Friday, May 20, 2022

SoCon Baseball (Week #6 - May 19-21) ***Updated***


On Thursday, all the home teams lost, except Samford. Wofford won at least a share of the 2022 SoCon Regular Season Title.

Thursday's scores: 
UNCG 8 - Western Carolina 2
Mercer 4 - Samford 6
Wofford 19 - VMI 2
The Citadel 9 - ETSU 2


The standings after Thursday's games:
1. Wofford (14-4-1)
2. Samford (11-8)
2. Mercer (11-8)
4. UNCG (10-9)
5. Western Carolina (9-9-1)
6. ETSU (9-10)
7. VMI (6-13)
8. Citadel (5-14)


***Friday Update***

On Friday, the Spartans won their series with Western Carolina, Samford took the series with Mercer, and Wofford squeezed out a win over VMI.  The Bucs split their series with The Citadel in a win in Johnson City.

Friday's scores: 
UNCG 5  -  Western Carolina 3
Mercer 1  -  Samford 5
Wofford 4  -  VMI  3
The Citadel  6  -  ETSU  13

The standings after Friday's games:
1. Wofford (15-4-1)
2. Samford (12-8)
3. Mercer (11-9)
3. UNCG (11-9)
5. ETSU (10-10)
6. Western Carolina (9-10-1)
7. VMI (6-14)
8. Citadel (5-15)


if it ended today... (May 20th) - The SoCon tournament, day 1

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 25 - Greenville's Fluor Field - on ESPN+
Game 1  #5 ETSU  vs.  #8 The Citadel - 3 p.m.
Game 2  #6 Western Carolina  vs. #7 VMI - 7 p.m.

- Remember, day 1 is a play-in game, lose and you go home... double elimination stats with day 2





Wednesday, May 18, 2022

UNCG Spartans

The Catamounts return home for the final conference series of the season to host the UNC Greensboro Spartans in Hennon Stadium.  


Who: UNCG Spartans
When: Thursday - Saturday (May 10-21)
Time: 5:00 pm; 5:00, 2:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: WCU live stats
Nickname: Spartans
Colors: Gold (yellow), White, Blue

The Series: The Cats own a 36-41 record against the Spartans and are 12-14 in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats are 3-2 in the last 5 games played between the two teams.

Head Coach: Billy Godwin, UNC Greensboro announced in August of 2019 that Billy Godwin has been hired as baseball head coach. Godwin had spent the previous five years with the New York Yankees, overseeing all amateur scouting in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Godwin's record vs. WCU: 2-1
Moranda's record vs. UNCG: 21-18

UNCG's 2022 record: 25-27 overall, 16-14 home, 9-11 away, 0-1 neutral, 9-9 SoCon
UNCG's 2021 record: 27-25 overall, 11-10 home, 14-14 away, 2-1 neutral, 12-17  SoCon

The Spartans come into the game having lost their last series against Samford in Birmingham. 

The Catamounts enter the weekend series in fourth place, behind third-place Samford (10-8) and just ahead of the fifth-place tie between ETSU and UNCG at 9-9. The Catamounts can finish as high in the standings as third, needing at least two wins over the Spartans and two Samford losses in its series with Mercer. UNCG (25-27, 9-9 SoCon) has won its last four league series, winning 2-of-3 against Samford, VMI, and ETSU and sweeping The Citadel. The Spartans have won four of their last six games overall on the season.

Both teams enter the weekend series following midweek losses. WCU rallied from a four-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning before falling in extras at Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, while UNCG lost in seven innings, 20-2, at NC State in Raleigh.


Projected Starting Pitcher Matchups:

Thursday, May 19 – 5:00 p.m. 
UNCG – Austin Parsley (8-4, 4.03 ERA; 87.0 IP, 77K, 12BB)
WCU – Jacob Corn (3-2, 5.12 ERA; 38.2 IP, 38K, 17BB)

Friday, May 20 – 5:00 p.m.
UNCG – Jared Mathewson (4-5, 4.73 ERA; 78.0 IP, 53K, 23BB)
WCU – Gavin Mortenson (5-7, 5.30 ERA; 69.2 IP, 56K, 25BB)

Saturday, May 21 – 2:00 p.m.
UNCG – TBA
WCU – TBA



Monday, May 16, 2022

at Gardner-Webb



Who: Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs
When: Tuesday (May 17)
Time: 4:00 pm
Where: John Henty Moss Stadium, Boiling Springs, NC
Radio: none
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: GW Live Stats
Nickname: Runnin' Bulldogs
Colors: Scarlet and black
Conference: Big South Conference

The Series: The Cats own an 18-9-1 record against the Runnin' Bulldogs and are 9-4 in games played in Boiling Springs. The Cats have won the last four games in the series, breaking a 4-game skid against the Bulldogs.

Head Coach: Jim Chester is in his third year as the head coach of the Gardner-Webb baseball team after taking over the program in June 2019. Chester led Gardner-Webb to 29 wins in 2021, his first full season at the helm. That included a 27-13 mark and a tie for second place in the Big South Conference standings, Gardner-Webb's highest finish ever since joining the league prior to the 2009 season. 

Chester's record vs. WCU: 0-3
Moranda's record vs. GWU: 11-5-1

GWU's 2022 record: 20-32 overall, 15-15 home, 5-17 away, 0-0 neutral, 10-11 Big South
GWU's 2021 record: 29-23 overall, 16-9 home, 12-12 away, 1-2 neutral, 27-13 Big South

The Runnin' Bulldogs were picked 5th in the 11-team Big South preseason poll. GWU is coming off a series swee[ over Presbyterian in Boiling Springs.




