June 14, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
Western Carolina baseball senior Ross Heffley and junior Preston Hatcher were selected today to the 2012 University Division All-State Baseball Team by the Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). The ninth-annual team consists of NCAA Division I student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted the nominees and NCCSIA members voted for the All-State team.
Western Carolina infielder Ross Heffley is the only member of the 2012 team to earn the honor in 2011. Heffley was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection for the Catamounts after hitting .346 and leading the team in hits (80), runs (47) and home runs (nine).
In addition to collecting a school-record 354 career base hits - a mark which ranks fourth in Southern Conference history - Heffley posted a batting average of .379 to rank third in the WCU ledgers. He also finished his four-year career ranked on numerous WCU offensive statistical categories including at bats (933, 1st), on-base percentage (.452, 1st), total bases (532, 3rd), RBI (222, 3rd-t), home runs (35, 11th), base on balls (119, 11th) and doubles (51, 13th).
Heffley finished the 2012 season with a .346 batting average, second on a squad which led the SoCon with a collective team average of .310. He recorded 22 extra base hits including a team-leading nine home runs at the plate. Heffley stole 16 bases in 18 attempts, while also drawing a team-high 35 walks against a team-low 14 strikeouts among the regular starters.
Catamount junior Preston Hatcher was chosen as the squad's relief pitcher. Hatcher closed the 2012 season with a 6-2 overall record and 10 saves, ranking second on WCU's single-season chart in the latter category and tied for seventh in the school career record book. A native of Atlanta, Ga., Hatcher posted a 1.73 earned run average with 55 strikeouts through his 29 appearances and 52 innings pitched.
2012 NCCSIA All-State Baseball Team (University Division)
SP - Tyler McSwain (Sr.; UNC Wilmington)
SP - Carlos Rodon (Fr.; NC State)
RP - Preston Hatcher (Jr.; Western Carolina)
C - Alex Swim (Jr.; Elon)
INF - Chris Diaz (Jr.; NC State)
INF - Michael Felton (Jr.; Campbell)
INF - Ross Heffley (Sr.; Western Carolina)
INF - Trea Turner (Fr.; NC State)
OF - Shane Brown (Sr.; Charlotte)
OF - Ryan Mathews (Sr.; NC State)
OF - Thomas Pope (Sr.; UNC Wilmington)
DH - Jake Kirkland (Jr.; Campbell)