Monday, May 22, 2017

Bowman Selected SoCon Baseball Player of the Year

Bryson Bowman was selected as the 2017 Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Year by both the coaches & media to headline five Catamounts named to the post-season All-Southern Conference baseball teams.

A native of Baton, N.C., Bowman ranked inside the individual top 10 in 10 total offensive categories including leading the SoCon in two -- on-base percentage (.475) and RBI (59), posting a team-best 16 multi-RBI games. His team-leading .389 seasonal batting average ranked third in the SoCon, and he finished the regular season second in slugging percentage (.635) and total bases (134). He enters the conference tournament poised to win the team's Triple Crown for top batting average, RBI, and most home runs (11). When only factoring in league play, Bowman hit a conference-leading .433 as a part of ranking in the top 10 in seven offensive categories.

During the 2017 season, Bowman had a very impressive run of reaching base safely in 42-consecutive games -- a streak that ranks among the all-time best in program history. That stretch included a school-record tying 27-game hitting streak -- the best in the SoCon this year and tied for fifth-best in league history. All told, Bowman secured hits in 48 of WCU's 54 regular season games while impressively reaching base in 53 of the 54 games. Including collecting SoCon Player of the Week honors on April 3, Bowman was dubbed the league's Player of the Month for April -- just the seventh monthly award by a Catamount all-time, and just the third by a position player. Bowman is the 16th different Catamount all-time to claim Player of the Year accolades

- Courtesy WCU Athletic Media Relations

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