Oct. 30, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamount baseball team wraps up its annual fall drills on Wednesday with the final non-traditional season practice at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The final session follows a two-game, intrasquad Fall College World Series over the weekend in which Team Camo won two games, 11-5 and 9-1, to sweep the series.
Western Carolina practices for the final time this fall on Wednesday afternoon.
Game One Recap: Null Fans a Dozen as Camo Cruises to 11-5 Win
Cullowhee, N.C. - Junior right-hander Jeremy Null struck out 12 of the 16 batters he faced through four and a third innings of work to lead Team Camo to an 11-5 victory in game one of Western Carolina's Fall College World Series.
Null was nearly untouchable in the start, allowing only three runners to reach base during his time on the mound, issuing a pair of walks and allowing just one hit.
While Null was dealing on the hill, the opportunistic Team Camo offense cashed in on miscues by Team Demarini with timely hits. Senior Cody Jones finished 4-for-6 in the opener with a double, two RBI and a couple of stolen bases. Dale Urquhart Jr., tripled with a pair of RBI while sophomore infielder J.D. Long had a 2-for-4 showing at the dish with a RBI.
Team Camo capitalized on several freebies in the opening frame, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead with a couple of walks and a hit batter. The camouflaged-clad squad also took advantage of a throwing error to ultimately bring two of the runners home.
In the second, Team Camo's offense was a little more conventional. Senior Adam Martin drew a lead-off walk before stealing second base. Junior Jacob Hoyle drove his catcher home on a single to right field with Urquhart tripling to the deepest part of right center to bring Hoyle to the plate from first base. Long then delivered an RBI single to left field with Jones concluding the inning's scoring with a RBI single to right center.
Team Demarini got its first hit off of Null in the fourth inning as freshman Dylan Prevatte reached to break-up the junior's no-hit bid. Null then lost senior Aaron Attaway on a walk before punching out sophomore Danny Bermudez for the final out of his start, giving way to Hoyle who moved to the mound from first base. Hoyle walked the first batter he faced before getting consecutive outs on a pop-up and a strikeout of freshman Matt Smith - but not before Team Demarini scratched the scoreboard on a failed pickoff attempt.
In the home half of the fourth, Team Camo got the runs back as sophomore Reece Strong opened with a triple down the right field line and later scored on a RBI double by Jones. Martin then plated Jones on a RBI single. Two more runs scored on a misplayed ball in the outfield hit by Taylor Sandefur that allowed two runs to cross the plate.
Team Demarini added three runs in the fifth inning including a RBI single by Attaway, run-scoring double by Bermudez and a RBI base knock by senior Dykota Spiess.
Sophomore RHP Thomas Young pitched the top of the seventh inning for Team Camo, striking out the side while issuing a walk and a single. Redshirt freshman Dylan Bray also toed the rubber late in the going for the Camo squad.
For Team Demarini, Attaway finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles and an RBI while sophomore catcher Danny Bermudez was 1-for-4 with a double and a run driven in. Freshman left-hander Bryan Sammons took the loss with junior Danny Schneider working four innings out of the bullpen, sitting Team Camo down in order in the third inning.
Game Two Recap: Martin Home Runs Power Camo to Series Victory, 9-1
Cullowhee, N.C. - Senior catcher Adam Martin homered twice including a two-out solo bomb in the top of the first inning and a grand slam in the second as Team Camo claimed Western Carolina's Fall College World Series with a 9-1 victory over Team Demarini.
Martin finished 2-for-5 with the two homers and five RBI to lead Team Camo, while Taylor Sandefur - who played second base - finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs driven in.
Martin's two round-trippers handed Team Camo a 5-0 lead through two innings of play. Sandefur got the ball rolling in the second inning with a one-out double to deep right center. J.D. Long walked to put two aboard with senior Cody Jones singling to load the bases. Martin then blasted his second home run of the game on a grand slam to deep left field.
Team Demarini lit the scoreboard for a run in the bottom of the second as senior Dykota Spiess led off with the first of back-to-back walks with Dylan Prevatte moving Spiess into scoring position. Senior Luke Gragg then delivered a run-scoring single down the right field line to make it 5-1. However, half an inning later, Team Camo got the run back as Sandefur drove home freshman Pierce Suttles on a RBI double.
Scoring was capped in the fourth inning as Team Camo hung three more runs on the board. Jacob Hoyle and Dale Urquhart Jr., secured consecutive walks with Reece Strong reaching on a fielder's choice. Suttles then doubled off the fence in left to drive home Hoyle before Sandefur delivered another run-scoring hit, singling up the middle to plate a pair of runs for the 9-1 edge.
Also on the mound, freshman Taylor Durand worked the fifth and sixth innings without allowing a run for Team Demarini while freshman Matt Smith put up a goose egg in the seventh. Redshirt senior John McClure tossed a scoreless fourth-and-fifth for Team Camo ahead of Jonathan Waszak in the sixth and Thomas Young in the seventh inning.
Catamount Baseball Adds RHP T.J. Fussell
Western Carolina learned late Tuesday evening that transfer right-handed pitcher T.J. Fussell had been granted a sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA and was eligible to join the Catamount baseball roster. Fussell transferred to WCU this fall for graduate school with hopes of gaining the extra final year of playing status to pitch for the defending Southern Conference regular season champions.
An Asheville, N.C., product, the 6-4 hurler, Fussell, played high school baseball at Reynolds High, graduating in 2008. He attended NAIA and Appalachian Athletic Conference-member, Montreat College. As a senior, Fussell made 10 appearances including eight starts with one complete game, tossing 43.1 innings with 46 strikeouts against 12 walks with a 4.57 ERA and a 1-4 record. He limited opponents to a .219 batting average against last year with just 10 of the 35 hits allowed going for extra bases.
During this past summer, Fussell was a Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL) All-Star after leading the league in strikeouts (55 in 33.0 innings) with a 3-1 record and 1.09 earned run average for the Morganton Aggies. Fussell, who had Tommy John surgery in 2012, then went to the Coastal Plain League with the Wilson Tobs where he was 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.