Club baseball team at SRU captures NCBA World Series title
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The men's baseball club team at Slippery Rock University captured the 2017 National Club Baseball Association's Division II World Series title following a 1-0 win against the University of Windsor May 23 at Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Zachary Moore, a junior health science major from Chicora and president of the team, recorded the game's lone run with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Starting pitcher Stephen McKee, a junior safety management major from Camp Hill, threw a complete game with 11 strikeouts, giving up only two hits.
Ryan Huey, a junior finance major from Connellsville, was named MVP of the tournament and the NCBA's pitcher of the week after throwing a total of 11 1/3 innings, while allowing zero runs on six hits. For the tournament, Huey recorded two wins and a pair of saves.
"Our pitching and defense were really what carried us through the championship," said Dillon Williams, a former accounting major from Wheeling, West Virginia who graduated earlier this month.
Williams, a player/coach for the squad, was with the team in 2016 when it advanced to the eight-team, double-elimination tournament, and was eliminated in the first round of play.
"When we lost the first two games in the Series last year, we returned home realizing that our pitching and defense were not up to par," he said, "so we focused a lot of our energy on fixing and recruiting that area of the team this season."
The men's baseball club at SRU, which posted a 22-4 mark in the regular season, is one of 24 sport clubs at the University.
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