2019 (Junior): Made 19 appearances including five starts and 14 out of the bullpen … Tossed 57.0 innings compiling a 1-4 overall record and a 5.05 ERA … Struck out 48 batters against 25 walks with seven HBPs … Tallied strikeouts in 18 of his 19 appearances including recording three-or-more strikeouts in 10 of his 19 appearances … His WCU debut came in a starting role against Indiana State (Feb. 26), tossing 2.2 innings with a walk and a strikeout … Scored his first victory with the Catamounts in a six-inning relief effort at UNC Asheville (March 6), striking out a career-high six in a one-run, four-hit appearance … Struck out five in a five-inning start at Mercer (April 13).
Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU from Wabash Valley College prior to Fall 2018 ... Made 10 appearances including six starts last season for WVC, finishing with a 1-1 record and a 5.16 ERA ... Tossed 22.2 combined innings, striking out 19 against 11 walks while limiting opponents to a .276 batting average against ... Originally attended Kent State out of high school, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.54 ERA in 11.2 innings in 2017 ... Struck out 10 while walking just two as a freshman ... High School: Posted a 2.73 ERA as a senior and was named a preseason All-American ... Was first-team All-State as a junior after batting .330 and posting a 1.71 ERA on the mound for the Moeller High team that went 31-31-3 and won the state championship ... Played for the Cincy Flames travel team.
Personal: Full name is Joe Eli Vranesic ... Is the son of Patty and Tom Vranesic ... Has an older brother, Jake.
Career Game Highs:
- Innings Pitched: 6.1, WOFFORD (4/7/19)
- Strikeouts: 6, at UNC Asheville (3/6/19)
- Walks: 4, twice (MR: ELON, 3/17/19)