Dec. 23, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina senior shortstop Aaron Attaway and junior first baseman Jacob Hoyle were both named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-America teams today as chosen and released by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Both Catamount infielders landed on the preseason publication's third team.
The Catamount duo are the lone selections from the Southern Conference on the trio of preseason squads, and were among 80 players recognized nationally.
The preseason All-America honor from Collegiate Baseball is the second for Attaway, who was also dubbed third team preseason by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in mid-December. It is the first preseason accolade for Hoyle who was dubbed post-season Freshman All-America back in 2012.
Attaway was a first team All-SoCon selection and garnered second team All-State plaudits a season ago, pacing the Catamounts and league with 97 hits and 68 runs scored. The Morganton, N.C., native batted a career-best .363, raising his career batting average to .323 through 170 career games played. Attaway drove in 54 runs giving him 117 career RBI while also amassing 15 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs.
During the summer, Attaway was a mid-season all-star in the California Collegiate League, playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues.
Hoyle played in 57 of WCU's 59 games a season ago, finding a home at first base. The Hickory, N.C., product hit .310 in his second season on the diamond, collecting 29 extra base hits including 16 doubles to rank second on the team, two triples and 11 home runs - the third-most on the squad. Hoyle legged out three doubles in a single -game against eventual Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) champion, Tennessee Tech.
Overall, Hoyle ranked third on WCU's 2013 squad with a career-high 52 RBI, scoring 40 runs. He also saw time on the mound, throwing a combined 9.2 innings in four appearances including one start.
Hoyle is a .309 hitter through the first two years of his collegiate career. He has 47 career extra base hits with 30 doubles, two triples and 15 career home runs. Last summer, Hoyle hit .280 with the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League with 10 doubles and four homers.
Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now through WCU Athletics Ticket Office. Pricing begins at just $50 for an adult general admission and $25 for a youth for all 30 home dates. Reserved seating options in both field and upper level are available. Call the ticket office at (800)34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401, or purchase online at CatamountSports.com.
Western Carolina will gear up for the 2014 season by hosting the fourth "Celebration of Catamount Baseball Fundraising Banquet" on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Hinds University Center. Former Catamount reliever - and current Kansas City Royals' closer - Greg Holland is slated as the keynote speaker as WCU again celebrates its 2013 SoCon regular season championship, introduces its 2014 squad and unveils this season's "Leggett No. 7 Legacy" recipient.
To reserve your spot at the 2014 "Celebration of Catamount Baseball Fundraiser Banquet," please contact Assistant Coach Bruce Johnson in the WCU Baseball office by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (828) 227-2022 or (252) 241-9829.
The Catamounts open their SoCon regular season title defense on February 14-16 by hosting the Ohio Bobcats at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
Western Carolina's Preseason All-America Selections (since 2005):
2014 - Aaron Attaway (3rd team, NCBWA) and (3rd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball) and Jacob Hoyle (3rd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)
2013 - Preston Hatcher (3rd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)
2012 - Ross Heffley (1st team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)
2010 - Ross Heffley (3rd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)
2008 - Blake Murphy (2nd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)
2007 - Steven Strausbaugh (1st team, NCBWA) and (2nd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)
2005 - Jared Greenood (2nd team, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball)