Sandwich Student-Athlete on Baseball Team at Eastern Connecticut State

Another local student makes us proud...
Collin Russell of Sandwich plays on the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team (ECSU photo)

WILLIMANTIC, CT (03/20/2018)-- After a 2017 campaign marred with injury, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team is looking to return to championship form. After a disappointing 21-16 finish this past season, Head Coach Matt LaBranche is hoping this year's team will show the maturity and consistency needed to capture the program's third Little East Conference (LEC) Championship in the past five years. With a solid all-around lineup and a veteran bullpen, it will be up to the starting pitching to determine how far this year's crop of Warriors will advance in the postseason.

Among the students playing for this year's team is Collin Russell '18 of Sandwich, who majors in Physical Education.

The Little East Conference (LEC) was established in 1986 as a single-sport league by six public institutions throughout New England. The LEC has since become a multi-sport league with eight primary members, six affiliate members and 19 championships.

Eastern offers a broad-based, Division III athletic program aimed at safeguarding the amateur aspects of the various sports and maintaining the proper perspective of athletics within Eastern's academic mission. By placing emphasis on the values of equity, diversity, sportsmanship, health and wellbeing, Eastern's athletic program encourages students to contribute more effectively to our society and live richer, fuller lives.

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 26 other states and 20 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 25th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2018 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded "Green Campus" status by the Princeton Review eight years in a row. For more information, visit

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