Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Up Next: Samford

The league-leading Samford Bulldogs travel to Cullowhee for the only three-game series this season with the Catamounts. The Bulldogs lead the blue division and the league in conference wins with an 11-1 record. The Bulldogs like the Cats are coming off a mid-week loss to an SEC opponent.  

When: Friday & Saturday (DH), April 16 & 17, 2021, at 5:00 pm 
Where: Hennon Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: none
TV/video:  ESPN+
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Head CoachCasey Dunn - head coach at Samford since 2004 -
Dunn's Record at Samford:  519-209 Career Record (17th season) 
Alma Mater: Auburn 

Bobby Moranda's record vs. Samford: 17-23
Casey Dunns record vs. WCU:   23-17
2021 Samford Baseball Record: 21-12 overall, 11-1 SoCon, 19-3 home, 6-9 away, 0-0 neutral
2020 Samford Baseball Record: 13-2 overall, 0-0 conf., 8-0 home, 3-1 away, 2-1 neutral

The Series: The Cats are 17-23 overall against Samford, and have lost the last five games played against the Bulldogs. The Cats last win occurred in May 2018 in Cullowhee, a 10-9 victory.  The Cats are 10-5 in games played in Cullowhee vs. the Bulldogs.  

Picked by both the coaches and media polls in preseason  #1, the Bulldogs had 7 players on the 1st and 2d all-conference teams, while Samford junior second baseman Brooks Carlson was named the Southern Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year.  Carlson batted .500 (25-of-50) in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. 

The Bulldogs swept a three-game series with The Citadel over the weekend, but dropped a mid-week game versus Alabama on Tuesday night, 3-19.  

Samford players are in the top five in the Southern Conference in several statistical categories. Samford players rank in the top five in the league in hits (Max Pinto-4th--38), home runs (Sonny DiChiara-T-2nd--8), walks (Sonny DiChiara-1st--31), stolen bases (Max Pinto-T-1st--14), total plate appearances (Sonny DiChiara-3rd--142), batters struck out (Jesse McCord-4th--52), wins (Carson Cupo-T-3rd--4), saves (Chase Isbell-T-1st--5), appearances (Carson Cupo-1st--17), games finished (Chase Isbell-1st--14), games in relief (Carson Cupo-1st--17) and fewest walks allowed (Samuel Strickland-T3rd--8).