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Catamount Diamond Notes: Weekly Wrap-Up May 6

May 6, 2014

Seasonal Record: 32-14 overall, 16-4 SoCon

Last Week: 4-0
Wed. - W, vs. Wake Forest, 3-2 in 12 innings at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.
Fri. - W, vs. Appalachian State, 10-9
Sat. - W, vs. Appalachian State, 20-10
Sun. - W, vs. Appalachian State, 7-4

This Week:
Final Exams
Fri. - at Georgia Southern - Statesboro, Ga., 6:00 pm
Sat. - at Georgia Southern - Statesboro, Ga., 4:30 pm
Sun. - at Georgia Southern - Statesboro, Ga., 1:30 pm

The Last Meeting
Georgia Southern4
Western Carolina7
April 21, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C.
Catamount Baseball Completes Sweep of Georgia Southern, 7-4
Jordan Smith struck out six Eagle hitters and Adam Martin posted a 3-for-3 outing at the dish including a pair of doubles as Western Carolina completed the three-game Southern Conference series sweep, holding on for a 7-4 victory Sunday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. WCU hosts Kennesaw State on Tuesday.

Catamount Diamond Notes:
- Western Carolina went 4-0 last week with its first neutral site victory of the season in the 3-2, 12-inning victory over Wake Forest at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., site of the American Legion World Series ... the Catamounts then recorded their third home sweep of archrival Appalachian State since 1999, winning the three games by counts of 10-9, 20-10, and 7-4;

- Moving atop the Southern Conference standings with an overall record of 32-14 and 16-4 in SoCon play, Western Carolina is receiving votes in the USA Today Top 25 poll this week ... the Catamounts entered the week ranked a SoCon-leading 56th in RPI;

- Western Carolina holds a 10-2 record in games decided by one-run this season ... the Catamounts improved to 3-2 in extra inning games this spring;

- With the three wins last weekend over Appalachian State, the Catamounts have now won 32 of their last 38 regular season Southern Conference games ... The six losses have come to Furman (3), Elon (1), Appalachian State (1) and Samford (1);

- WCU has won three-straight SoCon series since dropping 2-of-3 to Furman in Cullowhee back in mid-April ... the Catamounts have claimed at least two wins in the trio of weekend against league foes in 13 of the last 14 conference series dating back to last season;



- With the four victories last week, WCU seventh-year head coach Bobby Moranda has 227 career victories to rank fourth all-time in program history, just two wins behind third-place Keith LeClair, who won 229 games in six seasons in Cullowhee (229-135-2) ... With 116 career Southern Conference wins, Moranda ranks second in WCU history behind Todd Raleigh who won 132 SoCon games at the head of the Catamount program;

- Junior Jacob Hoyle led three Catamounts with .400-or-better batting averages last week with a .471 average (8-for-17), earning SoCon Player of the Week accolades as well as being named the College Sports Madness ( SoCon Player of the Week ... Bradley Strong led the team with nine hits while hitting .450 (9-for-20) while Luke Gragg batted .412 (7-for-17) on the week ... In addition to the trio of .400+ batters, the Catamounts had four more hit .333-or-beter on the week - Cody Jones (8-for-21, .381), Matt Smith (.374, 3-for-8), J.D. Long (5-for-15, .333) and Taylor Sandefur (1-for-3, .333);

- WCU, which posted a .351 collective average on the week, had 54 hits including 23 for extra bases - 16 doubles, a triple and six home runs ... the 23 extra base hits were scattered among nine different batters ... the Catamounts legged out a season-high - and SoCon single-game pacing - 10 doubles in Saturday's 20-10 win over Appalachian State;

- Four different Catamount pitchers earned victories last week including the first career win for freshman RHP Korey Anderson, tossing 2.1 innings out of the bullpen to score Friday night's, 10-9, decision ... Starters Jordan Smith and Bryan Sammons earned victories on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and rank first-and-second in team victories - Smith with eight, Sammons with seven ... Junior closer Tyler Powell made a team-high three appearances on the week, going 1-0 with a pair of saves with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings;

- Tyler Powell has a career-high 10 saves this season to move him into a tie for third place in the school's single-season record book, matching Preston Hatcher's 2012 season and Greg Holland's 2007 performance ... Powell is four saves shy of the single-season record of 14 held by both Hatcher and Mike Manning from 1994;

