May 26, 2014
Seasonal Record: 37-18 overall, 20-6 SoCon
- Western Carolina was ranked 52nd in RPI according to BoydsWorld.com and 53rd in RPI according to WarrenNolan.com on Selection Monday, 2014 ... It is a second-straight year the Catamounts have factored into the at-large consideration into the NCAA Field of 64;
- Five of WCU's seasonal opponents played for their respective conference championship in tournament play in 2014 - three claiming the tournament title - Southern Conference: Georgia Southern, champion (1-3) and Samford (2-1); ACC: Georgia Tech (champion, 0-1); Atlantic Sun: Kennesaw State (champion, 1-1); Big South: Winthrop (2-0);
- Of the 25 conference baseball tournaments held nationwide, only six were won by the No. 1 seed - just 24% combined;
- Among the NCAA Field of 64 unveiled on Monday, WCU faced five teams in post-season tournament during the regular season ... the five teams include a No. 2 seed in Mississippi State; three, No. 3 seeds in Clemson, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State; and a No. 4 seed in SoCon-foe, Georgia Southern;
- WCU claimed victory in 11 of its last 15 games on the season ... All told, including a 12-game win streak along the way, the Catamounts won 26 of their last 35 games (26-9) dating back to March 22 at Elon;
- Western Carolina played 10 teams from the NCAA RPI top 101, grouping league runner-up and 101st team, Davidson, into those teams ... WCU finished with a 10-11 record against the Top 100 (using rankings from WarrenNolan.com) ... the Catamounts played two teams when they were nationally ranked - No. 2 Mississippi State (1-2) and two games against Clemson - defeating the 15th-ranked Tigers, 18-10, in Cullowhee on March 4 before falling at #20 Clemson, 11-3, on April 23.
Catamount Diamond Notes:
- Western Carolina secured 30 victories in a season for the 26th time since 1977 and the 11th 30+ win season since 2000 ... the Catamounts posted a stellar 23-3 (.885) home record inside the friendly confines of Childress Field / Hennon Stadium, winning nine-straight games at home to conclude the season ... It is the 12th time in facility history that WCU has recorded 20-or-more home wins;
- Western Carolina claimed the 2014 Southern Conference regular season baseball championship, taking the seasonal crown for a second-consecutive season and a conference-leading 13th time in program history ... WCU matched The Citadel for the most seasonal titles in leagues history while moving ahead of the Bulldogs with 22 combined baseball championships (13 regular season, nine tournament);
- WCU claimed back-to-back regular season championships for the first time since the late 1980s - a span of four-straight from 1986-89 ... the Catamounts accomplished the back-to-back feat for the first time in the conference since Elon won back-to-back seasonal titles in 2008 and `09;
- The Catamounts played 11 games against teams from the premier power conferences during the regular season, recording a 5-6 record in those games: five against the SEC (1-2 at Mississippi State, 0-1 at Georgia, 0-1 at Tennessee) ... four against the ACC (1-1 vs. Clemson, 0-1 at Georgia Tech, 1-0 vs. Wake Forest) and two against the Pac-12 (2-0 vs. Washington State);
- WCU seventh-year head coach Bobby Moranda finished the 2014 season with 232 career victories to rank third all-time in program history ... Moranda by-passed former Catamount great, Keith LeClair, who won 229 games in six seasons in Cullowhee (229-135-2) ... With 120 career Southern Conference wins, Moranda ranks second in WCU history behind Todd Raleigh (2000-07) who won 132 SoCon games at the head of the Catamount program;
- At the conclusion of 2013 - and dating back to last year - the Catamounts have won 36 of their last 44 regular season Southern Conference games ... The losses have come to Furman (3), Georgia Southern (2), Elon (1) and Appalachian State (1), Samford (1) ... WCU has also claimed at least two wins in the trio of weekend against league foes in 14 of the last 16 conference series dating back to 2013.
