Mon. Jan 24th, 2022

The Lady Rams went a mediocre 3-3 this past week against Lincoln, East Stroudsburg, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania to fall to 2-4 in the conference and 19-16 overall.

Up first for the Golden Rams were the winless Lady Lions from Lincoln (0-14) Wednesday afternoon. In the first of two games, the ladies used an eight run spurt in the fifth inning to take a commanding 11-0 lead and effectively end the game due to the mercy rule.

The Rams were led by superior pitching as Kate Skokowski (5-2) pitched five flawless innings as she allowed only four hits while striking out seven. Offensively, the girls spread out the hitting as five different batters had two hits. Lincoln had no answer for the three Jessica’s as leftfielder Jessica Russ, third basemen Jessica Schuck, and shortstop Jessica Norris combined for 5 for 9 with four RBIs, and five runs scored.

The Golden Rams picked up right where they left off in the second game as each player batted twice in the first inning as they pushed across 13 runs, followed by an additional four in the second and fourth to win 21-0.

Kim Murl (5-5) allowed only one hit in five strong innings but this game was all about the hitting. The ladies piled up 18 hits with four of them landing behind the outfield fence. Centerfielder Melissa Spinosa and Schuck both homered and finished the game with four RBIs.

Next up for the Golden Rams was a doubleheader from visiting PSAC East foe, East Stroudsburg (7-16, 3-3), Friday afternoon. In the opener, the ladies pushed across a run in the second and held onto the lead for most of the game until ESU managed three runs in the fifth, and their comeback attempt fell short as they lost 3-2.

Devon Utterback (8-9) picked up the loss after pitching five and a third innings, giving up three runs on four hits, before being relieved by Skokowski. West Chester managed only two hits the entire game as both Kelly Anderson and Schuck recorded doubles.

In the nightcap, the Lady Rams responded very well to the tough loss earlier in the day, as they jumped out to a four run lead after two innings. One more in the fifth and three in the sixth pushed it to eight, effectively ending the game due to the eight run rule.

Skokowski picked the victory going the distance while allowing five hits and no walks. Norris hit her first homer of the year as she went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the offense.

On Saturday, the Lady Rams traveled to IUP (14-8-1) to take on the Crimson Hawks in a doubleheader. In the first game, the ladies had no answer for IUP’s dominant pitching as they only scraped out three singles and failed to record a run as they lost 8-0 in five innings.

Utterback picked up the loss as she pitched four innings, allowing seven runs off five hits while striking out two. Murl relieved Utterback in the fifth but did not record an out as she gave up two hits and the eighth and final run, ending the game. Norris, Abby Block and Megan Kelly were the only Rams to reach base, but all three failed to cross the plate.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the bats woke up and West Chester scored one in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t prevent the Crimson Hawks from scoring two in the bottom frame as they were swept out of Indiana 11-10.

Skokowski was roughed up in the five and two-thirds innings she pitched before being lifted for Utterback, who picked up the loss. Skokowski gave up nine runs on 14 hits while walking and striking out two. Utterback came in and pitched one and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Offensively, the Lady Rams woke up after sleeping through the first game. Norris went 3 for 4 with a home run and stolen base to go with two runs and three RBIs. Schuck went 3 for 5 with two runs and a double. Right fielder Kim Begley went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs.

The struggling Lady Rams face one conference opponent in the upcoming week and hope to rebound as they head into the home stretch of their schedule.

On Tuesday, the ladies begin a four game road trip with a doubleheader against PSAC East rival Shippensburg.

On Thursday, the Lady Rams will be playing two nonconference games against Holy Family, and finish up the week at home in another nonconference matchup with Gannon on Saturday.

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

 

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