Saturday, May 14, 2022

SoCon Baseball (Week #6 - updated Sunday)

 ***Friday Update***

Wofford continues to lead the SoCon with a 15-4 drilling of Western Carolina, VMI beat Mercer for their fourth straight conference loss, ETSU handled UNCG, and Samford clobbered the Citadel 8-2.

Today's results:

ETSU 5 - UNCG 2
Samford 8 - Citadel 2
Western Carolina 4 - Wofford 15
VMI 10 - Mercer 9

The standings after Friday's games:
1. Wofford  (13-3)
2. Samford  (10-6)
3. Mercer  (9-7)
3. ETSU  (9-7)
5. Western Carolina  (8-8)
6. UNCG  (7-9)
7. VMI  (6-10)
8. Citadel  (2-14)


***Saturday Update***

In a big shake-up today, the Catamounts evened their series with Wofford with a 9-2 win in Sparkle City. UNCG split their series with ETSU with a big win over the Bucs, Samford also has a split with the Citadel, as the Bulldogs pulled off a one-run win in Charleston. Mercer also has a split with the Keydets, as the Bears pulled off a win in Macon.

Today's results:

ETSU 2 - UNCG 15
Samford 4 - Citadel 5
Western Carolina 9 - Wofford 2
VMI 1 - Mercer 4

The standings after Saturday's games:
1. Wofford  (13-4)
2. Samford  (10-7)
2. Mercer  (10-7)
4. ETSU  (9-8)
4. Western Carolina  (9-8)
6. UNCG  (8-9)
7. VMI  (6-11)
8. Citadel  (3-14)


***Sunday Update***

The Citadel won in Charleston to win their series with Samford, UNCG picked up a win to win their series over ETSU, and also win in Macon to pick up a series win over VMI.  Western Carolina and Wofford played to a 2-2 tie as weather delays forced the calling of the game at the top of the 8th inning.

Today's results:

ETSU 11 - UNCG 15
Samford 0 - Citadel 10
Western Carolina 2 - Wofford 2
VMI 7 - Mercer 8

The standings after Sunday's games:
1. Wofford  (13-4-1)
2. Mercer  (11-7)
3. Samford  (10-8)
4. Western Carolina  (9-8-1)
5. ETSU  (9-9)
5. UNCG  (9-9)
7. VMI  (6-12)
8. Citadel  (4-14)

On The Road to Greenville -  



                                 



Monday, May 9, 2022

at Kennesaw State


The Catamounts take to the road after a successful homestand against the Mercer Bears. On the road for a midweek game, the Cats travel to Kennesaw, Ga. to face the Kennesaw State Owls. The Owls were on a four-game win streak over the Cats until last season when the Cats broke the streak with a 12-11 victory in Cullowhee.  



Who: Kennesaw State
When: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Stillwell Baseball Stadium, Kennesaw, GA
Radio: none
TV/Video: YouTube
Live Stats: KSU Live stats
Nickname: Owls
Colors: Black, Gray, Yellow
Conference: ASun

Head Coach
: Ryan Coe, 1st season. The Owls welcome Coe back after nearly 12 years as a scout for the Texas Rangers, joining the MLB team following a 15-year spell as a player and coach at KSU under newly-retired head coach Mike Sansing.

Moranda's record vs. KSU: 8-7
Coe's record vs. WCU: 0-0

KSU's 2022 record: 27-21 overall, 15-8 home, 12-13 away, 0-1 neutral court, 15-9 ASun
KSU's 2021 record: 29-11 overall, 15-7 home, 12-12 away, 1-3 neutral, 13-8 ASun
The Series: The Cats are 13-8 overall against KSU, and 5-4 in games played in Kennesaw. The Cats broke a 4 game KSU win streak by the Owls last season in Cullowhee/

The Owls were picked 5th in the ASun preseason poll. KSU comes into the game having lost 4 of their last 5 games. 



Friday, May 6, 2022

SoCon Baseball (Week #5 - updated Saturday)



This weekend the Southern Conference moves into week number five of conference play on Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8, 2022. All eight teams are playing conference games after out-of-conference contests this week. Western Carolina, Wofford, and VMI picked up big midweek wins, while ETSU and the Citadel saw cancellations of their games.  

Both Western Carolina and the Citadel face big tests, as they face the two teams tied for first place in the conference, with the Cats facing the Mercer Bears in Cullowhee and the Bulldogs traveling to Spartanburg to face the Wofford Terriers. Two teams tied for third place in the conference meet in Birmingham, as the Bucs travel to face the Samford Bulldogs.  

This week's conference series are:
#1 Mercer at #5 Western Carolina
#7 VMI at #5 UNCG
#3 ETSU at #3 Samford
#8 Citadel at #1 Wofford

The current standings are:
1. Mercer (9-3)
1. Wofford (9-3)
3. ETSU (7-5)
3. Samford (7-5)
5. Western Carolina (5-7)
5. UNCG (5-7)
7. VMI (4-8)
8. Citadel (2-10)


***Friday Update***
The big news of the night is that after a weather delay, the number 5 Catamounts knocked off #1 Mercer by a 9-2 final score in Cullowhee.  The Terriers remain atop of conference play with Mercer's loss and the Wofford win at home over the #8 Citadel Bulldogs. Samford now controls the #3 spot with their win over ETSU and UNCG dominated VMI 12-1 in Greensboro. 

