Currently at 9-4, the Eastern University baseball team is off to a solid start this season.
There are thirty-one players on the roster, including seven freshmen and twenty-four returning students.
The team opened out the season with a double-header at Swarthmore College, where they lost the first game and won the second.
The Eagles then lost to Arcadia University but, shortly afterward, beat Lancaster Bible College.
Recently, the Eagles spent their spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where they went 4-1. They beat PSU Berks, PSU Harrisburg and Averett. In their final game of that series, they lost to Catholic University.
On Wednesday, March 14, the Eagles beat Immaculata University 13 to 4 in their home opener.
Head coach Matt Midkiff feels that, this spring, the Eagles can match up with anyone in the league. He says that the pitchers will be key this season as long as they pitch as well as they are capable.
“The success of our pitchers will determine the success of our team,” Midkiff said.
Their great record so far shows how well the pitchers have been doing already. Ernie Stiegler has two wins and Nick Moltner has three.
Midkiff confidently states that the Eagles “play good defense and swing the bats well.”
Sophomore Andrew DiFerdinando currently has the team’s highest batting average, with .750. Junior Greg DeSarro and senior Andre Butler are close behind.
This season, the players and coaches are trying to establish a better reputation for Eastern baseball and a new record-a winning one. They are well on their way to accomplishing both of those goals this season.