BaseballJeff Lamb’s ninth-inning single scored Jarad Lydon with the winning run as the West Chester University baseball team defeated Wilmington College 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon, advancing to the championship game of the Bill Giles Invitational and setting a school re-cord in the process.
Lamb’s game-winning RBI pushed the Golden Rams to a school-record 33rd victory as West Chester moves to 33-7-2 on the season, while the Golden Rams will now move into Citizen’s Bank Park to face the winner of this Thursday’s Universi-ty of the Sciences/Philadelphia University contest for the right to be crowned top NCAA Divi-sion II team in Philadelphia.
West Chester rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the seven by scoring five times, then watched as Wilmington rallied for three runs in the eighth to pull even at 5-5.
Lydon led off the ninth with a single, moved to second on Josh Wagner’s sacrifice bunt, then scored on Lamb’s one base hit.
Matt Redcay went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the contest, while Mike LaRosa, Brett Wallace, Ryan Flynn and Josh Yocum each whacked two base hits. Brett Wallace had two hits and two RBI.
Justin Hanley tossed 1.2 innings of relief to claim the victory. Frank Gailey scattered seven hits, allowed two runs and struck out four over six innings but did not get a decision.
For the second time this season, the West Chester University baseball team has defeated Shippensburg University.
Ryan Flynn singled and eventually scored the game-winning run in the top of the 11th to give West Chester the 5-3 win. Shippensburg entered the game ranked first in the North Atlantic Region, while the Golden Rams were listed fourth.
With two outs in the 11th, Flynn singled, moved to third on Mike LaRosa’s single, then scored on a wild pitch to give the Golden Rams a 4-3 lead.
LaRosa, who moved up to second on the wild pitch, also scored when Matt Red-cay ripped a two-out base hit. Redcay finished the day 3 for 6 with an RBI, complementing the 3-for-6 afternoon produced by Erik Ruff. LaRosa had two hits, a run and two RBI.
Jarad Lydon and Josh Wagner also checked in with three-hit games. Both players went 3 for 5.
Ryan Gerber tossed the final two innings of the game and earned the victory. He struck out two and faced seven batters while surrendering two base hits. Mike Bergstrom was terrific in 3.2 innings of relief work. He permitted just three hits and struck out two over 3.2 innings of middle relief.
Justin Hanley was solid through 5.1 innings. He allowed three runs, but only one was earned, and he struck out two.
Katelyn Martin scorched Shippensburg for eight points, Caitlin Pettit rolled up seven points and Kathleen Sheehan powered in five goals as West Chester broke a 6-6 halftime draw to whip Shippensburg Sat-urday 16-10.
The victory gave the Golden Rams a perfect 12-0 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference record with an overall mark of 15-2. The 15 victories overall and 12 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wins are both school records.
The West Chester University softball team posted a 0-1-1 mark on Tuesday afternoon vs. Millersville in a PSAC East twinbill on South Campus. The Golden Rams lost the opener 4-3 and tied the nightcap 8-8 before running out of daylight.
West Chester rallied for three runs in the home seventh in game one, but the comeback fell one short in a 4-3 loss. Andrea Pappas and Falan Glynn each had two hits, while Kim Fulmer roped a doubles.
In the nightcap, the Golden Rams and Millersville dead-locked at 8-8 after nine innings. Pappas was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, while Jackie Ludwig was 2 for 5 with two runs scored. She and Erin Davis each had a double.
Shippensburg University scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the eight-run rule as the Red Raiders defeated the Golden Rams of West Chester 8-0 Friday afternoon in Shippensburg, PA.
The PSAC Eastern Division loss dropped WCU to 6-14-1 in the conference and 12-23-1 overall. Shippensburg is 39-3 overall and 20-1 in the PSAC East.
The Red Raiders scored twice in the first inning to build a quick 2-0 lead, then tacked on three more in the fourth. Jackie Ludwig took the loss for WCU, but the Golden Ram standout hurler slammed a double to provide WCU with one of the team’s two base hits. Andrea Pappas had the other one.
On Saturday afternoon at WCU’s South Campus Softball Complex, Glynn smashed a game-tying three-run homer as West Chester rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Bloomsburg 4-3.
In took 16 tries and four years for Glynn and her four-year senior teammates to finally beat Bloomsburg, but little did she realize how devastating her home run would be to the Huskies.
Glynn made tomorrow’s twinbill at Mansfield meaning-less by ending Bloomsburg’s playoff hopes with a singles swing of the bat.
Down 3-0 in the fifth, Glynn actually tied the game with her home run, setting the stage for a wild sixth that saw Erin Davis creep a single to the outfield, move to second on a wild pitch, then score on another single to right by Megan Fuller that saw her get thrown out at second base. The entire menagerie produced a run that ended four years of WCU frustration and killed off any PSAC Playoff hopes for the Huskies.
Jackie Ludwig scattered 13 hits to claim the win. Glynn was 2 for 2 with three RBI, the home run, a run scored and a walk.
West Chester University senior multi-event athletes Tanya Novik (Mohnton/Governor Mifflin) and Rick Periandi (Fleetwood/Blandon) each placed West Chester University on the Penn Relays map Wednesday afternoon with a pair of top finishes in their respective events.
Periandi placed ninth in the decathlon with a personal best 5181 points, while Novik took eighth place in the heptathlon with an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark of 4428 points.
The two athletes are a couple who often train together for the events.
Novik posted a time of 15.75 in the hurdles, registered a 5 feet, 2 inch high jump mark, recorded a 25.90 200-meter result and recorded a 2:22.69 in the 800 meters. All of those times also qualified her for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships in those particular events.
Periandi won two of the 10 events contested, including the 400m (50.80) on Tuesday and the 1500m on Wednesday (4:37.02).