The Ohio University Lancaster baseball team
Photo courtesy of: Lancaster Campus
May 3, 2012
The Ohio University Lancaster baseball team has won its first division championship.
Earlier this week, the team won its last regular season game against Ohio University Zanesville by a score of 9 to 5. The team finished the regular season with a conference record of 10-2 and an overall record of 15-4, which earned the team an Ohio Regional Campus Conference East Division Championship.
For senior players Trent Mathias and Matt Slykerman, the championship title has been a long time coming. Both players played little league and high school baseball and continued their career at Ohio University Lancaster.
"It feels good," said Mathias. "It's what we've been looking for all four years that I have been here."
Mathias is a pitcher and played baseball at Lancaster High School before coming to Ohio University Lancaster. Slykerman is the starting catcher and played at Fisher Catholic in Lancaster, but hurt his knee his senior year. Coming to the Lancaster campus gave him the opportunity to play ball again and he's pleased he was able to help the team win its first championship.
"It's kinda nice to get back at all the teams that have spanked us over the years," said Slykerman.
This is the first time the Cougars have won a conference championship since the Lancaster campus started its baseball program in 1990.
"In the past few years, we didn't have the right attitude to win," said Mathias. "Out of all four years I've been here, it really come together and meshed well this year. We actually came together as a team."
The team now starts state tournament play. The first game is Friday at 3 p.m. against Ohio State Newark.