Monday, April 20, 2015

Baseball: App State mid-week series

Dates: Tuesday, April 21st & Wednesday, April 22d
Times: 5:00 pm; 5:00 pm;
Location: Tuesday - Hennon Stadium, then Wednesday - Smith Stadium
Video: Tuesday - SoCon Digital Network
Radio: Wednesday - Catamount Sports Network
The Series: WCU leads the series, 80-46-1, and has won eight of the last eleven games in the series

Last season's Catamounts swept the Mountaineers in Cullowhee for the final three game series as conference mates.

This year's Mountaineers come to Cullowhee for the first game of the home-and-home, mid-week series with an overall 11-28 record.  ASU is currently sitting in last place in the Sun Belt Conference standings with a 4-16 record, and are 11 games out of first place.

App State is 3-7 in their last 10 games, and have lost three straight. The Mountaineer are 4-9 at home this season, and 4-14 on the road. They are hitting .263 as a team, and has three players hitting above 300 - Michael Pierson .355, Noah Holmes .323, & Dillon Dobson .311.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mercer series

Dates: April 10th, April 11th, April 12th
Times: 6:00 pm; 2:00 pm; 1:00 pm
Location: Claude Smith Field, Macon, GA
Radio: Catamount Sports Network

This weekend, the Catamounts travel to Macon, Georgia for the first ever series with Mercer as members of the Southern Conference, but it will be the third meeting overall between the programs, with the series tied at 1-1. Mercer won the inaugural game between the two teams, 13-10, in Cullowhee, then the Cats returned the favor in Macon with a final score of 8-7.

The Bears currently lead the SoCon, with a 7-2 record and are 20-14 overall. Mercer has a 10-10 record this season in games played in Macon.

The Bears are coming off a midweek, one run loss to Georgia Tech.  In conference play, they have two game series wins over both the Citadel & Furman, and a series sweep against ETSU.  The Bears also have 2 wins over Georgia, in their home and home series.

The Bears currently sit in last place in the conference in team batting, with a team .268 average and are in second place in team pitching with a 4.26 ERA.  Individually, Kyle Lewis is hitting .385 (4th in the SoCon) with 50 hits and 10 home runs., and Eric Nyquist leads the league in pitching with a 2.62 ERA in nine appearances this season,

Friday night's matchup features two of the top starting pitchers in the SoCon, as league ERA leader Eric Nyquist faces off against fellow right-hander B.J. Nobles and his 3.01 ERA (6th in SoCon).

Probable Starters 
Friday - (WCU) RHP B.J. Nobles (3-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. (MU) RHP Eric Nyquist (4-2, 2.62 ERA)
Saturday - (WCU) LHP Bryan Sammons (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs. (MU) LHP Grant Papelian (4-1, 3.93 ERA)
Sunday - (WCU) RHP Korey Anderson (3-2, 6.83 ERA) vs. (MU) RHP Ryan Askew (4-3, 4.99 ERA)

Mercer's pregame preview -

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tennessee Vols

Date: Tuesday, April 7th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location:  Hennon Stadium
Video:  SoCon Digital Network

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Volunteers will visit Cullowhee for a 6 pm start time at Hennon Stadium.

Tennessee comes with a 14-14 overall record, and are 8-9 on the road this year.  The Vols are coming off a weekend series with Ole Miss, which whey won on the road picking up wins in the last two games of the series.  Tennessee is 5-5 out of their last 10 games. while the Vols are 4-8 in the SEC this season.

The Cats and Vols will play meet for the 28th time all-time on the baseball diamond with the Cats holding a 7-20 all time record. Coach Bobby Moranda is 2-4 against the Vols.

Projected Pitching Match-Up:
WCU: R-So., LHP Dillon Bray vs. Tennessee: Fr., LHP Zach Warren

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Women's Golf Finishes Fourth at Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Cats even series with Wofford

Wofford Logo
Wofford 24-10
Western Carolina Logo
 Western Carolina 13-14
Score By Periods
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Cats Drop Series Opener to Wofford

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wofford series

Dates: Friday, April, 3d; Saturday, April 4th; Sunday, April 5th
Times: 5:00 pm; 2:00 pm; 1:00 pm
Location: Hennon Stadium
Video: SoCon Digital Network 
The Series: Western Carolina leads the all-time series with Wofford, 64-17, including a 42-6 all-time mark in games played in Cullowhee

Like the Citadel, Wofford comes to Cullowhee for a third-straight season.

The Terriers won the series three seasons ago in Spartanburg, winning 2-0 in the opener and 6-5 in the back-end of a Saturday doubleheader to mark the first-time since Wofford joined the SoCon in 1998 that the Terriers had won a three-game series over the Catamounts.

Wofford enters the series coming off a two-game midweek series against #1 Vanderbilt,  The Terriers dropped both games, but were competitive against the Commodores, losing game one, 0-6 and game #2 by a final score of 3-5. Wofford record this season is 23-9 overall, 2-1 in SoCon play, but just 2-4 in away games. The Terriers have only played one SoCon series to date, that one was against VMI, with the Terriers winning 2 of 3 against the Keydets in Spartanburg.

