Bulldogs off to hot start, lead USCAA standings

Published 5:47 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Selma University’s baseball team is on fire, winning nine straight games and soaring to the top of the USCAA standings with a 12-1 overall record.

But, the Bulldogs are not just beating teams, they are blowing them out. Selma has out scored its opponents 122-8 this season.

“We have had great pitching and our hitting has been awesome,“ Selma University head coach Adrian Holloway said.

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Even that may be an understatement for how outfielder Mitchell Webb III has played this season. Webb is batting .647, which leads the USCAA, and he has hit five homeruns, which according to the most updated USCAA statistics would lead the association.

As a team, the Bulldogs are batting .344 for the third best average in the USCAA.

Of course, while the Bulldogs bats are on fire, their pitching has helped too. According to the USCAA official statistics, Selma’s team ERA is .090, which is the lowest among any school.

“Our pitching is very good,” Holloway said. “We have some pitchers that pro teams are looking at and we have some other guys that are filling in that come from pretty good baseball programs.”

The Bulldogs have already avenged their only loss of the season to West Alabama on Feb. 19. Selma fell 3-2, but bounced back to defeat the Tigers 8-0 March 12 for their ninth straight victory.

“West Alabama is a team that is a test for us,” Holloway said. “We like to measure ourselves up against the bigger schools, the bigger powerhouses, so we can see how prepared we are for the tournament at the end of the year.”

Eight of Selma University’s last nine wins have been shutouts.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 104-2 in those games, with the only runs allowed coming in a game against Concordia College Alabama on Feb. 28.

A USCAA coaches’ poll has not been released since Feb. 14, but the Bulldogs ranked eleventh at that time.

Selma University’s next game is at Oakwood College on March 14.

The national championship tournament will take place in Springfield, Ill. May 11-14, where Robert Morris-Springfield will host.