Friday's scores:
Mercer 2 - Western Carolina 9
VMI 1 - UNCG 12
ETSU 2 - Samford 6
Citadel 6 - Wofford 8

The current standings after Friday's games:
1. Wofford  (10-3)
2. Mercer  (9-4)
3. Samford  (8-5)
4. ETSU  (7-6)
5. Western Carolina  (6-7)
5. UNCG  (6-7)
7. VMI  (4-9)
8. Citadel  (2-11)

***Saturday Update***
Possibly playing its best baseball of the season, Western Carolina wins the series with Mercer, 15-5. Samford also picks up a series win over ETSU beating the Bucs 7-1.  The Keydets of VMI picked up a win today over UNCG for a series split with the Spartans, the final score 3-1. Wofford and the Citadel did not play on Saturday due to graduation schedules and will play a doubleheader on Sunday.  

Saturday's scores:
Mercer 5 - Western Carolina 15
VMI 3 - UNCG 1
ETSU 1 - Samford 7

The standings after Saturday's games:
1. Wofford  (10-3)
2. Mercer  (9-5)
2. Samford  (9-5)
4. Western Carolina  (7-7)
4. ETSU  (7-7)
6. UNCG  (6-8)
7. VMI  (5-9)
8. Citadel  (2-11)


***Sunday Update***

The Cats playing their best baseball this season pulled off the sweep of former #1 Mercer by a walk-off win in the eleventh inning in Cullowhee, the final score of 10-9 Catamounts. The Terriers also swept their series with the Citadel, winning a doubleheader today in Spartanburg. UNCG won their series with VMI by winning the rubber match with the Keydets today in Greensboro. Samford was going for a sweep over ETSU in Birmingham, but the Bucs pulled out a 12-8 win to spoil the Bulldog's run. 

Sunday's scores:
Mercer 9 - Western Carolina 10
VMI 3 - UNCG 7
ETSU 12 - Samford 8
Citadel 1 - Wofford 11
Citadel 6 - Wofford 8

The standings after Sunday's games:
1. Wofford  (12-3)
2. Mercer  (9-6)
2. Samford  (9-6)
4. Western Carolina  (8-7)
4. ETSU  (8-7)
6. UNCG  (7-8)
7. VMI  (5-10)
8. Citadel  (2-13)

On the Road to Greenville...

                               

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

WCU Baseball vs. Mercer Bears


The Cats remain in Cullowhee, after a midweek win over USC Upstate, to face the league-leading Mercer Bears. 


Who: Mercer Bears
When: Friday - Sunday, May 6-8, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm; 2:00 pm; 1:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network (Friday & Saturday)
TV/Video: ESPN+   (Sunday Only)
Live Stats: WCU Live stats
Nickname: Bears
Colors: Black & Orange
Fan Message Board: MU Bear Down

Head Coach: Craig Gibson. Since taking over for the legendary Barry Myers in 2004, Gibson (591-407) has guided the Bears from the depths of the Atlantic Sun Conference to the top of the Southern Conference, all while establishing Mercer as one of the most respected programs in the southeast. Consistency has become the standard under Gibson, as Mercer is one of just three NCAA Division I programs with 35 wins in each of the last ten years, joining LSU and Vanderbilt.

Moranda's record vs. Mercere: 10-14
Gibson's record vs. WCU: 13-9

Mercer's 2022 record: 35-9 overall, 22-4 home, 13-5 away, 0-0 neutral court, 9-3 SoCon
Mercer's 2021 record: 35-22 overall, 21-8 home, 14-12 away, 0-2 neutral, 18-9 SoCon

The Series: The Cats have a 10-14 overall record against the Bears, and are 2-8 in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats are only 1-4 against the Bears in the last 5 games played and are currently on a 3-game skid to the Bears dropping all three games last season.

The Bears are coming off a series win in Johnson City over the ETSU Bucs. On the mound, the Bears boast the most victories in the SoCon this season – 34 – with the best collective earned run average at 4.35 and lowest opponent batting average at .246 overall, limiting the opposition to just 369 combined hits to rank second in the SoCon. Mercer pitchers have combined for 437 strikeouts, tops in the league, with WCU, ranked third with 394 K's on the season.  

Projected Starting Pitcher Matchups:
Friday, May 6 | 5:00 p.m. | Coverage: Live Audio (CSN) | Live Stats
Mercer – RHP Ryan Lobus (5-2, 3.04 ERA; 56.1 IP, 55K, 16 BB)
WCU – RHP Zach Franklin (4-1, 2.20 ERA; 45.0 IP, 52K, 10 BB)

Saturday, May 7 | 2:00 p.m. | Coverage: Live Audio (CSN) | Live Stats
Mercer – RHP Josh Farmer (5-0, 3.83 ERA; 47.0 IP, 39K, 15 BB)
WCU – RHP Gavin Mortenson (3-7, 5.76 ERA; 54.2 IP, 43K, 22 BB)

Sunday, May 8 | 1:00 p.m. | Coverage: ESPN+ | Live Stats
Mercer – RHP Josh Harlow (6-2, 4.78 ERA; 52.2 IP, 67K, 20 BB)
WCU – TBA



Monday, May 2, 2022

USC Upstate (mid-week game)


Western Carolina hosts USC Upstate in a midweek game in Cullowhee on Wednesday, hoping to avenge a 3-9 loss to the Spartans in February 2022. 



