Crimson Eagles Update – Spring 2011

Read brief recaps of the Spring sports seasons.

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Men’s Basketball

(0-25) A handful of untimely injuries resulted in a young core playing heavy minutes throughout the year as the Crimson Eagles hobbled through a losing season. Despite holding a late lead in four different outings, the squad didn’t have enough firepower to close games out, falling in each contest. Seven of PBU’s games were decided by single digits, including a three-point thriller against Baptist Bible College in mid-February. Perhaps the highlight of the season, however, was the group’s double-overtime home loss to Lancaster Bible College, a game that saw PBU come mere seconds away from knocking off their highly touted NCCAA East Region rival.

Women’s Basketball

(2-23) With just eight players on their roster, the women’s basketball team was forced to overcome limited numbers throughout the year. To compound matters, only four returners came into the season with significant collegiate experience as the Crimson Eagles’ youth came to light during a handful of games. After triumphing in their opening contest of the season, the basketball team wouldn’t find the win column again until an impressive mid-January route of the College of Notre Dame. Despite their trials throughout the regular season, the Crimson Eagles nearly pulled off the stunner during the opening round of the NCCAA East Region Tournament, falling to Lancaster Bible College 48-45 after holding a late edge in the postseason skirmish.

Men’s Volleyball

(23-11) For the third consecutive season the Crimson Eagles were ranked nationally all 15 weeks of the year, finishing the current campaign tabbed eighth across the country. Pocketing the program’s fifth straight 20-win campaign, the group achieved the program’s first ever upset of the number one ranked squad in the nation after toppling Springfield College, 3-2, in mid-February. The volleyball team went unblemished in Metro play (12-0), signaling the third straight year that PBU has gone undefeated within divisional competition. The Crimson Eagles capped the year with a deep run into the NECVA Tournament, reaching the semifinals before bowing out to top seed and eventual Division III champ, Nazareth College, 3-2.


(5-28) Since a winless season two years ago, the baseball team has been making steady progress forward. After dropping their first 10 games of the season, the Crimson Eagles picked up the pace midway through their schedule, triumphing during five of their next nine games throughout early April. The stretch included a pair of wins during the NCCAA East Region Tournament as the group hoisted their first ever regional banner following a dramatic come-from-behind victory against Baptist Bible College during the title bout. Making their first ever appearance in the NCCAA World Series Tournament, the Crimson Eagles dropped their first two games in the postseason to close out the season.


(1-27) Featuring just three returners and two starters from a season ago, the Crimson Eagles were forced to rely upon a host of fresh faces that served as heavy contributors during their first year of collegiate softball. Several unfortunate injuries – including a key loss amongst the squad’s pitching staff – didn’t help PBU’s cause as the group limped to a 1-27 record. Losing four games on the year by three runs or less, the Crimson Eagles finally broke through on the last day of the season. PBU topped the College of Notre Dame during a defensive struggle as the Crimson Eagles mounted a 1-0 deficit to triumph over their counterpart, 2-1.

Men’s Golf

(51-36)  With four well-tested veterans in their lineup, the Crimson Eagles managed to stringtogether the most dominant campaign in the program’s eight-year history. The team averaged the lowest four-player scoring average of all time (329.5), with every golfer on the squad carding their lowest career round at some point during the season. Regularly competing against some of the top Division III schools in the Northeast, PBU placed in the top half of the field during eight of 11 matches. The pinnacle of the season came together during the CSAC Championship as the Crimson Eagles secured their best ever finish during the two-day event, grabbing second place overall. The golf squad nearly clocked the lowest round in school history on day two of the tournament, ending with a collective mark of 316 to finish just a solo swing shy of the program record.