Aug 20, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The defending Southern Conference regular season champion Western Carolina Catamount baseball team added 10 new players to its roster with the start of fall classes. Seven of the 10 newcomers are from North Carolina with one apiece from Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio.
All told, the Catamounts added seven players as pitchers with three listed as position players including a pair of infielders and a catcher.
Coming off a 39-20 season a year ago - and returning four players that were honored in the post-season by the SoCon - the WCU coaches will have individual instruction sessions with the squad through the fall, and is slated to open its fall practice in mid-September with plans to conclude the fall prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Catamount roster features eight seniors and seven juniors including a potential preseason player of the year in senior Aaron Attaway and preseason pitcher of the year in Jeremy Null. WCU returns 44 of its 71 home runs from a season ago with 23 of its 39 victories and 325 of 490 strikeouts returning on the mound.
2013 Western Carolina Catamount Baseball Incoming Class
||Hometown (Previous School)|
||Grayson, Ga. (Grayson HS)
|Taylor Durand (Soph.)
||Oak Ridge, Tenn. / Volunteer State / Anderson County HS)
||Hayesville, N.C. (Hayesville HS)
||Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook HS)
||Denver, N.C. (East Lincoln HS)
||Asheboro, N.C. (Asheboro HS)
||Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard HS)
||Fredericktown, Ohio (Fredericktown HS)
||Cornelius, N.C. (Hough HS)
||Lawrenceville, Ga. (Collins Hill HS)
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RHP/OF - R/R - 6-2 - 190 lbs. - Fr.
Grayson, Ga. (Grayson HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year, varsity letter winner on the diamond ... Finished with a 9-4 overall career record on the mound including five saves ... Also hit seven career home runs... Earned first team all-region and all-county accolades as a senior after being a preseason Louisville Slugger All-America Honorable Mention ... Also played football as a prep, helping his high school win the Georgia state championship as a junior with a perfect 15-0 record.
Personal: Full name is Korey Lee Anderson ... Is the son of Joe and Kathy Anderson ... Has two sisters, Katie and Krista.
LHP - L/L - 6-5 - 220 lbs. - Soph.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Volunteer State JC / Anderson County HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU prior to the fall of 2013 from Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn. ... Finished 7-1 with a save as a freshman, boasting a 1.95 ERA through 50.1 innings pitched ... Tallied 58 strikeouts against 18 walks in helping his squad to a 30-14 record ; Summer League: Pitched for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods League during the summer ... Posted a 1-1 record through four appearances, striking out seven with 15 walks in seven innings of work; High School: Was a two-time, all-district and all-region selection ... Over his final two years, posted an 11-2 record on the hill in 116 innings of work ... Boasted a 1.90 ERA as a junior and a 2.10 ERA during his senior campaign.
Personal: Full name is Taylor Michael Durand ... Is the son of Tony and Laura Durand ... Has two siblings, Bradley and Halee.
LHP - L/L - 6-1 - 250 lbs. - Fr.
Hayesville, N.C. (Hayesville HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year letter winner at Hayesville High for head coach Jeff Vardo ... Finished his career with a .417 batting average with 11 home runs ... Boasted an 18-2 career record with two saves, both coming as a senior ... Had a 0.69 career ERA which included an 0.31 mark as a senior, 1.01 as a junior and 0.29 as a sophomore ... Also played football as a prep.
Personal: Full name is Samuel Evan Hughes ... Is the son of Greg Hughes and Michelle Parker ... Has two sisters.
RHP - R/R - 6-3 - 190 lbs. - Fr.
Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner and a three-time all-conference selection ... Earned CAP-8 Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades as a senior, posting a 6-1 record with a 0.40 ERA ... Struck out 90 batters against 20 walks through 61 innings of work ... Picked up all-state plaudits in his final season ... Set a school records for consecutive game hitting streak at 22, putouts by an outfielder and appearances in a single-season.
Personal: Full name is Brian Joseph Nobles ... Is the son of Gary and Jill Parker ... Has a brother, Daniel ... His father, Gary, played college basketball.
INF - R/R - 6-4 - 220 lbs. - Fr.
