CLEMSON, S.C. — Starmount alumni and Western Carolina pitcher Dylan Bray lead his team to the Southern Conference Baseball Championship on Sunday night. Unfortunately, Clemson handed the Catamounts a 15-3 defeat in a NCAA Regional elimination game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Bray was saddled with the loss in the starting role, surrendering six runs — five earned — on six hits, countering six hits with three strikeouts. The Starmount alumni was the first of five Catamount pitchers to toe the rubber with all but one pitching as an underclassman. Bray and the Catamounts ended their season with a 31-31 overall record.
Before moving on to Western, Bray was a left-handed pitcher and first baseman at Starmount where he helped lead the Rams to a MVAC title. As a junior, Bray compiled a .284 batting average with three homeruns, five doubles and 13 runs while also tossing 56.2 innings and allowing just 16 earned runs. Bray finished his time at Starmount with 85 strikeouts with a 1.98 ERA.
At Western, Bray was redshirted as a freshman where he made four appearances on the mound as a relief pitcher. As a sophomore, Bray made 10 appearances for the Catamounts, including three starts. He pitched 17.2 innings where he earned 16 strikeouts and 13 walks. On April 21, 2015, Bray struck out a career-high five batters in three innings against Appalachian State. A goal he beat this season as he struck out six batters.