PSU DuBois heads to PSUAC playoffs with 1 seed | Sports
DuBOIS — Penn State DuBois baseball teams wrapped up their regular season Tuesday with a convincing 17-4 win over Clarion University in a non-conference game and are now seeking their fourth straight Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference title.
The victory gave DuBois a 22-10 overall record when they were 14-1 in the PSUAC.
The 14-1 record then gives them the No. 1 seed in the West for the PSUAC tournament which begins on Saturday – as it is a six-team tournament with the top three from the East and the West.
With DuBois of the West, Mont Alto has the No. 2 seed and Fayette took the No. 3 seed.
The East has its first seed at Schuylkill, followed by York at No. 2 and Brandywine at No. 3.
DuBois heads to the tournament after winning the PSUAC title in 2018, 2019 and 2021 – with the 2020 tournament canceled due to COVID-19.
Games one and two of the PSUAC tournament are elimination matches, with the winner of each advancing to the double elimination portion of the tournament. The East has Brandywine and York playing today at 12:30 p.m. at Hamburg High School, with the winner of that match playing at Schuylkill at 3 p.m., also at Hamburg High School.
DuBois will then await the winner of the Fayette/Mont Alto game on Saturday, which begins at 12:30 p.m. and takes place at Showers Field in DuBois. This match will take place at 3 p.m.
After today’s and Saturday’s matches, all four teams will have a break until Sunday, May 8 as the tournament continues at Showers Field to determine the champion, with a playoff at 11 a.m., a game-winner against winner at 1:45 p.m. and another elimination match at 4:30 p.m.
This year’s PSUAC title game will not take place at Showers Field, but rather at Medlar Field at State College’s Lubrano Park on Monday, May 9 with the championship game scheduled for noon and the game if necessary at 2:45 p.m.
After starting the season 2-6 with those games taking place over a four-day stretch in Myrtle Beach, SC from March 5-8, DuBois went 20-4 the rest of the way and 14-1 in conference — including the winners of their last 10 matches.
Offensively, the team was led by senior Dan Stauffer, who batted .441 and had 41 hits on 93 at bats. Stauffer also hit nine homers, setting a new PSU DuBois record, nine doubles, one triple and 30 RBIs.
Junior Cory Lehman finished second on the team with 32 hits (.352 BA), followed by junior Tyler Yough and rookie Colby Bodtorf, with 29 each with averages of .408 and .358, respectively. Logan Wagner had just 43 hits but 19 hits for a .442 average while Brett Beith was second on the team in RBIs with 29.
On the mound, sophomore Taylor Boland was DuBois’ go-to pitcher this year. In eight starts, Boland was undefeated with a 6-0 record. In 41 innings of work, he allowed 32 hits and 17 runs (16 earned) while striking out 34 with a 3.51 ERA. The senior duo of Nolan Walters and Trevor Hanna also went 4-0 with Hanna second in ERA among regular starters at 3.86.
Freshman Cole Knable appeared on the mound in the most games for DuBois with 14 appearances, as he pitched 14 2/3 innings batting to 3.08 ERA and striking out 15.