We will highlight them by class, starting with the seniors and ending with the brand new freshmen Catamounts.
#21 Zach Franklin
POSITION Right-Handed Pitcher
CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN Marion, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL McDowell HS
2019 (Sophomore): Made seven appearances, six in relief with one start all before being sidelined with a throwing arm injury … Is expected to apply for a medical redshirt … Posted a 2-1 record with a 4.00 ERA prior to injury, striking out 32 against 15 walks with four hit batters … Struck out a season-high six three times including against Oakland (Feb. 16), Elon (March 15), and at ETSU (March 22) … Recorded 36 ground ball outs and 30 fly ball outs … Limited Oakland to one hit over 5.1 innings with six strikeouts in recording his first win of the year … Matched a career-long with seven relief innings in scoring a home win over Elon (March 15) ... Named to the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
2018 (Freshman): Made 23 appearances including 20 out of the bullpen with three starts … Finished with a 1-4 overall record with a 3.23 ERA and three saves … Pitched a combined 47.1 innings … Recorded 50 strikeouts against 24 walks, surrendering 49 hits with just 12 going for extra bases – eight doubles and four home runs … Limited the opposition to a .254 batting average against … Made his collegiate debut in a weekend start at East Carolina (Feb. 18) … Struck out a career-high seven in his second career start against Canisius (Feb. 24) … Earned his first career save in striking out two in an inning of relief out of the bullpen in the victory over The Citadel (March 24) … Collected his second career save in tossing 2.1 innings in game one of a doubleheader against Samford (May 12) … Saved WCU’s first win in the 2018 Southern Conference tournament, tossing a perfect ninth against The Citadel (May 22) that started WCU’s postseason run … Tossed a career-long 7.0 innings in just his third career start in the SoCon Tournament with the Catamounts facing elimination against ETSU (May 25), matching his career-high with seven strikeouts in securing his first collegiate victory … Named to the 2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: A Western North Carolina product that was the Mountain Athletic Conference (MAC) 4A/3A Pitcher of the Year as a junior ... Posted a 4-4 record with two saves, tossing a no-hitter in a tough-luck loss to A.C. Reynolds ... Finished his junior year with a 1.53 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 59.1 innings while limiting opponents to a .170 batting average ... Earned a spot on the District 8 PowerAde State Games team.
Personal: Full name is Zach Aaron Franklin ... Is the son of Holly and Jody Franklin ... Has an older sister.
Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations