Bowman aims to take Catamounts to NCAA Tournament

This week's Game Changer is a young man who hopes to lead the Western Carolina baseball team back to the NCAA Tournament.

Bryson Bowman is one of the most dangerous hitters in the Southern Conference. He led the Catamounts by crushing 19 home runs last season. The power is nice, but he also enjoys being just one of the guys.

"Just being able to play with them is fun each and every day. Being able to work hard with them," Bowman said. "I know how hard they work. It's just fun being out here with these guys."

He has very specific goals for his senior season in Cullowhee.

"For us to go to and win a regional and win a regional," Bowman said. "We went to it last year and came up short. We came in third. I feel like we have a good enough team this year. "

He had the chance to leave Western after his junior season because the New York Yankees selected him in the 33rd round of MLB draft.

"Things kept going the right way. It was a great feeling getting drafted," Bowman said. "I can't really explain it. It was surreal."

But after lots of thought and conversations with people he trusts, Bowman decided to come back to Cullowhee for his senior season.

"He's going to be the first male in his family to graduate from college. That's a thing his parents and I talked about, that he and I talked about is very important," WCU baseball coach Bobby Moranda said. "He's getting ready to do that (graduate) very soon."

His leadership with his teammates is something that coach Moranda does not take for granted.

"Great leader, great teammate, worker," he said. "I mean, if you come to our practice, he's non-stop. He goes all the time."

The next game for Bowman and the Catamounts will be Friday, March 3 at East Carolina.

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