Who: USC Upstate Spartans 
When: Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 
Time: 6:00 pm 
WhereHennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none 
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: WCU Live stats
Nickname: Spartans 
Colors: Green, White, Black 

Head Coach: Mike McGuire is in his second season as the head baseball coach at USC Upstate. McGuire joins USC Upstate after seven seasons as head coach of the NCAA Division I baseball program at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Under McGuire's leadership, the team compiled an overall record of 228-187 and a conference record of 118-91, including an average of 37 wins per season over the past five years. During the past five seasons, McGuire led the Eagles to 183 victories, which ranks in the top-40 nationally. The team defeated 10 nationally-ranked opponents and were champions of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and NCAA Regional Participants in 2015 and 2018.

Moranda's record vs. Upstate:  1-1
McGuire's record vs. WCU:  1-1 

USC Upstate's 2022 record: 27-17 overall, 20-7 home, 7-9 away, 0-1 neutral court, 13-5 Big South
USC Upstate's 2021 record:  37-16 overall, 18-5 home, 19-9 away, 0-2 neutral, 28-12 Big South

The Series: In the eleventh overall meeting between the two teams, the Cats are 7-3 against the Spartans in a series that started in 1986. The Cats had won the last 6 games in the series with the Spartans until Upstate broke the string with a 9-3 win over the Cats back in February in Spartanburg, SC.

The Spartans claimed a program-record 37 victories a season ago, picking up wins over Clemson and No. 12 Georgia Tech during a record-setting season. Upstate captured a program-best 28 conference victories in 2021, claiming the No. 2 seed in last season's Big South Tournament following a 37-16 (28-12 Big South) campaign. Last season, Upstate was one of the top teams in the nation at both the plate and on the mound, concluding the season ranked in the top-25 in the NCAA in both batting average (24th; .298) and earned run average (16th; 3.68). 

After 37 wins last season, the Spartans were picked second in the Big South Conference preseason poll. The Spartans are coming off a series win against GWU (2 of 3 games) and have won 6 of their last 7 games.

Probable Starting Pitchers 
Western Carolina | RHP Nick Hyde (0-0; 8.62 ERA) 
USC Upstate | RHP Trey Miller (1-3; 5.44 ERA)





Friday, April 29, 2022

SoCon Baseball (Week #4 - update Sunday)

This weekend the Southern Conference moves into week number four of conference play on Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, 2022.  Wofford and Mercer continue to lead conference play and are number 1 & 2 respectively in the standings, with ETSU a close third. 

The current standings:

1. Wofford (8-1)
2. Mercer (7-2)
3. ETSU (6-3)
4. Samford (5-4)
5. Western Carolina (3-6)
5. VMI (3-6)
7. Citadel (2-7)
7. UNCG (2-7)

This weekends games are:
#2 Mercer at #3 ETSU
#1 Wofford at #4 Samford
#7 UNCG at #7 The Citadel
#5 Western Carolina at #5 VMI

***Friday Update***
Samford was the big winner, knocking off #1 Wofford, with Mercer's win the Bears are now tied again for fist place with the Terriers. Other than Samford's home will, all the visiting teams won in conference play on Friday, with WCU beating VMI, Mercer over ETSU, and UNCG beating the Citadel.  Final scores:

Wofford 4 - Samford 5
Mercer 10 -  ETSU 3
UNCG 6 -  The Citadel 3
Western Carolina 7 -  VMI 6

The current standings after Friday's games:
1. Mercer (8-2)
1. Wofford (8-2)
3. ETSU (6-4)
3. Samford (6-4)
5. Western Carolina (4-6)
6. VMI (3-7)
7. UNCG (3-7)
8. Citadel (2-8)

***Update Sunday***
In a very big surprise, the Samford Bulldogs won the three-game series with league-leading Wofford, winning two of three games in Birmingham. Mercer won their series with ETSU picking up two wins in Johnson City.  The Catamounts also won their series with VMI in Lexington, VA, 2 games to1, and UNCG swept their series with the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

Sunday's scores: 
Wofford 16 - Samford 6
UNCG 5 -  The Citadel 3
Western Carolina 8 -  VMI 5

The current standings after Sunday's games:
1. Mercer (9-3)
1. Wofford (9-3)
3. ETSU (7-5)
3. Samford (7-5)
5. Western Carolina (5-7)
5. UNCG (5-7)
7. VMI (4-8)
8. Citadel (2-10)



On the Road to Greenville...

                               


Thursday, April 28, 2022

WCU Baseball: at VMI

The Cats resume their conference road trip with a stop in Lexington, VA to face the VMI Keydets



Who:  VMI
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 & May 1, 2022
Time:  at 6 pm / 2pm / 1pm - respectively
Where: Gray-Minor Stadium, Lexington, VA
Radio: none
TV/video: ESPN+
Live Stats: VMI Live Stats
Nickname: Keydets
Mascot: Moe, the Kangaroo
Colors:  Red, Yellow, and White
VMI Fan Message Board: Keydet Sportstalk

Head Coach: Jonathan Hadra - Jonathan Hadra, a four-year letterman and 2004 graduate of VMI, recently concluded his seventh season as the head coach of the Keydets. Hadra was named the 20th head coach in VMI baseball history on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. He had served as associate head coach for the Keydets previously and was the acting head coach for 10 days following the resignation of Marlin Ikenberry. The 2021 team responded well to adversity and finished strong, going 12-9 down the stretch - including an 11-7 mark in Southern Conference action. 

