The West Chester University Golden Rams (24-9, 12-2 PSAC East) split a doubleheader against division rival Kutztown University on a windy Saturday afternoon, after defeating Widener University earlier in the week. Kutztown’s bats beat up on the Rams in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader by defeating West Chester 13-6. Rams starter Greg Ball only lasted one and 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on four hits and walking two. Billy Huntzinger came on in relief; however, he could not slow down Kutztown’s bats either. Huntzinger pitched three and 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on six hits and walked two batters.
Steve Richter pitched the final two innings and only gave up one run on one hit while striking out two.
After two and a half innings of play the Rams were down 10-0. Blair Dameron’s three-run homerun cut the deficit to seven but the Rams were unable to come back. Nick Spisak, Kyle Orensky and Joe Wendle each finished the day with an RBI.
In game two of the doubleheader the Rams came out roaring in the first, putting up three early runs en route to an 8-3 victory. After McGrath lined out, Spisak worked a walk, and Cotellese doubled putting runners at second and third with only one out. The next batter Dameron hit another three-run homerun to give the Rams an early lead.
Kutztown struck back immediately putting up three runs of their own to tie the contest after two and half innings of play. In the bottom of the third inning, hits by Orensky, Stumpo, and McGrath put West Chester back on top 7-3.
Starting pitcher Connor Kerins threw six strong innings striking out six batters and giving up just six hits and limited Kutztown’s offense to three runs. Jordan Lehman came on to pitch the seventh inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Dameron finished 1-for-4 with a three-run homerun, Stumpo went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
“Kutztown has a good baseball team,” head coach Greg Mamula said. “We were not excited about splitting the doubleheader with them, but were happy with how we responded in game two after getting beat soundly in game one. We are looking forward to playing them again.”
On Thursday, April 2 the West Chester Golden Rams defeated Widener University 3-1 in a non-league game at Serpico Stadium. The game was scoreless until the Rams came to bat in the home half of the sixth inning. Cotellese and Dameron lead off with back-to-back singles that placed runners at first and third with no outs. Orensky hit a sac-fly to center field that scored Cotellese. Two batters later Charlie Kelly hit a triple to right-center field that plated Dameron.
Widener’s Colin McHale cut West Chester’s lead in half by driving in the lone run for the Pride in the top of the eighth inning. Orensky blasted a solo homerun that gave West Chester some breathing room in their half of the eighth inning. Reliever Jordan Lehman came on in the sixth inning and pitched 1.2 innings of relief to record the win. He gave up just one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out one.
Closer Eric Carmichael pitched 1.2 innings to earn himself his fifth save of the season. Joe Sessa took the loss despite an excellent outing. Sessa threw seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out four batters. Cotellese finished 3-for-4 with a run scored; Orensky was 1-for-2 with two RBI, and Kelly was 2-for-3 with an RBI triple.
West Chester’s junior designated hitter Kyle Orensky was named ECAC Division II baseball player of the week of March 23-29. Orensky had an average of .444 (8-for-18) during the week that saw the Golden Rams go undefeated. West Chester’s designated hitter slugged two homeruns, hit two doubles and knocked in ten runs in the past week.
In the upcoming week the Golden Rams baseball team will be playing away April 8 when they take on Lincoln University in a non-league game. Thursday, April 9 West Chester plays host to non-league opponent Wilmington University starting at 3:30 p.m. The Golden Rams conclude their week when they travel to Tacoma Park, Maryland to take on Columbia Union in a doubleheader on Friday April 10.
West Chester will face Wilmington on Aril 14 at 4 p.m. in the Bill Giles Classic championship game being held at Citizens Bank Park. The game can be heard live and exclusively on 91.7 WCUR.FM.
**The baseball games played on Sunday between West Chester and Kutztown were not finished in time for this issue of The Quad.
Steven Fisher is a second-year student majoring in communications with a minor in Journalism. He can be reached at SF674180@wcupa.edu.