Owls Receive USCAA All-American and All-Academic Honors

Katlyn Duke, Kristen Martin, Damain Benefield
Katlyn Duke, Kristen Martin, Damain Benefield

DUBOIS, Penn. – Several members of the Owls baseball and softball teams were recognized for their efforts on and off the field during the 2018 Small College World Series Banquet on Sunday, May 13. As a part of the event, the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) named the All-Academic Team and the All-American Teams for the 2017-18 academic year.

Damain Benefield, freshman infielder, received high athletic honors with Baseball All-American First Team recognition. With the accomplishment, Benefield's athletic ability ranks him nationally among the top 16 players. The Ranburne, Ala. native leads his team in almost every offensive category with a .429 batting average, a .530 on base percentage, and a .736 slugging percentage. In 28 games, the Owls baseball MVP has racked up 91 at-bats, 24 runs, and 39 hits (10 doubles and six home runs) for 32 RBIs.

Will Peters played hard this year and was able to support the Owls baseball team in several different positions. Because of his effort, the Tallassee, Ala. native was named to the USCAA Baseball All-American Third Team. The freshman utility player has played in 31 games for 106 at-bats, 27 runs, 37 hits (five doubles and two triples) for 19 RBIs. As a hitter, he maintains a .349 batting average, a .442 on base percentage, and a .434 slugging percentage. On the mound, the Tallassee, Ala. native holds a 7-2 record for three complete games with 49.1 innings pitched and 36 strikeouts.

Two student-athletes on the Owls softball team also received All-American honors. Katlyn Duke and Kristen Martin were both named to the USCAA Softball All-American Third Team.

Duke leads her team with 32 RBIs. At the plate, the junior from Philadelphia, Miss. has maintained a .321 batting average, a .358 on base percentage, and a .454 slugging percentage for 112 at-bats, 20 runs, and 36 hits (five doubles, four triples, and one homerun). On the field, Duke holds a .932 fielding percentage with 46 putouts and 23 assists.

Martin leads the Owls in several categories with a .380 batting average, a .504 on base percentage, and a .489 slugging percentage. In 34 games, the junior utility player has racked up 92 at-bats, 28 runs, and 35 hits (eight doubles and one triple) for 23 RBIs.

Duke and Martin also performed well in the classroom with a 3.5 or higher GPA. The feat landed them a spot on the USCAA All-Academic Team.

Also named to the All-Academic Team were Tiffany Phillips, Anna Kate O'Bryant, Mackenzie Harris, Madison Scoggin, Madeline Newman, Ciara Steward, and Cara Hopper.