2022 VMI Baseball Record: 12-29 overall, 3-6 conf., 9-10 home, 3-19 away, 0-0 neutral
2021 VMI Baseball Record: 18-29 overall, 13-17 conf., 11-14 home, 7-15 away, 0-0 neutral

The Series: The Cats are 67-22 overall vs. the Keydets, posting a record of  26-11 in games played in Lexington. 

Bobby Moranda's record vs. VMI: 11-7
Jonathan Hadra's record vs. WCU: 7-11

The Keydets return home having dropped the last 4 conference games.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Presbyterian Blue Hose (game two)


The Cats return to Cullowhee for a midweek game with the Presbyterian College Blue Hose after their series win in Charleston against the Citadel. With the series victory, the Cats are now tied for fifth place with VMI, Western's upcoming weekend opponent.  


Who: Presbyterian College Blue Hose
When: Wednesday (April 27)
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/VideoESPN+
Live StatsWCU live stats
Nickname: Blue Hose
Colors: Garnet & Blue
Conference: Big South

The Series: The Cats own a 6-2 overall record with the Blue Hose, and the Cats are 4-1 in games played in Cullowhee, NC. With the win in Clinton in early March, the Cats have won three of the last four games played.     

The two teams last played in Cullowhee in 2017.  

Head Coach:  Elton Pollock, a 1995 graduate of Presbyterian College, completed his 17th season as head coach of the Blue Hose baseball program in the spring of 2021. Pollock follows Tim Corbin and Doug Kovash as the third head coach to lead the program since its reinstatement in 1988.

PC's 2022 record:  18-20 overall, 10-10 home, 8-10 away, 0-0 neutral, 8-7 Big South
PC's 2021 record:  22-23 overall, 9-6 home, 10-16 away, 3-1 neutral,  18-16 Big South

Coming off of the program's first Big South Championship and first NCAA regional appearance, the Presbyterian College Baseball team was tabbed fourth by the league coaches in the Big South preseason poll.

The Blue Hose are coming off a three-game sweep of Winthrop in Clinton and will face Clemson on Tuesday before playing the Catamounts on Wednesday. 




Thursday, April 21, 2022

SoCon Baseball (Week #3 Updated Sunday)

This weekend the Southern Conference moves into week number three of conference play on Friday, April 22, through Saturday, April 24, 2022.  A couple teams have taken the early lead in conference play, with both Mercer and Wofford sporting 6-0 records in conference play. Their closest opponent is Samford at 4-2, and the SoCon still has one team with no conference wins, UNCG at 0-6. 

The big showdown occurs in Macon this weekend when the Bears host the Terriers in a three-game series. Will there still be an unbeaten team on Sunday?

This weekend's action has:

#1 Wofford  at  #1 Mercer
#6 Western Carolina  at  #6 The Citadel
#4 VMI  at  #4 ETSU
#3 Samford  at  #8 UNCG

Current conference ranking:
1. Mercer (6-0)
1. Wofford (6-0)
3. Samford (4-2)
4. ETSU (3-3)
4. VMI (3-3)
6. Citadel (1-5)
6. Western Carolina (1-5)
8. UNCG (0-6)


***Updated Friday***
Friday's games are complete and we now only have one team with an unblemished record in conference play. Wofford is now 7-0 after dominating the other unbeaten team, Mercer in Macon by a final score of 17-7. The Catamounts picked up their second conference win of the season beating the Citadel in Charleston.  ETSU scored a one-run victory over VIM and Samford kept UNCG winless in conference play. 

Today's scores:
Wofford 17 at  Mercer 7
Western Carolina 4 at  The Citadel 2
VMI 8  at  ETSU  9
Samford  5 at  UNCG 3

The standings after Friday's games:
1. Wofford (7-0)
2. Mercer (6-1)
3. Samford (5-2)
4. ETSU (4-3)
5. VMI (3-4)
6. Western Carolina (2-5)
7. Citadel (1-6)
8. UNCG (0-7)


***UpdatedSaturday***

Three teams won their series with a second win on Saturday; Western Carolina; and Wofford; & ETSU won today, going 2-0 in their respective series. Samford and UNCG split their series, as the Spartans took a 10-5 victory over Samford. Wofford remains unbeaten at 8-0 in the SoCon, and we no longer have a winless team with the Spartans win. ETSU and Samford are now tied for third place in the standings, while Western and VMI are tied for fifth.;

Today's scores:
Western Carolina 8 - The Citadel 1
Wofford 5 -  Mercer 0
VMI 5  -  ETSU  10
Samford  5  -  UNCG 10

The standings after Saturday's games:
1. Wofford (8-0)
2. Mercer (6-2)
3. Samford (5-3)
4. ETSU (5-3)
5. VMI (3-5)
6. Western Carolina (3-5)
7. Citadel (1-7)
8. UNCG (1-7)

***Updated Sunday***

We no longer have an unbeaten conference team, as the Terriers were the victims of a walk-off home run at the hand of the Mercer Bears on Sunday. All the home teams won on Sunday, meaning no teams got a sweep this weekend, as The Citadel & Mercer picked up a win in the third game of their series. The Spartans entered their series with Samford winless and picked up a series win going 2-1 versus the Samford Bulldogs.

Sunday's scores:
Western Carolina 0 - The Citadel 3
Wofford 10 -  Mercer 12
VMI 4  -  ETSU  10
Samford  1  -  UNCG 11

The standings after Sunday's games:
1. Wofford (8-1)
2. Mercer (7-2)
3. ETSU (6-3)
4. Samford (5-4)
5. Western Carolina (3-6)
5. VMI (3-6)
7. Citadel (2-7)
7. UNCG (2-7)




On The Road to Greenville...... 



