Club baseball wins Spartan Invitational

The Grand Valley State University club baseball team won the first ever Spartan Invitational
Tournament over the weekend, a National Club Baseball Association event played at Bailey Park in
Battle Creek, Mich.

GVSU, the only Division II team competing in the event, began the tournament by defeating the
University of Ohio 8-5, then Western Michigan University 10-0 before taking down Ohio again 5-2.

The team advanced to the semifinals against Central Michigan University, but appeared to be defeated
after entering the seventh (and final) inning down 7-2. However, the Lakers rallied in dramatic
fashion, scoring seven runs in the top of the inning and ultimately held on for a 9-7 victory.

The championship game against Michigan State University was no less dramatic.

Michael Michalski ended up being the hero in a 3-2 victory when he not only closed out the 8th, 9th
and 10th innings on the mound without allowing a run, but also hit an RBI triple with two outs on the
board to secure the victory for GVSU.

The team returns to action on the road against Saginaw Valley State University on Monday.