Tue. Jan 25th, 2022

The Lady Rams improved to 3-1 after handily taking care of business at Bowie State (0-5) in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, coming out victorious 17-0 in the opening game and 23-0 in the nightcap.

West Chester easily dispatched the hosting Bulldogs with both dominating pitching and hitting. In game one, senior pitcher Devon Utterback (1-0) pitched a one-hit gem in which she struck out eight batters over five innings of work. She felt no pressure on the mound as her teammates did more than their fair share, led by junior Kim Begley, who went 3-for-4 with a three-run shot and two runs scored. The game was officially put to rest in the fifth when seven Rams crossed the plate, causing the mercy rule to come into effect.

In game two, senior Kate Skokowski (2-1) went to work on the Bulldogs and experienced success similar to that of Utterback. Skokowski let up only three hits in a shutout effort as the nightcap was even more of a blowout than game one. The game was unofficially over in the second inning when West Chester scored 14 runs in their half of the frame. A total of 19 Lady Rams went to the plate in the second with the team batting around twice before the Bulldogs managed to record the third out. Junior first basemen Jillian Murray homered to highlight the Rams offensive effort, capping off her second game with an extra base hit after recording a double in game one.

West Chester will look to extend their three game winning streak as they will remain on the road this week. After playing a doubleheader against Shepherd University (2-6) on March 3, the ladies will travel to Philadelphia University (0-2) for a pair of contests on Tuesday. The Lady Rams will finish their week by flying to Florida to participate in the NTC Spring Games in which they will play eight games over a four day span. Thursday, they will battle against Grand Valley State (0-0) and University of the Sciences (0-0), followed up by Bloomfield College (0-0) and Cedarville University (2-2) on Friday. Both Thursday’s and Friday’s games will start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Saturday, the Rams will be up early as they face Hillsdale College (0-0) at 9 a.m. followed by Alderson-Broaddus College (2-0) at 1 p.m.

Statistics from the doubleheader were unavailable as this issue went to press. Look for them soon on the athletics website.

Riley Wallace is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies with a journalism minor. He can be reached at RW718681@wcupa.edu.

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