by ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s club baseball team made a big name for itself May 15-19 in the NCBA Division II World Series. The team went 4-0 in the tournament and brought home the World Series title after defeating Penn State, 5-1, in the championship game.
Eastern entered the tournament in the No. 2 seed.
No. 4 seed Penn State got the game going in the second inning with a run but Eastern went on a hitting spree in the third inning for the lead. Eastern’s Andrew McWhorter highlighted the game-changing inning with a three-run home run. Julian Speaks and Caleb Epperson also had hits in the inning, which pushed two more Eastern runs across the plate for the 5-1 lead.
The third inning rally was all Eastern needed to take the championship game. Eastern also defeated No. 7 seed Saint Louis in game one, No. 6 seed Virginia Commonwealth University in game two and No. 8 seed Colorado School of the Mines in game three.
No. 3 seed SUNY Brockport and No. 5 seed MSU-Moorhead also competed in the tournament.
Eastern’s success follows last season’s success, where the team was ranked No. 15 nationally. The ranking was picked by the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA).