Oct. 21, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina baseball team enters its final week of fall practice with the annual intrasquad Fall College World Series scheduled for this weekend at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The defending Southern Conference regular season champions have five practices remaining in the fall portion of its off-season workouts.
WCU is slated to practice twice mid-week with sessions both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. The team will then hold a three-game series this weekend to conclude the fall portion of its off-season workouts. The squad will scrimmage Friday beginning at 4:00 pm; Saturday morning with first pitch at 11:00 am ahead of the football team's Homecoming game against Elon at 3:30 pm. The three-game set will wrap-up with a Sunday afternoon matinee beginning at 2:00 pm.
Each game is free and open to the public on-campus. The intrasquad scrimmages provide the WCU coaching staff with real-time evaluation of their players during true, game-like scenarios.
Members of WCU's senior class will meet with the coaching staff this week to hold a mock-draft to set the rosters for the two squads that will battle for bragging rights in the Fall College World Series. CatamountSports.com will be updated once the two squads are determined and pitching match-ups announced.
Western Carolina began fall practice on Friday, Sept. 13 and has been active each week with the exception of the University's Fall Break. As per NCAA regulations, the baseball team is permitted 27 practice dates over a 45-day period.
Catamount Baseball to be recognized on Nov. 16
Western Carolina University and its Athletics Department will celebrate the Catamount baseball team's 2013 Southern Conference regular season championship in conjunction with WCU's final home football game of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 16. Members of the 2013 squad will be honored during the Catamounts' game against the Furman Paladins.
The 2013 Catamounts secured the program's 12th seasonal crown all-time on the next-to-last weekend of the regular season, clinching with a series sweep over Wofford at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The squad set a school-record with 23 wins in Southern Conference play, surpassing the previous benchmark of 22 established in 2003. WCU closed the regular season by winning 21 of its final 24 games, earned a national ranking of 29th late in the season - the first-time a WCU squad was ranked since 2003.
Combined, the Catamounts claimed nine of their 10 SoCon series including a program-record 16-game winning streak against league foes.
Overall, the Catamounts scored 39 victories on the year, the most under head coach Bobby Moranda. It was the 25th time since 1984 - and the 10th since 2000 - that WCU had 30-or-more wins in a season. WCU's regular season crown was its first since 2007.
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