June 12, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Post-season accolades continued today for Western Carolina senior baseball player, Tyler White. The Forest City, N.C., native was named to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I All-America team. White, the Southern Conference's Player of the Year as voted by the media, was a third-team selection as a third baseman.
According to available research, White is just the third Catamount to grace the NCBWA's post-season squad all-time (since 1993), joining Ross Heffley (2009-12) who picked up first team honors in 2011 and Jason Beverlin (1992-94), who earned second team honors in 1994. White was named third team Louisville Slugger All-America by Collegiate Baseball back on May 30.
White was again among four from the Southern Conference to land on the honorary squad with UNCG outfielder Christian Wolfe leading the group with a second team nod. Joining White on the third team was first baseman Ryan Kinsella from Elon and catcher Joe Jackson from The Citadel.
Overall, a combined 58 collegiate baseball student-athletes selected through two rounds of voting by the organization comprised the NCBWA's 18th Annual All-America first, second and third teams. Nineteen different conferences are represented and 12 conference championships teams. The three All-America squads are also made up of 10 conference players of the year, eight conference pitchers of the year winners and nine first-round draft picks in the recent Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Selected first-team All-Southern Conference at third base, 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.
White's 27 doubles were the most of any offensive player honored by the NCBWA. He was just one of six players with 20-or-more doubles on the season and one of five that had 20-or-more doubles with double-digit home run tallies. His 91 hits, which ranked him tied for eighth in the NCAA entering regional play, were fifth among the offensive players recognized by the organization.
Drafted in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, White ranked inside the top 10 in the SoCon in 10 statistical categories including leading the league in total bases (166) and doubles (27). He ranked second in hits (91) and home runs (16). White 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 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, he 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 tallying 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.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.