Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sammon named Freshman All-American

Western Carolina's Bryan Sammons was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team as selected and announced Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The left-hander pitched in 21 games for WCU this season compiling a 7-2 record with a pair of saves. Sammons was also named to  the Southern Conference All-Freshman team.

Sammons is the sixth WCU freshman player honored all-time.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., Sammons ranked fourth on the Catamount squad with 60 innings pitched. Moving into the weekend starting role at mid season, the southpaw made 10 starts among his 21 seasonal appearances with an ERA of 4.50. He recorded 57 strikeouts including a career-high seven in three different outings – home wins over UNC Asheville and Davidson and in a defeat to Furman.

In his Western Carolina debut, Sammons recorded 2/3 of an inning to earn his first collegiate save in the season-opening victory over No. 2 Mississippi State. He secured the final two outs in the nail-biting bottom of the ninth inning, inducing a ground ball out to short to ice the Catamount victory.

Two games later, he picked up his first career victory in a home shutout of Winthrop, striking out three in three innings of one-hit, shutout relief. Sammons made his starting debut with five solid innings in WCU’s convincing, 18-10, victory over No. 15 Clemson, pitching around four walks with five strikeouts surrendering four runs – three of which were unearned – on six hits. He tossed a career-long 7 2/3 innings in the starting role in a nonconference win over UNC Asheville.


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