Oswego State Baseball team prepares for second trip to College World Series

Oswego State senior Zach Whelan explains the team's excitement ahead of the 2018 College World Series.

Oswego State Baseball is preparing for its second consecutive trip to the Div. III College World Series after defeating UMass Boston, 10-4, last weekend to win the New England Regional.

The Lakers swept the regional, and the players feel they are more prepared this time around after being swept in the World Series last season.

"We're having a lot of fun right now,"senior shortstop Zach Whelan said. "Obviously winning SUNYACs and bringing that into the regional tournament and winning that, we're just, I mean, loss of words going back two years in a row. We're having a lot of fun."

"At the beginning of the year, we were kind of struggling here and there on defense and like our offense," junior outfielder Mike Dellicarri said. "I wasn't like crazy confident and then we just turned everything around, and it's just been awesome to play the way we've been playing."

The recent success of the Lakers Baseball program has shown that the Oswego State Athletic Department is a whole lot more than just a good hockey program.

For years, the Oswego State men's ice hockey team has been the dominant team on campus, but these back-to-back trips to the national stage are doing something to change that.

"Yeah, that means a lot to us. We have a lot of people coming up to us now saying that we're not just a hockey school," freshman third baseman Ryan Enos said. "And that means a lot because for a long time it was pretty much just hockey around here. And we're doing something to change that."

Oswego State will take on the University of Texas at Tyler on Friday at 10 a.m. to open the World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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