By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
In his first season with the WLU’s baseball team in 2013, head coach Eric Burkle was looking to rebuild the Toppers’ baseball program after the loss of Bo McConnaughy, who coached the Toppers for nearly 30 years. In the five seasons prior to Coach Burkle’s tenure, Topper baseball had a significant span of below .500 seasons, going 60-162. Burkle knew if he wanted to turn their bad luck around, he needed to recruit solid pitchers. One of his first pitching commitments was Sean Pare.