Owls Spring Sports Rank High on the USCAA Week 1 Coaches Poll

Owls Spring Sports Rank High on the USCAA Week 1 Coaches Poll

NORFOLK, Va. – The United States Collegiate Athletic Association recently released the week one coaches poll for the 2018 spring sports. The Owls baseball and softball teams were among those recognized for their efforts this season.

Receiving a total of 269 points, The W baseball team ranked fourth nationally among USCAA baseball members. With a 16-9 record, the Owls out rank defending USCAA Small College World Series Champion College of St. Joseph's Vermont (T9) and recent USCAA opponent Selma University (T9).

Currently 3-4 among USCAA rivals, the Owls are on a six game winning streak and maintain a .309 batting average, a .432 on base percentage, and a .405 slugging percentage. The W bullpen averages 6.63 strikeouts per nine-inning game with a total of 173.2 innings pitched.

Head Baseball Coach Matthew Wolfenbarger is thrilled that his program is being recognized. When asked about the accomplishment Coach Wolf said, "It's good for the guys and the program to see our hard work paying off. This is a special group of guys and I couldn't ask for a better group to build a program with. There's still a good bit of baseball left and I'm sure our guys realize that and will continue to play like they are playing."

With 214 points, the Owls softball team ranks seventh among the top 20 softball teams in the USCAA. Holding a 17-15 record on the season, The W places just below three-time USCAA World Series Champion St. Mary of the Woods College (3) and right above future opponent Judson College (11).

Owls softball is undefeated (4-0) against USCAA opponents and maintain a .315 batting average, a .412 one base percentage, and a .395 slugging percentage. The W bullpen averages 4.96 strikeouts per seven-inning game while holding a 3.29 earned run average.

Head Softball Coach Tatjana Matthews praises her team for the hard work this season. "It is an amazing feeling as a coach to see that all the hard work your players have put into this season has been noticed by those on the voting committee. The team has worked extremely hard to get better every day. I am so proud of this group of young women for all they have done this year and continue to do."

Coach Matthews continues, "It was a proud and humbling moment when the rankings came out yesterday but we still have games left to play. [We] have to continue to work on the little things and do well. I couldn't [have] ask for a better team to be a part of the reemergence of softball at The W."

 

Baseball

Rank

Team

Points

1

The Apprentice School

300

2

Bluefield State College

283

3

Wright State Univ. - Lake Campus

279

4

Mississippi University for Women

269

5

Cleary University

268

6

Illinois Institute of Technology

266

7

PSU DuBois

260

8

UC Clermont

255

T9

Selma University

236

T9

College of St. Joseph's Vermont

236

T11

PSU Schuylkill

229

T11

Southern Maine CC

229

13

PSU Greater Allegheny

221

14

Florida National University

203

15

Great Bay CC

176

16

Central Maine CC

161

17

NHTI

144

18

PSU Mont Alto

138

19

Dean College

134

20

Robert Morris Univ. - Peoria

105

Others Receiving Votes: PSU Brandywine (73); Concordia-Selma (39); PSU-York (39); Rochester (33); Iowa Wesleyan (32); Central Penn (32); Christendom (31).

 

Softball

Rank

Team

Points

1

Cleary University

248

2

Carlow University

244

3

St. Mary of the Woods College

243

4

University of Maine Presque Isle

226

5

PSU Schuylkill

225

6

NHTI

216

T7

Robert Morris University - Springfield

214

T7

Mississippi University for Women

214

T7

PSU Brandywine

214

10

PSU Mont Alto

204

11

Judson College

203

12

Rochester College

188

13

PSU Beaver

181

14

PSU Hazelton

177

15

UC Clermont

148                                    

16

Washington Adventist University

145

17

PSU Greater Allgheny

138

18

SUNY Canton

127

19

Dean College

102

20

Southern Maine CC

73

Others Receiving Votes: Dallas (67); PSU-York (37); Bluefield State (33); College of St. Joseph's-Vermont (32).