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Baseball: at The Citadel


The Cats return to the road after a 4-game homestand and travel to the South Carolina low country to face the Bulldogs of The Citadel. The Bulldogs are currently tied for 6th place in the conference with the Catamounts, both teams coming in at 1-5 conference records.


Who: The Citadel
When: Friday - Sunday (April 22 - 24)
Time: 5:00 pm; 5:00, 2:00 pm
Where: Riley Park, Charleston, SC
Radio: Citadel Radio (FM 94.7 The Zone)
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: Citadel live stats
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue and White

The Series: The Cats own a 94-68 record against the Bulldogs and are 35-40 in games played in Charleston. The Cats have won the last 6 games played against the Bulldogs, and are 9-2 in the last 11 games played.

Head Coach: Tony Skole, enters his fifth season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Skole was officially announced as the head coach at The Citadel on June 8, 2017. He enters the 2021 season with 619 career wins as a head coach, including 524 wins at the Division I level. In returning to his alma mater, Skole has been tasked with returning the Bulldog program back to one of the top teams in the Southern Conference and restoring the Bulldog’s Championship Tradition. Solidifying his program’s foundation has been his immediate priority, and this began with reestablishing the brand of Citadel Baseball.

Skole's record vs. WCU: 4-13
Moranda's record vs. the Citadel: 29-14

Citadel's 2022 record: 19-15 overall, 17-7 home, 2-8 away, 0-0 neutral, 1-5  SoCon
Citadel's 2021 record: 12-39 overall, 10-22 home,  2-17 away, 0-0 neutral, 4-25  SoCon

While the Bulldogs have lost 9 of their last 11 games, they do sport a 17-7 record in games played in Charleston's Riley Park this season and a 2-8 record in games played on the road (both conference series thus far were played on the road for the Bulldogs). This will be a difficult team to beat in Riley Park.  




Monday, April 18, 2022

Midweek Baseball: Gardner-Webb


After a series loss to Samford, the Catamounts remain in Cullowhee for a midweek game against Big South Conference foe Gardner-Webb.   


Who: Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs
When: Tuesday (April 19)
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: WCU live stats
Nickname: Runnin' Bulldogs
Colors: Scarlet and black
Conference: Big South Conference

The Series: The Cats own a 17-9-1 record against the Runnin' Bulldogs and are 8-5-1 in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats have won the last three games in the series, breaking a 4-game skid against the Bulldogs.

Head Coach: Jim Chester is in his third year as the head coach of the Gardner-Webb baseball team after taking over the program in June 2019. Chester led Gardner-Webb to 29 wins in 2021, his first full season at the helm. That included a 27-13 mark and a tie for second place in the Big South Conference standings, Gardner-Webb's highest finish ever since joining the league prior to the 2009 season. 

Chester's record vs. WCU: 0-2
Moranda's record vs. GWU: 10-5-1

GWU's 2022 record: 13-23 overall, 11-13 home, 2-10 away, 0-0 neutral, 4-8 Big South
GWU's 2021 record: 29-23 overall, 16-9 home, 12-12 away, 1-2 neutral, 27-13 Big South

The Runnin' Bulldogs were picked 5th in the 11-team Big South preseason poll. GWU is coming off a series win over Winthrop in Boiling Springs, however, the Dogs have lost 7 of their last 10 games.  The team is hitting an average of .243 over 36 games.





Wednesday, April 13, 2022

WCU Baseball: vs. Samford Bulldogs


After a rain-out against Asheville on Tuesday, the Catamounts return home to host their second conference series, this time against the Samford Bulldogs. While three teams have perfect 3-0 records in conference play, the Bulldogs are the only team sporting a 2-1 record.  


Who: Samford Bulldogs
When: Thursday - Saturday (April 14 - 16)
Time: 5:00 pm; 5:00, 2:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: WCU live stats
Nickname: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue and Red

The Series: The Cats own a 19-26 record against the Bulldogs and are 12-6 in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats are 2-10 in the last 12 games played between the two teams. 

Head Coach: Tony David, a long-time associate head coach at Samford, enters his first season as the program's head coach. David served on the Samford staff for the past 17 seasons, including the last 16 as associate head coach. David also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator from 2005 to 2017.

David's record vs. WCU: 0-0
Moranda's record vs. Samford: 19-26

Samford's 2022 record: 15-15 overall, 10-7 home, 5-8 away, 0-0 neutral,2-1 SoCon
Samford's 2021 record: 35-24 overall, 20-5 home, 12-17 away, 3-1 neutral, 20-10  SoCon

In preseason polls, the Bulldogs were picked 3rd by the media and 6th by the coaches. Samford junior third baseman Will David was named to the first-team all-conference roster, while catcher Kaden Dreier earned second-team honors.  The Bulldogs come to Cullowhee riding 4 losses out of the last 6 games, however, those two wins against VMI last weekend gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 conference record, good enough for 4th place in the early conference standings.  



...on the Road to Greenville




SoCon Baseball (2nd Week conf. play update #2)


This weekend the Southern Conference moves into week number two of conference play on Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April  16, 2022.

This weekend's action has:

#4 Samford  at  #6 Western Carolina  at 5 pm
#1 ETSU  at  #1 Wofford at 6 pm
#6 The Citadel  at  #5 VMI  at 6 pm
#1 Mercer  at  #6 UNCG  at 6 pm

The premier series of the weekend has two unbeaten teams in conference play facing each other in Spartanburg as the Bucs remain on the road to face Wofford. Another big series has a military flair as the Citadel travels to Lexington to face the Keydets. 