Denver, N.C. (East Lincoln HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year varsity letter winner ... Earned All-Southern Piedmont Conference accolades his final two seasons ... Batted .458 as a senior, earning All-Gazette and All-Lake Norman baseball plaudits ... As a junior, helped lead the Mustangs to a second-consecutive conference championship with a .424 batting average with 29 RBI and 20 runs scored, a .975 fielding percentage and a 4-0 record on the mound with a pair of saves and a 0.88 ERA ... Named SPC 1A/2A Player of the Year and was an All-State selection ... Finished with 14 career home runs including four as a senior ... Was a member of the gold medal winning Powerade Region VI state team ... Also played basketball as a prep.
Personal: Full name is Addison Kent Parrish ... Is the son of Jimmy and Lana Parrish ... Has two brothers, Cason and Jameson.
INF - L/R - 6-1 - 225 lbs. - Fr.
Asheboro, N.C. (Asheboro HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Earned All-Mid-Piedmont Conference accolades as a senior ... Played for Post 45 in American Legion summer baseball ... Was listed as MyRandolphSports.com's "Favorite Underclassman Student-Athlete" after his freshman year in 2010 ... Also played football as a prep where he was an all-conference and all-county selection.
Personal: Full name is Dylan Lane Prevatte ... Is the son of Doug and Misti Prevatte.
LHP - L/L - 6-4 - 245 lbs. - Fr.
Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year letter winner for two-time Mideastern Conference champion Hoggard High, claiming player of the year honors in 2013 ... Twice earned all-area honors with an honorable mention coming as a sophomore ... Posted a 16-1 record over his final two seasons as a prep including a 10-0 record with seven complete games as a senior ... Boasted a 1.00 ERA, five shutout wins and 98 strikeouts in 63 innings in his final year as a prep, earning Wilmington StarNews All-Area Player of the Year accolades ... Also playing first base, batted .306 with a home run and 15 RBI, recording a .852 OPS ... Was a North Carolina Gatorade State player of the Year candidate ... During the summer of 2013, helped guide Wilmington Post 10 to the American Legion World Series, earning MVP honors in the Southeast Regional after tossing a complete game shutout in the championship game ... Off the field, volunteers with Special Olympics and was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Personal: Full name is Bryan Todd Sammons ... Is the son of Todd and Pam Sammons ... Has two older siblings, Wesley and Jill.
OF/LHP - L/L - 5-10 - 210 lbs. - Fr.
Fredericktown, Ohio (Fredericktown HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-year varsity letter winner who earned All-Ohio Division III accolades all four seasons including first-team plaudits each of his final three seasons ... Named the News Journal Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... Batted .555 for his high school career with 24 home runs ... Set high school program record for games played and career batting average ... Ranked inside the top five in Ohio state history in batting average and was eighth in career hits ... Also played football as a prep, earning All-Ohio status.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Allen Smith ... Is the son of Tim and Melissa Smith ... Has a younger brother, Noah.
C - R/R - 6-2 - 200 lbs. - Fr.
Cornelius, N.C. (Hough HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Earned I-MECK 4A all-conference accolades as a senior, moving behind the plate on a regular basis ... As a junior, batted .358, mostly as a pitcher and designated hitter ... Scored a playoff victory on the mound over Mooresville and collected a two-run home run in the first game of the 4A West regional against East Forsyth High.
Personal: Full name is Pierce Adams Suttles ... Is the son of Roy and Suzanne Suttles ... Has two older brothers, Jared and Jameson ... Grew up in Cary, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.
LHP - L/L - 6-3 - 210 lbs. - Fr.
Lawrenceville, Ga. (Collins Hill HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Played both first base and pitched as a prep at Collins Hill ... Was a three-year varsity letter winner and was named a Gwinnett County All-Star and third team all-region as a senior ... Finished with a career ERA around 2.10, tossing 45 innings his final two seasons ... Tallied 50 strikeouts including 40 as a senior ... Hit seven home runs with 16 doubles in his career ... Played for 643 DP Athletics Baseball and East Cobb Baseball during the offseason ... Pitched a perfect game at the age of 14 in USA Baseball's 16U Championship tournament ... Was a Georgia Dugout Club Top 100 selection his final three seasons ... Also played basketball as a prep where he was a two-year varsity letter winner.
Personal: Full name is Nathan Gerard Williams ... Is the son of James and Mary Jo Williams ... Has a younger sister, Maggie.