Baseball Suffers First Loss of the Tournament

David Standifer, Freshman Pitcher; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
David Standifer, Freshman Pitcher; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

DUBOIS, Penn. – The Owls baseball team was unable to make a clean sweep in day one of the USCAA Small College World Series. After taking the first game of the day in a late inning rally, a repeat victory was not in the cards for The W, falling 10-1 to the No. 1 seeded University of Cincinnati – Clermont.

Owls starting pitcher David Standifer led a strong defensive front in the first two innings of the competition with two strikeouts and one hit against to stall the Cougars offense.

In the bottom of the third, The W's fielding wavered to allow two runs on two hits and two errors, giving UC Clermont a 2-0 lead.

The W did not let the runs go unanswered. In the top of the fourth, RJ Cox hit a single to right field, allowing Damain Benefield to score an Owls run.

Despite a fierce effort, The W struggled to mount an effective defensive against the Cougars. UC Clermont continued its scoring run with a run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth, and three runs in the six to the thwart an Owls victory.

Standifer, a freshman from Mobile, Ala., pitched 4.0 innings for three strikeouts, six runs (four earned), and six hits against for his fourth loss on the mound.

Austin Sparks took over pitching duties in the fifth for 2.0 innings, two strikeouts, four earned runs, and four hits against.

At the plate, Leon "Trey" Petite recorded two hits on three plate appearances while Cox was credited with one RBI and Benefield scored the Owls only run.

The Owls will be back in action on Tuesday, May 14 when they fight to stay in the tournament at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST. The opponent has yet to be determined. Keep up with the live stats and watch the game live: HERE.