Currently, after week #1, the standings are:
1. Mercer    3-0
1. Wofford   3-0
1. ETSU      3-0
4. Samford  2-1
5. VMI         1-2
6. Western  0-3
6..Citadel    0-3
6. UNCG     0-3

***Thursday Update***

The Thursday series of conference games left two teams undefeated in conference play (Mercer & Wofford) as well as, two teams with no conference wins (the Citadel & UNCG).  Today's winners were Western Carolina, Mercer, Wofford, and VMI.  In the clash of the unbeaten, Wofford pulled off a narrow 5-3 win over the Bucs. In the military classic, the Kedets protected their home field with a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs. Western Carolina was the only team from the group of three without a conference victory to win today, an 11-8 victory over the Samford Bulldogs. 

Thursday's results:
Samford 8  at  Western Carolina  11
ETSU  3 at  Wofford 5
The Citadel 2 at  VMI 5
Mercer 12 at  UNCG  8

The standings after game 1:
1. Mercer      4-0
1. Wofford    4-0
3. ETSU       3-1
4. Samford   2-2
5. VMI          2-2
6. Western   1-3
7. Citadel     0-4
7. UNCG      0-4


***Friday Update***

Mercer and Wofford both continued their undefeated string in conference play, while VMI took their second win of the series with the Citadel for the series win.  Samford topped Western Carolina for a series split. At this point, we have two undefeated teams and two teams without a conference win.  

Friday's results:
Samford 7  at  Western Carolina  4
ETSU  2 at  Wofford 13
The Citadel 2 at  VMI 5
Mercer 5 at  UNCG  4

The standings after game 2:
1. Mercer      5-0
1. Wofford    5-0
3. ETSU       3-2
3. Samford   3-2
3. VMI          3-2
6. Western   1-4
7. Citadel     0-5
7. UNCG      0-5


The Road to Greenville...... 



Thursday, April 7, 2022

SoCon Baseball (1st Weekend of conference play - updated)


This weekend the Southern Conference kicks off conference play on Friday, April 8, 2022.

This weekend's action has:

#3 ETSU  at  #6 Western Carolina
#8 VMI  at  #5 Samford
#4 The Citadel  at  #1 Mercer
#6 UNCG  at  #2 Wofford

Currently, the standings are:
1. Mercer 24-5
2. Wofford 21-9
3. ETSU 17-8
4. Citadel 17-10
5. Samford 13-13
6. Western 14-15
6.. UNCG 14-15
8. VMI 9-21

***Friday Update***
In Friday's games, ETSU, Mercer, Wofford, and Samford were all winners on the first day of conference play. In all four games, the higher-ranked (based on out-of-conference games) were the winners, with three of the four home teams capturing wins, the exception being Western Carolina. All eight teams will resume their conference play on Saturday. 

ETSU 6  at  Western Carolina 3
VMI 3  at  Samford 4
The Citadel 2  at  Mercer 8
UNCG 0  at  Wofford 7

The standings after day 1 of SoCon play:
1. ETSU  (1-0)
1. Samford (1-0)
1. Mercer (1-0)
1. Wofford (1-0)
5. WCU (0-1)
5. VMI (0-1)
5. Citadel (0-1)
5/ UNCG (0-1)


***Saturday Update***

In Saturday's games, ETSU, Mercer, Wofford, and Samford all sealed series wins in Saturday's game. Three of the four home teams picked up a win, as did ETSU visiting Western Carolina.  


***Sunday Update***

In Sunday's games, ETSU, Mercer, Wofford, and VMI were winners.  ETSU swept WCU, Mercer swept the Citadel, and Wofford swept UNCG. Samford did win their series with VMI but dropped the final game, 1-0 to the Keydets.  We now have 3 teams with a perfect 3-0 conference record (ETSU, Mercer, and Wofford), as well as three teams with 0-3 records in conference play (Western Carolina, the Citadel, and UNCG). Samford has a 2-1 record, while VMI is 1-2 thus far in conference play.

Currently, the standings are:
1. Mercer 3-0
1. Wofford 3-0
1. ETSU 3-0
4. Samford  2-1
5. VMI  1-2
6. Western 0-3
6..Citadel  0-3
6. UNCG 0-3

Next weekend's games (Thursday - Saturday) will feature two unbeaten teams (ETSU at Wofford), as well as Samford at Western, the military classic with the Citadel at VMI, and Mercer at UNCG.



The Road to Greenville...... 






Wednesday, April 6, 2022

ETSU comes to Cullowhee

The Catamounts open conference play against the ETSU Bucs in Cullowhee. The Bucs are having a very good year coming into the series at 17-9 overall. 



Who: ETSU
When: Friday - Sunday (April 8 - 10)
Time: 5:00 pm; 3:00, 1:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: WCU live stats
Nickname: Bucs
Colors: Navy Blue and Gold

The Series: The Cats own a 46-29 record against the Bucs and are 36-22 in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats are 1-5 in the last 6 played.

