After a long drive back from the NCAA D-III World Series in Appleton, Wis., the Webster University baseball team was welcomed by a crowd of more than a hundred Gorlok fans at the home campus in St. Louis Tuesday.
The Gorloks won the NCAA regional championship and made it to the first World Series in Webster history, going 1-2 in Wisconsin in three thrilling games and finishing ranked fifth in the nation in NCAA Division III.
Athletic director Tom Hart, baseball head coach Bill Kurich and President Beth Stroble each shared a few words of thanks for all those who showed up to welcome the team — and of course to the team that has represented Webster so well all season long.
On a warm day in St. Louis, the players and crowd of supporters were also treated to Ted Drewes ice cream, a local favorite.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner Will Wolper was also in attendance. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch sent a photographer to snap a photo, which you can see at stltoday.com.
Video Short: Congratulations to the Gorloks
Watch video of the welcome home for the baseball team on YouTube (or embedded above).
A Banner Year
Finishing 36-14, the team set a Webster baseball record for the most wins in one season, and postseason awards continue to roll in. Most recently, Rawlings Company and the American Baseball Coaches Association named senior David Mueller 2012 Central Regional Pitcher of the Year and coach Kurich the 2012 Central Region Coach of the Year.
Mueller was also a Central Region First Team selection. Junior outfielder Cody Stevenson, junior pitcher Cody Hafeli, senior first-baseman Tom Henke, and junior outfielder Alex Kazmierski were all Central Region Second Team selections.
Henke, Kazmierski and Mueller were also named to the D3baseball.com 2012 All-Central Region Second Team.
Earlier this month, Henke was voted the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2012 Player of the Year and Mueller was voted the SLIAC 2012 Pitcher of the Year. Freshman Isaac Behme(Harrisburg HS, Ill.) was named the SLIAC Newcomer of the Year, while Kurich took home his fourth SLIAC Coach of the Year award.
All of these honors come on the heels of a team that won the SLIAC championship, the SLIAC tournament, and the NCAA regional championship in Millington, Tenn.