Six Olean Oilers Set to Participate in NCAA Division II and Division III Tournaments

Due to the successful seasons of St. John Fisher (30-10), RIT (33-7), Seton Hill (36-18), and Shepherd (32-22), six Olean Oilers – Allen Murphy, Brad McAfee, Navada Waterman, Sam Vilk, Austin Braendel, and Colin Benner – will compete in the upcoming NCAA Division II and Division III Tournaments.

St. John Fisher fell in the Empire 8 Championship Game to Ithaca, however, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, coming in as a three-seed. Allen Murphy started 27 games as a freshman for the Cardinals, batting .297 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI. Murphy also recorded six appearances on the mound for St. John Fisher, throwing 15 innings and posting at 2.40 ERA. Brad McAfee also saw action on the mound for the Cardinals in two games, striking out one and not allowing a run. The Cardinals will face Suffolk University on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Harwich, Mass.

The RIT Tigers posted a 22-1 regular-season conference record and went on to capture the Liberty League Title. Navada Waterman started 37 games a freshman for RIT, posting a .306 batting average, while recording 23 RBI on 45 hits. Waterman was also named to the All-Liberty League First-Team. RIT will square off against Alvernia University this Thursday at 10 a.m. in York, Pa.

Seton Hill took down the one-seed Mercyhurst in the PSAC Tournament Championship Game, earning its birth into the NCAA Division II Tournament. Sam Vilk started 29 games for the Griffins, batting .352 with four home runs and 24 RBI. Austin Braendel, who started 33 games as a freshman for Seton Hill, also batted .250 with three home runs and 17 RBI. Both Vilk and Braendel will battle fellow Olean Oiler Colin Benner and Shepherd this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Jamestown, N.Y. Benner saw action on the mound in 13 games for Shepherd, striking out seven in 16.1 innings.

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