Springtime is approaching, and that means it’s the start of a new season for Eastern athletics. Let’s get ready to show our support! Leading off, we have Eastern’s baseball club, hoping to shake off a 7-27 season and bounce back this spring. As a whole they batted .270, while their pitching staff maintained a 7.38 ERA. However, with rising players such as third year first baseman Joe Grato, we can look forward to a promising season. Grato batted .300 with three homeruns, one those being a walk-off grand slam and 23 runs batted in. They open up Feb. 21 against Catholic University.
Eagles softball team will open this season in Arizona, where they will face new competition. They finished last season 16-19. Kasey Williams finished the season hot, batting .374 with 46 hits and 26 RBI’s and she will be looking to stay hot into the new season. Also with a new batch of freshman talent to help drive the team, I would say look for the Eagles to finish this season over .500.
As for Eastern’s golf team, the men will begin the spring season March 18 at the York Invitational following leaders Ryan Torresin and Andrew Barbin. Although the team is young, they have enough potential and will-power to make a positive impact this season. As for the women, they will travel to the Ursinus Invitational March 21, determined to come out victorious. Last season’s rounds leaders Bianca Scrimali and Kaleigh Boreman will be taking the green. This will be Boreman’s last season playing golf at Eastern.
For tennis, seniors Jenn Balbi and Angela Anthony enter their final season of tennis, ready to make an impact this spring. Last season, the men’s tennis team had seven wins and nine loses. The women last season went 9-8, with a fantastic home record of 7-1. The tennis team leaves for Orlando, FL spring break week, looking for a positive outcome this tournament.
The men’s lacrosse team looks to keep moving up the DIII, as they are ranked 20th in the country; they finished last season with a record of 14-5, while going 6-0 in the conference. They begin their season Feb. 21 against Swarthmore College. With a talented freshman class, and superb veterans the Eagles will be the biggest threat in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Spring 2015 is going to be a spectacular season for our Eastern clubs, so let’s do our part as fans and cheer them on!