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Athletes Excel in Spring Sports

With nine national championships between them, Eastern's baseball and softball teams have high standards and expectations each year they take the field. 

molly rathbun.JPGThe women's softball team -- third and fifth in the nation the previous two years -- fell just short of returning to the national NCAA Division III Tournament in Salem, VA, for the third year in a row. The Warriors finished second to Tufts University at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament held May 10-13 on Eastern's new softball field at the Mansfield Sports Complex. Despite not meeting all of its goals, the team has an outstanding year, finishing with an overall record of 44-3, breaking the the program's all-time record for victories.  Coach Diana Pepin became the all-time leader in wins by an Eastern softball coach with 286. The team won the Little East Conference for the third year in a row and made the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row. In addition to a record 28 home runs during her Eastern career, senior three-time All American Molly Rathbun ended the season with a 33-3 record, and ended her career with 103 wins (including nine no-hitters and a perfect game) and 1,135 strikeouts, both program records. Arielle Cooper had a record-breaking streak of 33 games with a hit, and Priscilla Alicea broke the all-time school record for hits with 206.

baseball.jpgRanked ninth in New England entering the Little East Conference Tournament, Eastern's baseball team needed to win the event to guarantee a ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Instead, the Warriors were eliminated after sustaining consecutive one-run losses to second-seeded Keene State College, 4-3 in 12 innings, and sixth-seeded Plymouth State University, 1-0.  The team finished the season at 29-13.

lacrosse.jpgEarlier in the month, the men's lacrosse team won its LEC conference tournament for the seventh time in 12 years.

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