Baseball Lands Four USCAA All-Americans, Four All-Academics

Owls Baseball at the 2019 Small College World Series Pre-Tournament Luncheon; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Owls Baseball at the 2019 Small College World Series Pre-Tournament Luncheon; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

DUBOIS, Penn. – The United Collegiate Athletic Association announced its All-American baseball teams, major awards, and All-Academic team at the 2019 USCAA Small College World Series pre-tournament luncheon at the DuBois Country Club Sunday afternoon. The Owls saw four players receive All-American honors while four players were named to the All-Academic team.

Owls power hitter Damain Benefield was named to the USCAA All-American first-team due to his efforts during the 2019 season. The sophomore infielder from Ranburne, Ala. played in 27 games with 73 at-bats to lead his team with 25 RBIs. He recorded 29 hits (seven doubles and three home runs) for a .397 batting average, a .515 on-base percentage, and a team-high .616 slugging percentage.

Leading his team with a .403 batting average, Brandon Jones received second-team recognition.  The Columbus, Ms. native played in 25 games with 77 at-bats for 31 hits (four doubles) and 19 RBIs. He maintained a .473 on-base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage.

Making it to the third-team were sophomores RJ Dell and Leon "Trey" Petite. Dell stepped up midseason after the Owls ace pitcher stepped away from the mound due to injury. The Memphis, Tenn. native made 10 appearances on the mound with seven starts for a 5-2 record. He pitched 46.0 innings, striking out 31 batters with 43 hits against and a 3.90 earned run average.

Petite played in all 27 games for 81 at-bats. He recorded a team-high 20 runs with 28 hits for 18 RBIs, a .346 batting average, a .423 on-base percentage, and a .444 slugging percentage.

With overall GPAs greater than 3.5, RJ Cox, John McGee, Logan Suggs, and John David Topik were named to the 2019 USCAA All-Academic team.

The No. 5 Owls will kick-off the 2019 Small College World Series tomorrow, Monday, May 13, when they take on the No.4, seeded Wright State Lake Campus in the first round of the tournament. The first pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. CT at Kenneth "Gamey" Showers Field. For the live stats and streaming and the latest information on the USCAA Small College World Series visit smallcollegeworldseries.com.