DUBOIS, Pa. - Penn State DuBois captured their first national championship on Thursday afternoon as their baseball program beat The Apprentice School in the USCAA National Championship at Showers Field in DuBois, Pa. The win capped an impressive season for the Lions, who also won the PSUAC Championship 10 days earlier.
The national championship is the first in school history for DuBois, and is just the second by any PSUAC program. The 2015 Penn State Beaver women's basketball team also won a USCAA National Championship.
DuBois earned their way to the USCAA tournament, clinching the conference's automatic bid with their victory over Penn State Brandywine on May 7th in the PSUAC Championship game. The Lions finished the season 31-11, including 14-1 in the conference, a perfect 3-0 in the conference tournament and 4-1 in the USCAA bracket.
Despite receiving the no. 6 seed from the USCAA, the week started with a convincing 9-1 win over no. 3 seed Wright State-Lake Campus. DuBois scored those runs on only five hits, but drew three bases loaded walks to plate runs. PSUAC Pitcher of the Year Caleb Bennett three seven innings and gave up just one run, albeit unearned. A 7-3 win over no. 10 seed Selma University followed on Tuesday, as a four-run fifth inning propelled DuBois to victory. Toner Corl went six strong innings to pick up the win.
On Wednesday, DuBois clinched their spot in the championship series by edging no. 5 seed Cleary University, 7-6. Joey DiPietro, Dan Bowman and Clayton Butler each collected three hits, while Bowman pitched four innings in relief and Bennett pitched the 7th to earn the save.
In the first championship game on Thursday, a late run from Apprentice gave the Builders a narrow 4-3 win to force an "if necessary" game in the double-elimination tournament. The bats broke out in the second game as DuBois scored 10 runs, including a grand slam from DiPietro that gave the Lions an early 5-0 advantage. Apprentice, playing their third game of the day, was unable to muster a comeback and DuBois celebrated on their home turf with a shiny new trophy.