CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina left-handed pitcher Bryan Sammons has been enjoying an outstanding start to his final season as a college baseball player and was named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. It is the first national honor for the southpaw hurler, who has a couple of weekly awards from the Southern Conference this spring.
Sammons is the ninth different Catamount since 2002 to earn a national weekly honor. All told, Collegiate Baseball recognized six players across the country this week with its national weekly award. Sammons was one of two pitchers from the Southern Conference recognized, joined by VMI righty Josh Winder, who struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout victory over Samford last Friday, tallying his third-straight complete game.
The former Hoggard High School standout and winning pitcher for the Y-D Red Sox in 2016 Cape Cod League Championship struck out a career-high 14 batters in last Friday’s 4-3 walk-off victory over The Citadel. His 14 K’s surpassed his previous career high of 10 established back in 2015 against Samford in the Southern Conference Tournament.
Sammons struck out the side in the first inning last Friday with all three strikeouts looking. In fact, five of his first six outs recorded in the game were strikeouts, four of which were backwards. He recorded a strikeout in all but one inning he worked, fanning two-or-more in five of the eight frames in which he took the mound.
Entering Friday’s start against East Tennessee State, Sammons ranked fourth in the SoCon with a 2.84 earned run average, having tossed the second-most innings in the league this spring with 50.2. He’s fourth among all league hurlers with both 53 strikeouts, including 20 looking.
In Western Carolina’s career record books, Sammons holds sole possession of eighth-place for career victories with 23. Currently, he is the winningest active pitcher in the SoCon. He has made 49 career starts, fourth in Catamounts history.
Sammons additionally moved into fifth-place in school history with 277 career strikeouts, supplanting former hurler – and current Chicago Cubs farm hand – Jeremy Null (265, 2012-15).