FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Cullowhee, N.C. – The Western Carolina Catamount baseball team will wrap-up its annual fall drills with a three-game, intra-squad scrimmage set in the Fall World Series beginning Thursday (Nov. 6) and continuing Friday and Saturday.
Game times on Thursday and Friday are 4:15 pm, with first pitch in Saturday’s finale set for 11:15 am. All games are free and are open to the public.
“Playing a three-game series within our team is a great way to finish up our off-season practices. The competition among our players, as well as the chance to see our guys in live game-like situations, will go a long way in helping us prepare for the 2009 season,” said second-year head coach Bobby Moranda. “We want to see all of our pitching against live hitting, while also gauging our progress thus far this fall for all of our players.”
The Catamounts have worked through the NCAA-regulated period of 45 days in which the team can have up to 30 practice dates during the off-season. In addition to on-campus workouts, the team also held a pair of successful clinic / scrimmage sessions in both Waynesville and Franklin.
Western Carolina will open its 2009 season with a three-game, non-conference set against first-time opponent, Bowling Green, in Cullowhee on Friday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 22.
WCU Baseball Honors Hall of Fame Inductee, Jason Beverlin
Last weekend, as Western Carolina paused to honor five of its former student-athletes by inducting them into the Athletics Hall of Fame, the Catamount baseball team helped honor one of its own. Former pitching great, Jason Beverlin, was inducted into WCU’s Hall of Fame last weekend becoming one of 16 Hall members with ties to the Catamount baseball program.
Jason Beverlin Induction / Baseball Photo Gallery
“It was awesome to see (Jason) Beverlin’s passion for our program as he spoke both during the Hall of Fame induction and to our team,” said Moranda. “The opportunity he received from no one recruiting him out of Michigan, to his historic career here at Western and in the big leagues. It is an honor to be able to call him one of our own.”
In conjunction with the Hall of Fame weekend, WCU Baseball welcomed home nearly 40 alum with an alumni golf tournament on Friday and a special reception on Saturday at the WCU-UTC football game.
Moranda added, “It was also special to see all of our alum, including former coach Todd Raleigh and his assistant Bradley LeCroy. Their legacy left here and their impact on this program will always be remembered in such a positive light.”