- Jordan Smith struck out a career-high tying 11 batters on Sunday afternoon against Appalachian State ... Classmate T.J. Fussell made two long relief appearances for the Catamounts and continued his solid output, fanning 10 in six innings of work;

- Senior Adam Martin enters the week with the team's longest active reached base safely streak at a career-long 17 games ... Dykota Spiess and Jacob Hoyle have both reached safely in 10-straight games ... Cody Jones has the team's longest streak at 23 games while Danny Bermudez had a 20-game streak earlier this season ... Hoyle and Jones hold the team's longest active hitting streaks at seven games apiece;

- Western Carolina among the Southern Conference rankings (Top 3): Offensive: RBI (316, 1st) ... On-Base Percentage (.392, 1st) ... Hit by Pitch (69, 1st) ... Runs Scored (345, 2nd) ... Slugging Percentage (.448, 2nd) ... Walks (206, 2nd) ... Sacrifice Flies (27, 2nd) ... Batting Average (.296, 3rd) ... Hits (481, 3rd) ... Doubles (95, 3rd) ... Home Runs (43, 3rd) ... Sacrifice Bunts (30, 3rd); Pitching: Wins (32, 1st) ... Batters Struck Out Looking (144, 1st) ... Fewest Doubles Allowed (57, 1st) ... Saves (14, 2nd-t) ... Fewest Triples Allowed (8, 2nd-t) ... Batters Struck Out (371, 3rd) ... Fewest Runs Allowed (244, 3rd); Fielding: Fewest Stolen Bases Allowed (31, 1st) ... Fewest Steal Attempts Against (49, 1st) ... Double Plays Turned (40, 3rd) ... Caught Stealing By (18, 3rd-t)

- Western Carolina individuals among the most recent Southern Conference Rankings (Top 10):
Aaron Attaway: Sacrifice Bunts (6, 5th)
Danny Bermudez: On-Base Percentage (.453, 5th)
T.J. Fussell: Strikeouts (68, 6th) ... Batters Struck Out Looking (22, 7th)
Cody Jones: Hits (67, 2nd) ... Doubles (15, 5th) ... Runs Scored (39, 6th)
Jacob Hoyle: Home Runs (14, 1st) ... RBI (48, 2nd) ... Sacrifice Flies (6, 2nd) ... Fielding Double Plays (38, 2nd) ... Fielding Chances (405, 3rd) ... Putouts (379) ... Slugging Percentage (.594, 4th) ... Sacrifice Bunts (6, 5th) ... Runs Scored (38, 8th)
Adam Martin: RBI (55, 1st) ... Sacrifice Flies (6, 2nd) ... Hit by Pitch (10, 3rd) ... Home Runs (10, 5th) ... Caught Stealing By (10, 5th) ... Runs Scored (39, 6th) ... Slugging Percentage (.558, 8th)
Jeremy Null: Strikeouts (76, 1st) ... Batters Struck Out Looking (29, 2nd) Opposing Batting Average Against (.225, 3rd) ... ERA (2.61, 4th)
Tyler Powell: Saves (10, 3rd) ... Games Finished (14, 7th)
Bryan Sammons: Fewest Hits Allowed (52, 6th) ... Fewest Runs Allowed (29, 7th)
Jordan Smith: Batters Struck Out Looking (30, 1st) ... Innings Pitched (85.1, 1st) ... Strikeouts (66, 8th)
Bradley Strong: Total Plate Appearances (236, 1st) ... At Bats (200, 1st) ... Runs Scored (52, 1st) ... Doubles (19, 1st) ... Triples (5, 2nd) ... RBI (46, 4th) ... Fielding Assists (132, 5th) ... Stolen Bases (17, 6th) ... Fielding Double Plays (29, 6th)
Jonathan Waszak: Games in Relief (23, 8th) ... Appearances (23, 8th)

- Western Carolina among the most recent NCAA national rankings (Top 50): Scoring (7.5, 6th) ... Home Runs (43, 9th) ... Runs Scored (345, 9th) ... Slugging Percentage (.448, 9th) ... Home Runs per Game (0.93, 10th) ... On-Base Percentage (.392, 15th) ... Doubles (95, 18th) ... Doubles per Game (2.07, 18th) ... Sacrifice Flies (27, 18th) ... Strikeouts per Nine Innings (8.0, 18th) ... Batting Average (.296, 29th) ... Base on Balls (206, 29th) ... Hits (481, 31st) ... Hit by Pitch (69, 37th)

