A never-say-die attitude powered the Kats in the 2011 campaign. Wearing shirts that stated “Find A Way”, the Kats found their way, qualifying for their fifth trip to the NJCAA World Series under head coach Joe Bauth.
ECC posted a 30-18 record and Bauth surpassed the 700-win mark at ECC.
Setting another milestone was outfielder Austin Benshadle, who became the program’s career hit leader against Tompkins-Cortland May 1.
After suffering a loss in the opening round of Region III Tournament action, ECC won five straight games. Freshman pitcher Mike Tolsma threw a complete game in the championship, defeating the nation’s second-ranked team.
ECC, behind freshman pitcher Ron Lawrence, recorded a win in the NJCAA World Series opener. After a loss, ECC rebounded with a 12-10 win over the nation’s top-ranked team. The Kats scored the game’s last four runs to back freshman Mike Wagner’s five innings of scoreless relief pitching. Neal DeMartin had three hits and drove in three runs in the win.
ECC’s season came to a close with a 3-1 loss to the eventual national champions.
DeMartin, who was named to the All-NJCAA World Series team, was joined by Joe Pantano on the All-Region III team.