DUBOIS, Penn. – This entire season Coach Matthew Wolfenbarger has preached to the Owls baseball team to continue the fight even if they find themselves down. In game one of the USCAA Small College World Series, Coach Wolf's words stuck with his team and The W was able to overcome a 7-3 deficit to take Florida National 10-9.
The Owls began the game ahead of the Conquistadors 3-0 with early runs in the first and second inning. Damain Benefield doubled to right field in the first to allow Will Peters to score The W's first run of the game. In the second, Nicholas Brooks hit his first homer of the season for a single RBI and Lukas Murphy scored a run on an error for the early lead.
In the third inning, the Conquistadors scored one run then followed the outing with six runs in the fourth.
The Owls regrouped and shifted the defense. Eiland Cleckler took the mound in the fifth to relief starting pitcher Drew Williams. Cleckler, a freshman from Clanton, Ala., pitched three innings for three strikeouts, three hits against, and one earned run. He improves to 2-1 on the season.
The Owls offense found a second wind in the seventh for four runs and their first world series victory. Brooks hit a double to allow Benefield to score the tying run and Brandon Jones scored the winning run on an error by the third baseman.
At the plate, Peters, Benefield, and Brooks tallied two hits for two RBIs to lead The W offense while Peters and Murphy led the team with two runs each.
"I wouldn't trade any of these guys for anyone," said Coach Wolf. "They were in the game the whole time, from those on the bench to those on the field. They did exactly what I asked them to do; play hard, be loud, and don't get down. Show the world you deserve to be here and represent the university the best way possible. These guys continue to surprise me. Just when I've think I've seen it all with this group, they do something that amazes me. Great job today and great win."
The Owls will be back in action on Monday, May 14 when they take on No.1 seed Cincinnati-Clermont at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST. Follow the game live: HERE.