DuBois, Penn. – After a long and competitive season the inaugural season of The W baseball team concluded during the fourth round of the USCAA Small College World Series. The Owls played well against Selma University but late inning errors cost them the game and ended The W's journey to the USCAA championship.
The W entered the fourth inning with a large 5-1 lead over the Bulldogs after a dynamic third inning. Capitalizing on an error by the pitcher, a double by Damain Benefield, and a single by Leon "Trey" Petite the Owls were able to score five runs in the inning to take their first lead of the game.
Selma scored two additional run in the top of the sixth but a homer to left center by Benefield placed the score at 7-3.
In the seventh, the Bulldogs landed five hits and took advantage of an Owls error to score four runs and take an 8-7 lead for the win.
Freshman pitcher Eiland Cleckler entered the game in the sixth inning to take the loss on the mound. Drew Williams started the game for 5.2 innings pitched, five strikeouts, four hits, and two earned runs.
At the plate, Owls baseball MVP Damain Benefield went 2-for-2 for two RBIs and 2 runs to lead The W offense.
Coach Matthew Wolfenbarger's Thoughts
"Sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way and that's what happened in today's game. These guys played their hearts this entire World Series and this entire season. They have accomplished more this first year than I believe anyone ever thought they would. They did everything I asked of them both academically and athletically. These guys deserve a ton of credit for their hard work and putting The W baseball program on the map. It was a great honor to coach this team during this inaugural season and I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to be the first ever Owls baseball team."
The Owls baseball program conclude its inaugural season with a 21-15 record and fifth in the USCAA Small College World Series.