Individual Season Notes:
- Western Carolina landed seven players on the post-season All-Southern Conference teams selected by the voting media and coaches, including the All-Freshman recognition ... Three Catamounts were selected to the first team by both the coaches and voting media as starting pitcher Jordan Smith, catcher Adam Martin and first baseman Jacob Hoyle each landed on the top of both lists ... Junior right-handed pitcher Jeremy Null was selected second team by both voting groups ... Junior second baseman Bradley Strong garnered first team All-SoCon plaudits from the coaches and Bryan Sammons landed on the coaches' all-freshman team, while junior reliever Tyler Powell earned second team honors from the media;
- Junior Bradley Strong legged out a career-high 20 doubles this season, a mark which ranked him tied for 11th with seven others in the program's single-season record book ... His six seasonal triples put him tied with two others - Martin Barrow (6, 1997) and Freddie Hailey (6, 1984) - for second in the single-season ledger ... Strong led the SoCon with 58 runs scored;
- Junior Jacob Hoyle tallied seven sacrifice flies in 2014, matching five others for second-place in the single-season record book ... Hoyle was just one shy of Stephen Notaro's 2011 school-record of eight;
- Senior Luke Gragg was plunked 12 times during the regular season, ranking him tied with three others for 17th in the seasonal record book, while Adam Martin was hit 11 times to rank tied for 18th;
- Junior Tyler Powell has a career-high 13 saves this season ranked him third in the school's single-season record book, just one save shy of matching the single-season benchmark;
- Senior Jordan Smith tossed 105.0 innings in 2014, the ninth-most in a single-season in program history ... Jeremy Null ranked tied for 14th on the same chart with 101.0 innings pitched ... The two made 15 seasonal starts apiece, tied for 12th in school history.
Catamount Career Charts Watch:
- Senior Jordan Smith finished his WCU career as the program's all-time leader in career games started (59) and career innings pitched (374.2) ... He is just the fourth different Catamount hurler to eclipse 300 career innings on the mound ... Smith finished fourth on the career strikeouts ledger with 291 career Ks while his 25 career victories rank him sixth;
- Senior Aaron Attaway finished his career ranked tied for 19th in career games played with 212, while his 206 career starts rank him eighth in program history ... He finished ranked fifth in career at bats (858), tied for 11th in career hits (264), tied for 15th in career stolen bases (41) and tied for 16th in career runs scored with 180, matching Alex Tolbert (1994-97);
- Senior Adam Martin hit his 34th career home run in the SoCon Tournament, finishing his WCU career ranked tied for 12th in program history, matching Mike Tidick (34, 1990-94) ... Martin and Jacob Hoyle finished tied with the team-high of 14 homers this spring, matching for the SoCon lead ... Hoyle has 29 career homers in his first three seasons, matching former sluggers Jared Greenwood (29, 2004-05) and Steve Harris (29, 1988-89) for 19th in the school record books;
- Martin finished 16th in program history with 158 career RBI including a career-best - and SoCon-leading - 65 RBI this season ... Hoyle is just behind Martin in a tie for 18th overall with 150 career runs driven in, matching J.P. Burwell (150, 1994-97) ... Martin was also hit by a pitch for the 32nd time in his career over the weekend, moving him into a tie for 11th with three others;
- Senior Luke Gragg finished ranked tied for eighth on the career hit by pitch ledger with 33, matching J.P. Burwell (33, 1994-97) ... senior Dykota Spiess ranked 15th on the list with 27 HBPs;
- Junior Jacob Hoyle moved into a tie for first place on WCU's all-time sacrifice flies list, matching Chris Moore (1996-99) with 17 sac flies ... Classmates Aaron Attaway and Adam Martin are tied for seventh with two others with 12 career sacrifice flies;
- Junior RHP Jeremy Null moved up to fifth in WCU's career record books with 265 career Ks ... Null is just one of 15 different Catamount hurlers to surpass 200 career strikeouts ... Through three seasons, Null holds a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.15 - 265 Ks against 84 walks - to rank fourth in program history ... Null additionally ranks tied for sixth with 43 career starts in three years;
- Junior infielder Bradley Strong moved into second-place on WCU's career triples charts with his 13 triples, matching Danny Jones (13, 1964-67) ... Strong is just two triples shy of matching all-time record holder Martin Barrow (15, 1995-98) ... Strong additionally ranks 13th with 45 career stolen bases and 11th with 59 career stolen base attempts;
- Junior Tyler Powell's 15 career saves rank him tied for seventh in program history, matching former reliever Daniel Ottone (15, 2007-10) ... All told, Powell ranks 11th in career appearances with 78 through his first three seasons.