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Red hot Catamounts' baseball team keeps rolling

Not even the loss of their Iron Man could slow down the Western Carolina baseball team.

The Catamounts (20-9, 8-1) stretched their winning streak to nine games and continued their domination of the Southern Conference with a weekend sweep of three close games at UNC Greensboro. Continued.....

Bobby Moranda


Head Coach

Bobby Moranda was officially introduced as the 10th different head baseball coach at Western Carolina on July 19, 2007. The former Georgia Tech associate head coach brings over 26 years of coaching experience - 18 of which comes from schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference - to WCU.

"Bobby Moranda is one of the most dynamic coaches in college baseball. He has been an important part of successful programs at such schools as Virginia, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech," said Western Athletics Director Chip Smith. "His career includes numerous conference championships and appearances in the NCAA post-season play, including two College World Series berths. We are very excited that Bobby, his wife Pamela and their family will be part of Catamount Athletics and Western Carolina University."

In six seasons at Western Carolina, Moranda has already posted signature victories over fourth-ranked Georgia Tech in the Yellow Jackets first-ever trip to Cullowhee, as well as over 24th-ranked Southern California (USC) on the program's first-ever trip to California. WCU has also secured road wins over nationally-ranked Clemson and twice at Tennessee -- sweeping the Tigers in the 2012 regular season marking the first single-season sweep in Catamount history.


Alan Beck


Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Western Carolina alum Alan Beck returned to Cullowhee in mid-July, 2008 to join Bobby Moranda's staff working primarily with the Catamount hitters, as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator.

It is the second-time that the Hudson, N.C., native has coached in Cullowhee. He was on staff as a graduate assistant for two seasons from 2004 and `05.

Beck returned to Western after having served as the first-ever Director of Baseball Operations under former Catamount skipper, Todd Raleigh, at the University of Tennessee. His primary responsibilities at Tennessee included managing all baseball camps, oversight of student managers, serving as an academic liaison and assistance with on-campus recruiting.


Bruce Johnson


Assistant Coach

Bruce Johnson, who graduated from Western Carolina University in 2009, is set to return for his fourth season on staff in Cullowhee, joining as a full-time member after two seasons as the Volunteer Assistant Coach. Johnson spent the summer of 2011 coaching the Wilson Tobs of the collegiate wooden-bat Coastal Plains League.

Johnson came to WCU as an undergraduate transfer and served as both an undergraduate and volunteer assistant coach for Coach Moranda and staff over the past four years, serving as the first base coach.

Prior to making the move to Cullowhee, Johnson spent one year playing baseball at South Atlantic Conference-member, Newberry College in South Carolina and most at Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C. As a true freshman at Newberry, Johnson hit .200 with a pair of doubles and a home run with eight RBI in 27 games.


Dykota Spiess


Volunteer Assistant Coach

Joined the Catamount Baseball coaching staff in the fall of 2014 serving as the program's volunteer coach.

Career: Finished his career with a .261 batting average, finishing with 41 doubles and 16 home runs ... Drove in 85 runs during his four-year career, playing in 187 career games with 144 career starts ... Was hit by a pitch 27 times to rank 15th in program history.

2014 (Senior): Played in 47 of the team's 55 games including 46 starts, 32 in left field and 14 in right field ... Recorded a career-best .287 seasonal batting average, finishing with a career-high 50 hits in 174 at bats including 11 doubles and five home runs ... Finished the year 11-for-15 (.733) with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... Recorded 30 RBI on the season including seven with two outs ... Tallied 12 multi-hit games including eight, two-hit games with eight multiple RBI games ... Walked 22 times against 39 strikeouts ... Put together a career-long, nine-game hitting streak in mid-February through early March, tallying five multi-hit games during the streak ... Collected a career-high four hits in a perfect 4-for-4 outing in a win at Washington State (Feb. 21) ... Tallied a season-high three RBI on a three-run home run in the series-finale against La Salle (March 2) ... Battled a rib cage injury that hampered and sidelined him in late March, early April ... Homered and doubled in a home loss against East Tennessee State (March 19) ... Drove home the game-winning run on an eighth inning double to right center field in the game one win over The Citadel (April 20) ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.


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