Contact: John Barney, Western Washington University baseball coach, at (206) 719-5652
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Men’s Baseball Club won the Northern Pacific Regional collegiate club baseball title on Sunday, May 12 in La Grande, Ore.
The Vikings won their first game 9-4 against Montana State behind senior pitcher Mathew Burrows (Redmond). On Saturday, they continued strong with a 7-3 victory against Idaho State with pitcher Mason Weathers (Kenmore). They played Idaho State once more in Sunday’s title game and won 2-1 with a hit from tournament MVP and Vikings shortstop Pete Carlson (Bellingham).
John Barney (Seattle), the baseball team’s student coach and player, said that the team’s success was due to its overall aggressiveness and team speed. Out of 220 teams in the National Club Baseball Association, the Vikings are one of eight teams that will advance to the World Series on May 24-30 in Tampa, Fla.
Barney said that this is the second trip to the World Series for Western’s baseball team; the Vikings last qualified for the World Series in 2010.
The team is currently working on fundraising to obtain the $10,000 needed to get to Tampa. Barney said any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated. Checks are made payable to WWU Baseball and sent to:
Campus Recreation Services
1880 Bill McDonald Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225-9098
For more information or to donate money to the team contact John Barney at (206) 719-5652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.