Head Coach: On July 10, 2017, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that former Stony Brook associate head coach Joe Pennucci has been named the new head coach of the Buccaneers baseball program. Through four seasons at the helm, Pennucci owns a 98-74 record. Last season, the ETSU concluded with a 24-25 record and a 13-16 mark in league play. The Bucs had a 12-3 record in 2020 before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pennucci 's record vs. WCU: 5-8
Moranda's record vs. ETSU: 12-12

ETSU's 2022 record: 17-8 overall, 15-3 home, 2-5 away, 0-0 neutral, 0-0 SoCon
ETSU's 2021 record: 24-25 overall, 15-11 home, 9-14 away, 0-0 neutral, 13-16  SoCon

The Bucs come to Cullowhee sporting a 17-8 record but are just off a 3-game sweep by Baylor University of the Big XII in Waco, Texas. The Bucs were picked just behind WCU in both preseason polls – fourth in the coaches' preseason tabulation and fifth from the voting media with the Catamounts tabbed third and fourth, respectively. ETSU put three players on the preseason All-SoCon team highlighted by SoCon Preseason Pitcher of the Year in Saturday starter, senior LHP Colby Stuart on the first team. He was joined by classmate Bryce Hodges on the first team with shortstop Ashton King finishing behind WCU's Pascanel Ferreras in the voting.

Projected Starting Pitcher Match-ups:

Friday, April 8 | 5:00 p.m. 
Probable Starters:
Western Carolina – RHP Zebby Matthews (1-5, 5.74 ERA, 42.1 IP, 54K, 9BB)
ETSU – RHP Zach Kirby (2-0, 2.28 ERA, 27.2 IP, 24K, 11BB)

Saturday, April 9 | 3:00 p.m. 
Probable Starters:
Western Carolina – LHP Dylan Wheeler (0-1, 5.19 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6K, 4BB)
ETSU – LHP Colby Stuart (3-0, 5.52 ERA, 31.0 IP, 24K, 15BB)

Sunday, April 10 | 1:00 p.m.
Probable Starters:
Western Carolina – RHP Gavin Mortenson (2-3, 3.75 ERA, 36.0 IP, 29K, 10BB)
ETSU – RHP Hunter Loyd (3-1, 1.34 ERA, 33.2 IP, 47K, 11BB)





Monday, April 4, 2022

WCU athletics this week (4-10 April

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations


 

vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs


After a seven-game road swing, the Catamounts return to Cullowhee for a midweek game against Big South foe Gardner-Webb and the final warm-up for the Cats before conference play tips off this weekend for the Cats


Who: Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs
When: Wednesday (April 6)
Time: 4:00 pm
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/Video: none
Live Stats: WCU live stats
Nickname: Runnin' Bulldogs
Colors: Scarlet and black
Conference: Big South Conference

The Series: The Cats own a 16-9-1 record against the Runnin' Bulldogs and are 7-5-1 in games played in Cullowhee. The Cats have won the last two games in the series, breaking a 4 game skid against the Bulldogs.

Head Coach: Jim Chester is in his third year as the head coach of the Gardner-Webb baseball team after taking over the program in June 2019. Chester led Gardner-Webb to 29 wins in 2021, his first full season at the helm. That included a 27-13 mark and a tie for second place in the Big South Conference standings, Gardner-Webb's highest finish ever since joining the league prior to the 2009 season. 

Chester's record vs. WCU: 0-1
Moranda's record vs. GWU: 9-5-1

GWU's 2022 record: 10-18 overall, 9-11 home, 1-7 away, 0-0 neutral, 1-5 Big South
GWU's 2021 record: 29-23 overall, 16-9 home, 12-12 away, 1-2 neutral, 27-13 Big South

The Runnin' Bulldogs were picked 5th in the 11 team Big South preseason poll. GWU is coming off a three-game sweep in Boiling Springs by Campbell and the Dogs have lost 8 of their last 9 games.  The team is hitting an average of .236 over 29 games





Thursday, March 31, 2022

Xavier University Musketeers



The Catamounts continue their 7 game road trip, traveling to Cincinnati to face the Xavier Musketeers in a three-game weekend series. 


Who:  Xavier University Musketeers
Where: Hayden Field, Cincinnati, OH
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday (April 1-3)
Time: Fri - 5:00; Sat - 2:00 pm; Sun - 1:00 pm
Radio: Cougar All Access
TV/Video: Game 1 (no video), Games 2 & 3 on FloSports (pay service)
Live Stats: Xavier live stats
Nickname: Musketeers
Mascot: D'Artagnan the Musketeer
Colors: Navy Blue, White, & Silver
Conference: Big East

The Series: The two teams met in a three-game series in Cullowhee in 2007. The Cats won the series 2-1.

Head Coach: Billy O'Conner was named the seventh head coach of the Xavier baseball program in June of 2017 after a decorated playing career and six years on the staff as an assistant. In his first four seasons, O'Conner led Xavier to an overall record of 80-102 with a 34-26 mark in BIG EAST play.

Xavier's 2022 record: 13-13 overall, 3-0 home, 10-10 away, 0-3 neutral, 0-0 conference
Xavier's 2021 record: 28-26 overall, 13-8 home, 12-16 away, 3-2 neutral, 15-11 conference

The Musketeers were picked third in the Big East following last season's runners-up performance in the BIG EAST Tournament.  Four Musketeers earned a spot on the preseason All-Big East squad. Catcher Jerry Huntzinger, infielders Luke Franzoni and Jack Housinger, and outfielder Andrew Walker each earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team.

Xavier is coming into the game riding a 6 game win streak, most recently sweeping Cincinnati in a four-game series.  The Musketeers have won 8 of their last 9 games, while the Cats are on a 2 game skid, losing 4 of their last 6 games, most recently dominated by the number 1 Tennessee Volunteers.  

Game one will be played at Prasco Park in Mason, OH, with games 2 & 3 at  Hayden Field on the campus of Xavier.  




Wednesday, March 30, 2022