Bulldogs Banner Season Ends at College World Series
The DeSales University baseball team earned its first-ever Division III College World Series appearance in 2003 and ended its championship run with a 30-14 record and a No. 8 ranking in the final NCAA Division III baseball poll released on Monday (5/26/03).
DeSales lost both of its games in World Series play falling to defending national champion, Eastern Connecticut State University, 6-3, in the first game (5/23) and 7-0 to Emory University in the second round elimination game (5/24). The Bulldogs earned the trip to the World Series with its first-ever NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional title going 4-0 in the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament, May 15-18.
DSU advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament by winning its fourth straight Freedom Conference title with a 5-4 win over Wilkes University on May 5th. The Bulldogs have now played in six of the last seven NCAA Regional Tournaments.
Some of the highlights following the completion of the 2003 season included, DSU winning 30+ games for the third consecutive season, breaking the record for both hits (536) and doubles (120) in a season, and having sophomore Ian Hauze (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville) earn First-Team All-American honors as the first team sport player in DeSales history to earn First-Team honors and just the second baseball player in school history to be named an All-American.
Hauze finished the season as the offensive leader as he ranked first on the team in batting average (.418), hits (69), home runs (7), RBI's (51), slugging percentage (.655), and assists (139). His 69 hits set a school-record, breaking the mark of 67, recorded last year by teammate Dan Fratantoro (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township). On the mound, freshman Matt Reppert (Allentown, PA/Dieruff) led the way with a 9-3 record and a 2.82 ERA. He tied the school record with nine wins, led the team in innings with 79.2, struck out a team-high 40 batters, pitched five complete-games, and recorded two shutouts.
Press Release: Bulldogs Banner Season Ends at College World Series | Posted on: 5/29/2003
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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
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