- Western Carolina individuals among the most recent NCAA national rankings (Top 50):
T.J. Fussell: Strikeouts per Nine Innings (11.33, 6th)
Jacob Hoyle: Home Runs (14, 4th) ... Home Runs per Game (0.30, 6th) ... RBI (48, 21st) ... RBI per Game (1.04, 21st) ... Sacrifice Flies (6, 28th) ... Slugging Percentage (.594, 40th)
Cody Jones: Hits (67, 43rd)
Adam Martin: RBI per Game (1.22, 6th) ... RBI (55, 7th) ... Home Runs (10,18th) ... Home Runs per Game (0.22, 23rd) ... Sacrifice Flies (6, 28th)
Jeremy Null: Strikeouts (76, 43rd)
Tyler Powell: Saves (10, 19th)
Jordan Smith: Victories (8, 22nd)
Bradley Strong: Runs Scored (52, 9th) ... Runs per Game (1.13, 12th) ... Triples (5, 22nd) ... RBI per Game (1.00, 32nd) ... RBI (46, 30th) ... Triples per Game (0.11, 46th)

Catamount Career Charts Watch:
- Adding to his career-record with his 56th career start, senior Jordan Smith earned his 25th career win to take sole possession of sixth place in program history, breaking the tie with Phillip Grundy (24, 1991-93) ... Smith moved into second place in program history with 355.0 career innings pitched, just eight innings shy of the school record ... Smith is just the fourth different Catamount hurler to eclipse 300 career innings on the mound ... Smith remained fourth on the career strikeouts ledger, currently with 275 career Ks after fanning a career-high tying 11 last Sunday;

- Junior RHP Jeremy Null remains seventh in WCU's career record books with 248 career Ks, breaking the tie with former left-handed hurler - and Atlanta Braves draft pick - Chris Masters (241, 2007-09) ... Null is just one of 15 different Catamount hurlers to surpass 200 career strikeouts;

- Junior Tyler Powell's 12 career saves rank him eighth in program history, breaking the tie with former reliever, Derrick Hawk (10, 2003-05) ... All told, Powell ranks tied for 14th in career appearances with 73 through his first three seasons;

- Senior Adam Martin and junior Jacob Hoyle continue to climb the school's career charts for home runs ... Martin hammered his 10th of the season over the weekend to give him 30 in his career to rank 18th in the school ledgers ... Hoyle homered twice last week for homers No. 13 and 14 to now stand with 29 in his first three seasons, matching former sluggers Jared Greenwood (29, 2004-05) and Steve Harris (29, 1988-89);

- Martin ranks 18th in program history with 148 career RBI including a career-best - and SoCon-leading - 55 RBI this season ... Hoyle is just behind Martin in a tie for 20th overall with 145 career runs driven in;

- Aaron Attaway moved into a tie for 14th for hits in a career at WCU, currently sitting with 262 career base hits to match former Catamount Martin Barrow (262, 1995-98) ... Attaway ranks 18th in school history with 176 runs scored;

- Junior infielder Bradley Strong maintains sole possession of third-place on WCU's career triples charts with his 12 triples ... With 12 three-baggers in his career, Strong broke the tie with former Catamount Freddie Hailey who had 11 from 1984-87 ... Strong is just three triples shy of matching all-time record holder Martin Barrow (15, 1995-98);

- Strong ranks 14th place with 42 career stolen bases, breaking the tie with former Catamount Blake Murphy (41, 2004-08) ... Aaron Attaway is just behind Strong in 17th with 39 thefts in his career.

This Week in Catamount Baseball:
- Western Carolina broke for final exams immediately after the series finale against Appalachian State and does not have a midweek game scheduled ... the Catamounts return to conference play against fourth-place Georgia Southern (31-19, 13-11 SoCon) at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. ... Friday's series opener is set for 6:00 pm with Saturday's game pushed to a 4:30 pm start time due to commencement exercises on GSU's campus ... the series concludes with a 1:30 pm first pitch on Sunday;

- Western Carolina visits Georgia Southern for the final regular season meetings between the two as fellow conference members ... It's the second-straight - and the second of three-consecutive - weekends that WCU faces a team which will leave the conference after this season (Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Davidson) ... WCU trails in the all-time series with GSU, 50-54, including a 20-36 mark all-time in Statesboro ... the Catamounts swept Georgia Southern in Cullowhee a season ago, winning by scores of 9-3, 9-8 and 7-4 ... WCU has not won a series in Statesboro since 2010 and has never earned a three-game sweep of the Eagles in conference play.