It's 37 days until first pitch at Hennon Stadium against Washington State.
While we're waiting, let's get to know this year's team and meet the sophomores.
#6 Bryce Danielson
Class: RS Sophomore Hometown: Etowah, N.C. High School: West Henderson HS Last College: Wingate Height / Weight: 6-1 / 165 Position: LHP B/T: L/L
2012 (Sophomore): Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules; Summer League: Played for the Forest City Owls in the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2012 ... Made 13 appearances including three starts, posting a 1-1 overall record with one save ... Finished with a 3.56 ERA through 30.1 innings pitched, surrendering 17 runs with 12 earned on 27 hits - only five going for extra bases ... Recorded 22 strikeouts against 28 walks.
Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred from Wingate to WCU prior to the fall of 2011 At Wingate: Posted a 6.35 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Bulldogs, finishing with a 3-1 record ... Tossed 17.0 innings, fanning 15 against nine walks; At West Henderson HS: Was a two-time all-conference selection his sophomore and senior years, missing his junior year due to Tommy John surgery ... Hit .325 as a senior in high school ... Also lettered in football as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Jonathan Bryce Danielson ... Is the son of Rob and Beverly Danielson ... Has one younger sibling, Chandler.
Courtesy WCU Sports Information
"Go Cats" - in honor of Catamount man / Pickins
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” —Thomas Jefferson
An unknown quantity... perhaps Danielson could be a real sleeper for us.
I talked with a guy from the West Henderson area early in 2012 and he said Bryce is a great pitcher. Didn't set the woods on fire down at Wingate. And his negative K/BB ratio this summer in the Coastal Plain League was not impressive.
But getting back closer to home might bring new inspiration. Apparently he WANTS to be at Western!