The Penn State DuBois Baseball team knew they had a target on their backs coming in to the USCAA World Series this year. Their first bullet to dodge was the Seawolves from Southern Maine. DuBois was ready, and the 5 run, first inning proved that. Lance Pennington (Punxsutawney) was the first foot on the plate for DuBois off of a Vince McDowell (West Branch) single to center field. Then Clayton Butler (Central Mountain) hit a 3 run home run over the right field fence to send a spark to his dugout that would carry through the game.
Hitting – Butler's home run brought in 3 runs, and he ended the game with 2 hits. Garrett Brown (DuBois) added 2 hits and 2 RBI's for the cause, including legging out a triple.
Pitching – Brandon Orsich (Clearfield) pitched 6 1/3 innings with the start from the mound. Orsich faced 23 batters, gave up 5 hits, and only 1 run. Bryce Hanley (Central Mountain) came in for the final 2 outs to finish off the game as DuBois took the game, 7-1.
Coach's Comments – Coach Calliari had this to say about his team in the first round game of the USCAA World Series: "It was a great star to the tournament, Orsich proved why he was the pitcher of the year in the USCAA. We got a lot of momentum early that carried us the rest of the game."