Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame to induct three
Three former WVU Potomac State College baseball players – Bruce Clinton, Class of 1975; Morgan Clendenin, Class of 2002; and Enrique Garcia, Class of 2006 will be inducted into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame during the College’s 30th Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 22. The induction ceremony will take place in the Davis Conference Center, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Current sophomore athletes and coaches will also be recognized at this time.
Clinton served as the third baseman and part-time shortstop while playing for the Catamounts under the coaching talents of Jack Reynolds. He received the Unsung Hero Award after an especially successful sophomore year, ending the season with a .370 batting average. After receiving a walk-on invitation from former West Virginia University Coach Dale Ramsburg, Clinton earned the starting center-field position with the Mountaineers and subsequently became the first African American baseball player at WVU. During his first year there, Clinton had 20 RBI’s and 2 home runs, a feat many believe was instrumental in catapulting the Mountaineers to their first post-season berth in years.
Clendenin also became a standout team member while playing baseball for Potomac State. He holds four slots in the PSC record books: first place for 126 runs; third place with 22 homeruns; sixth place with 10 triples, and tenth place with 116 hits. Clendenin was also named as a Third Team All-NJCAA All-American in 2002. Despite playing infield during his career at Potomac State he was signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Orioles and played the position of catcher for five seasons of minor league baseball in their organization. In 242 career games in the minors, Clendenin hit .236 with 170 hits, 20 home runs and 101 runs batted in.
Under the auspices of Coach Doug Little, Garcia became one of the country’s top pitchers associated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). He led the Catamounts to fifth place finishes in the JUCO World Series for 2005 and 2006 as he compiled a personal record of 14 wins and 4 losses. In 2006, during his sophomore year, Garcia set the College’s strikeout record of 103 and went 9 – 1 with a 3.75 ERA. Furthermore, Garcia was a 2006 All-JUCO World Series First Team selection, First Team All-Region, First Team All-Eastern District, and Honorable Mention All-American. He holds three slots in the Potomac State record books: second place with 173 strikeouts; third place with 143 2/3 innings pitched; and ninth place with 7 games completed. Garcia also holds a unique distinction as he was selected in four consecutive years in the Major League Baseball amateur draft. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and the Cincinnati Reds.
Reservations are required for the banquet and can be made by contacting Alumni Coordinator Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870 or at PSC-Alumni@mail.wvu.edu. The cost is $20 per person and reservations must be made by April 14.