon series to Wofford since the Terriers joined the league in 1998 ... the Catamounts won 2-out-3 in the most recent Cullowhee meeting;

- Since 1998, Western Carolina is 37-7 against Wofford overall including eight, three-game series sweeps over the Terriers ... In Cullowhee, the Catamounts are 20-4 against Wofford ... Sixth-year head coach Bobby Moranda is 10-4 versus Wofford including a 7-2 mark at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.