WCU hosts UNCA Tuesday before visiting UNCG in league play
WCU hosts Wofford in Southern Conference play
Junior RHP recognized by NCAA and NCBWA for his season-opening performance
No. 29 Catamounts visit Appalachian State
2006: Finished the season with a career-best .352 batting average to rank second on the team, posting 86 hits in 244 at bats with 25 walks ... Kept his batting average above the .300 mark over the final 42 games of the season - reached a low of .300 and a high of .352 during that same span ... Led the Southern Conference with 68 runs scored ... Ranked 30th in the nation in runs scored per game, averaging 1.15 ... Tallied 23 mulitple hit games including racking up three-or-more hits on nine seperate occasions ... Ended the season with a 19-game hitting streak and had posted a hit in 24 of his last 25 games played ... During the 19-game streak, tallied two-or-more hits nine times ... Hit .423 with 10 doubles over those last 25 games, raising his batting average 52 points over that same span ... Hit .500 (29-of-58) as the lead-off hitter and was .398 (47-of-118) with runners on base ... Was a preseason second team All-SoCon pick by the coaches entering his second season.
2005: Ranked second on the team with a .341 batting average for the season, but batted a team-best .355 in SoCon games ... Ended the season with a seven game hitting streak, including a 4-for-4 game with four RBI in the series finale versus Elon, batting .458 (11-for-24) over the seven games ... Also had a hit in eight of his last nine games, batting .433 over the span (13-for-30) ... Drew 11 walks and was hit by three pitches for a total of 14 free passes over his last 15 games ... Was only batting .067 (1-for-15) through the first four games ... Went 1-for-7 in WCU's win over New Mexico, which did not seem like much at the time ... However, that started an 11-game hitting streak ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored versus #7 Rice ... Best game during his 11-game streak was a 4-for-5 performance with two RBI versus Georgia State ... Followed that performance with a 3-for-5 outing versus App State, adding two RBI and a run scored ... Was 2-for-3 with three RBI in a series opening win over The Citadel ... Accounted for five of WCU's 10 runs in a 10-9 win over The Citadel, going 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored ... Was 2-for-6 with a run scored in WCU's win at #1 Georgia Tech ... Followed that by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored versus Brown ... In the second game at Davidson, went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored ... In that game, hit a home run and hit a leadoff double to start a six-run ninth to give WCU a 13-11 win ... Had three hits in the Davidson finale ... Had a three-hit game in WCU's 4-3 loss to East Tennessee State, getting a single, double and triple ... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI in a win over Georgia Southern ... In the Elon finale, helped WCU sweep by going 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, including a double and home run ... After missing three games due to a stress fracture on his foot, returned to the lineup for the SoCon Tournament, going 2-for-3 in an opening-round win versus The Citadel.
PRIOR TO WESTERN: Named Gwinnett County's Hitter of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Also tabbed Gwinnett Daily Post Co-Player of the Year ... Batted .487 (three hits shy of .500) with 41 RBI for a Parkview team which advanced to the 5A state semifinals ... Set a school record with 23 stolen bases ... Played for Team Georgia in the Sun Belt Classic ... As a junior, batted .430 ... Led team to a 48-15 record over his final two years, including a 36-11 mark as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born Barrett C. Shaft in Lawrenceville, Ga. ... Son of Norm and Chesie Shaft.