May 30, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina senior Tyler White was today named to the Louisville Slugger All-America team as selected and announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. White, the Southern Conference's Player of the Year as voted by the media, was a third-team selection as a third baseman.
White is the third Catamount to grace the publication's post-season squad under head coach Bobby Moranda. Last season, Jacob Hoyle was a freshman All-America selection with Ross Heffley earning the same honor in 2009 before capturing first team All-America honors in 2011. White is just the 12th different Catamount to garner All-America honors.
White was also among four from the Southern Conference to land on the third team including first baseman Ryan Kinsella from Elon, catcher Joe Jackson from The Citadel and outfielder Christian Wolfe from UNCG.
"I am very proud of Tyler White and all of his accomplishments this season and throughout his career," said head coach Bobby Moranda. "The most impressive thing about Tyler's whole situation is where he came from. He worked his way up from a recruited walk-on to now All-America status this season. He is very deserving of all the awards and honors he has received, and this validates that he has become one of the top baseball players in the country."
Selected as the first-team All-Southern Conference at third, White finished his final season for the Purple & Gold with a career-high .363 batting average in helping guide the Catamounts to the program's first regular season championship since 2007. He amassed the second-most hits on the team - and in the SoCon - with a career-high 91, including a WCU single-season record 27 doubles to erase Rod Goldston's 10-year old record of 26 set in 2003. He hit a team-best 16 home runs including two grand slams - blasting his first career four-RBI homer in a 7-3 road win at UNCG.
In mid-March, White captured the first weekly award of his career when he was named SoCon Player of the Week following his 11-for-21 (.524) offensive output in leading WCU to a 3-1 week. Among his 11 hits were two doubles and three homers for a 1.048 slugging percentage, driving in a team-high eight and scoring four runs.
This season, White enjoyed a career-long 23-game stretch of reaching base safely that included a career-best, 11-game hitting streak during the month of April. During that time, the Forest City, N.C., native tallied five multiple hit games including twice tallying three hits in a game.
All told, White ranked inside the top 10 in the conference in 10 statistical categories including leading the league in total bases (166) and doubles (27), while ranking second in hits (91) and home runs (16). He finished the regular season ranked tied for second in the nation in doubles while his doubles per game average of 0.46 ranked him fifth. White's 91 hits ranked him tied for eighth place in the NCAA entering regional play.
White capped his playing career by garnering SoCon All-Tournament team honors at the 2013 SoCon Baseball Championship. The slugger posted a .462 batting average in the three games the Catamounts played, finishing 6-for-13 at the plate with four runs scored and eight driven in. Five of White's six hits went for extra bases including three home runs and two doubles, matching then breaking WCU's single-season record for doubles. He belted a grand slam home run in the slugfest with The Citadel on the second day of the tournament, tying the game at eight in the sixth inning of the 12-11 defeat.
All told, the Forest City, N.C., native amassed a 1.308 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage, walking twice, en route to the post-tournament honor.
For his career, White hit .325 and averaged nearly 72 hits per season. He tallied 77 multi-hit games in his Catamount career while posting multiple RBIs 42 times. He finished ranked tied for fourth in games played (228) and tied for third in games started (220) while his 882 career at bats were the third most in program history. White finished fourth in career base hits with 287 including the third-most doubles by an individual at 64.