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Catamount Diamond Notes: July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina finished ranked nationally in several statistical categories as a team with numerous individual Catamounts also featured in the individual ranking summary as the NCAA this week released its final statistical rankings from the 2014 baseball season.

Below are notes outlining WCU's highlights among the NCAA's final national rankings:

- Western Carolina led the Southern Conference - and ranked ninth nationally - in scoring, averaging 7.1 runs per game ... the national leader was Tennessee Tech at 8.3 runs per ball game ... the Catamounts finished 16th nationally in total number of runs scored (388);

- For a second-straight year, WCU finished among the national leaders in home runs and home runs per game ... the Catamounts were fourth in the SoCon in both categories while ranking 10th in the NCAA in home runs per game (0.89) and 11th in total number of homers with 49 ... Combined, WCU was 14th in the nation in overall slugging percentage (.431);

- The Catamount pitching staff ranked 15th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings, average 8.0 per game which ranked second in the SoCon behind Wofford (8.4);

- Catamount sluggers Adam Martin and Jacob Hoyle finished tied for seventh in the nation in home runs, both hitting a SoCon-leading 14 round-trippers in 2014 ... Martin ranked seventh in home runs per game (0.26) while Hoyle, who started all 55 games, finished 10th (0.25);

- Martin additionally finished seventh in the country in runs batted in, collecting a SoCon-leading 65 RBI ... Hoyle and Bradley Strong were tied for 41st with 53 runs driven in;

- Bradley Strong paced the SoCon with 58 runs scored which put him 20th nationally in the final NCAA rankings ... His 1.05 runs per game average ranked the Richlands, Va., product 12th nationally while his six triples ranked him 20th;



- Senior RHP T.J. Fussell finished the season ranked fifth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings with a SoCon-leading average of 11.33;

- Western Carolina finished the 2014 season with a 37-18 overall record, posting the program's 25th 30-win season since 1984 - or 25, 30-win seasons over the past 30 years;

- Western Carolina posted back-to-back Southern Conference regular season championships for the first time since the late 1980s - winning four-straight seasonal titles from 1986-89 ... WCU accomplished the feat for the first time in the conference since Elon claimed back-to-back crowns in 2008 and 2009;

- WCU earned its 13th SoCon regular season championship all-time, matching The Citadel for the most seasonal crowns in league history ... Combined with the program's nine tournament titles, Catamount baseball now holds the SoCon record with 22 baseball championships, one more than The Citadel with 21 (13 regular season, eight tournament);

- WCU posted a 23-5 (.885) winning percentage inside the friendly confines of Childress Field / Hennon Stadium in 2014, winning nine-consecutive home games to conclude the regular season ... WCU was 12-2 in Southern Conference play at home;

- Since 1978, WCU has recorded 12, 20-win seasons at home in Childress Field / Hennon Stadium ... 2014 marked the third time that the Catamounts had recorded back-to-back, 20-win home seasons (2013-14, 2006-07, 2002-03);

- WCU will enter 2015 having won at least two of the three series games against league foes in 14 of the past 16 conference series dating back to 2013 ... All told, WCU has won 36 of its last 44 regular season games against SoCon foes ... the losses have come to Furman (3), Georgia Southern (2), Elon (1), Appalachian State (1) and Samford (1);

- Western Carolina head coach Bobby Moranda eclipsed the 200-win mark in 2014, sitting with a career record of 232-164-2 overall and a 120-81-1 ledger in SoCon play ... Moranda's 200th career victory came over La Salle on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 ... With 232 wins, Moranda moved into third place in WCU's all-time coaching history behind Jack Leggett (302, 1983-91) and Todd Raleigh (257, 2000-07) ... Moranda's 120 career SoCon victories are second behind just Raleigh (132-101 from 2000-07).