Probable Starters -
WCU - RHP B.J. Nobles (3-0, 2.03 ERA) vs WC - RHP Matt Milburn (6-0, 2.22 ERA)
WCU - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-3, 6.03 ERA) vs WC - RHP Luke Leftwich (3-0, 4.57 ERA)
WCU - RHP Korey Anderson (2-2, 7.84 ERA) vs WC - LHP Adam Scott (4-1, 2.38 ERA)

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Football Update: 3-30-15

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Kennesaw State (game #2)

Kennesaw State Owls
Location: Stillwell Baseball Stadium, Kennesaw, GA
Date: Tuesday, March, 31st
Time: 6:00 PM
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
Live Stats: KSU Live Stats
Live Video: none
The Series: The Cats are 11-5 all time against the Owls
KSU's Record: 14-13 overall, 10-7 @ home

This series marks the fifth consecutive season Western and Kennesaw have met, with the Cats owning a 11-5 overall record against the Owls. Coming into this mid week game, KSU won their series over USC Upstate this past weekend. winning two of the three games.

The Cats split last season's meetings with Kennesaw State, as both teams won on their home field. Western won the home portion of this year's series in Cullowhee back on March 18th, by a final score of 5-4.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Baseball: Cats Sweep the Citadel with 12-9 Win

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
The Citadel......... 031 040 001 -  9 15  1
Western Carolina.... 008 010 30X - 12 15  0

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cats hand Bulldogs a loss in series opener

The Cats handed the Citadel Bulldogs a loss to open this year's series between the two teams, 7-2. Both teams gave up 8 hits, but the dogs were only able to put across two runs.  BJ Nobles (3-0) picked up the win for Western, while the Bulldog's ace, James Reeves (4-1)  who pitched for 6.2 innings, give up 7 hits and all 7 runs and was charged with the loss.

The win improves WCU's record to 10-12 overall and 2-2 in SoCon action while the Bulldogs drop to 14-10 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
The Citadel......... 001 000 100 -  2  8  1
Western Carolina.... 011 003 20X -  7  8  0

Let's do this again!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Citadel series

Dates:  March 27th, 28st & 29th
Times:  Friday 5 pm; Saturday 2 pm; Sunday 1 pm 
LocationHennon Stadium
Radio:  Catamount Sports Network
Video:  SoCon Digital Network

In a SoCon scheduling quirk, The Citadel (14-9) will be playing at Hennon Stadium for the third straight year.

The Cats are 22-13 against the Bulldogs in the regular season since 2002, when the Citadel won their last series in Cullowhee. On the flip side however, the Bulldogs have defeated Western six of eight times in the SoCon Tournament over the same peroid.

Western leads the 140-game all-time series, 78-62,which includes a 42-22 record of games played in Cullowhee. The Cats have won the last seven series over Bulldogs in Cullowhee, winning 16 of the 20 games.

Picked in a tie for seventh by the league's head coaches, the Bulldogs enter the game with a 14-9 overall record, while this series tips off their conference play.

Projected Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday: WCU - So., RHP B.J. Nobles (2-0, 2.18) vs. CIT - R-Jr., LHP James Reeves (4-0, 2.81)
Saturday: WCU - So., LHP Bryan Sammons (2-3, 6.04) vs. CIT - Fr., LHP J.P. Sears (4-2, 2.67)
Sunday: WCU - So., RHP Korey Anderson (2-2, 6.06) vs. CIT - Jr., RHP Austin Livingston (1-1, 6.07)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baseball: UNCG takes series over WCU, 2-1

As the preseason favorite in the Southern Conference, Western Carolina entered the weekend series with UNCG confident the winning streak against the Spartans would remain in tack.

However, the UNCG baseball team had other ideas, with a 17-2 victory that opened the series on Friday, then winning the rubber match on Sunday, 7-4.

The series win by the Spartans was their first for UNCG over the Cats since they swept Western in Greensboro during the 2011 campaign.

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Western Carolina.... 000 102 010 -  4  9  0
UNCG................ 401 200 00X -  7 10  1

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Basketball: Middleton released at WCU

Head women's basketball coach Karen Middleton will not return to the WCU basketball program, Athletics Director Randy Eaton announced today. Assistant coach Willie Freeman, will be retained at least until a new head coach is hired.

"I want to thank Karen for all of the hard work she and her staff did representing Western Carolina over the last six years," said Eaton. "She consistently recruited quality young ladies and always placed emphasis on the `student' in the student-athletes she brought to our campus." Eaton also added that a national search for the next head women's basketball coach will begin immediately.

During Middleton's six seasons in Cullowhee, the Catamounts compiled a 63-121 (.342) record, which includes a 35-77 (.313) conference record. On the positive side, under Middleton's tenure, four Catamounts earned SoCon All-Freshman team honors and three earned All-SoCon honors. WCU twice had an Academic All-District III selection and the Catamount squads twice garnered national academic recognition from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with its academic top 25 ranking.

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