There is nothing like the start of college baseball season and these first two weeks of the season have already been an experience. Appalachian State is located in the mountains of western North Carolina, which means we are still experiencing every bit of the winter weather. That causes us to have to play a majority of our early-season games on the road much like schools located up north. It seems as if we have been on a bus for weeks with our first 11 games having been away from home. It has been a grind and we as a team are still trying to find our way, but we are fighting hard and have stuck together through all the trials and frustrations. We trust in our preparation and trust in the guys around us and we are so close to fully realizing what this team can be. We believe in each other, know the talent that we possess as a team and are competing to win in all three phases of the game (pitching, hitting and defense). Continue reading
I want to start my first in-season blog by talking about what a great atmosphere playing at the University of Arkansas was. Playing at different SEC parks is always an experience and UA was no different. We faced a high-quality team this weekend that had a front-line pitching staff and took advantage of timely hitting. One thing I will take away from the experience was how well most of the fans treated us throughout the weekend. When you have fans right on top of you in the outfield like that you never know what you are going to get, but they were classy and had some pretty clever things to say, especially the fans out in left field where I was playing. If any of you who were in attendance are readers of the site, I want to say thanks for making this weekend fun and allowing me to play along with all the heckling you guys threw my way. Continue reading
We’ve made it. Game week is finally here and my teammates and I couldn’t be more excited. In only a few days we will boarding a plane and heading to Fayetteville, Ark. to take on the University of Arkansas to open up the 2014 college baseball season. After an offseason where most of the talk consisted of our tough out-of-conference schedule, we are ready for the challenges that we will face throughout the season. Continue reading
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – 2013 regular-season Southern Conference champion Western Carolina has been picked to defend its crown in 2014 in balloting of the league’s media and 10 head coaches.
The Catamounts, who went 39-20 overall and 23-7 in the league last season, picked up seven first-place votes and 78 points from the coaches, who could not vote for their own teams. WCU edged The Citadel, which earned 75 points and the remaining three first-place votes in the coaches’ poll. Western Carolina earned 167 points and 13 first-place votes from the media. Continue reading
There isn’t much to do on a 13-hour car ride back to the mountains of North Carolina. There’s nothing but open road and darkness to trigger deep thoughts and contemplation. It’s times like these when the thoughts we’ve constantly suppressed to the back of our minds seem to surface. Thirteen hours and nothing to do but think, which is something I’ve had a lot of time to do over the past 19 months. Continue reading
The first week of December always means the same thing in college – crunch time. It’s that time of the year where everything you have learned for the entire semester comes down to final exams – or if you’re a journalism major like me, final stories – and you see just how well you can handle pressure. Continue reading
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Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina and seventh-year head coach Bobby Moranda today unveiled the 2014 Catamount baseball schedule that includes nine opponents that won 30-or-more games last spring. WCU’s 56-game slate features a rigorous 27-game Southern Conference slate and five nonconference home-and-home mid-week series, as well as the second west coast trip in program history with a four-game set scheduled for Pullman, Wash., at Washington State. Continue reading
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ELON, N.C. — Coming off of a season in which it won the Southern Conference Tournament and reached an NCAA Regional final, the Elon University baseball program has announced the 56-game schedule that the Phoenix will face this spring. The 2014 slate will include 33 dates at Latham Park, while the maroon and gold will play 10 games against teams that participated in the NCAA tournament a year ago. Season tickets are also now available for purchase. Continue reading
A few weeks ago we held our annual Black vs. Gold World Series here at Appalachian that marked the end to our fall season. The Black team made a statement with a 3-0 sweep of the Gold team, led by World Series MVP, sophomore shortstop Dillon Dobson. You baseball fans are going to want to remember that name because you are going to be hearing it for a long time. Continue reading
Charleston, S.C. – Ten teams which won at least 35 games last season and seven that appeared in the NCAA postseason will be part of The Citadel’s 2014 baseball schedule, head coach Fred Jordan announced on Wednesday.