It was a back and forth kind of week for the West Chester University baseball team as they split three separate double headers. The first of these came Tuesday afternoon, as the Rams took on non-league opponent Shippensburg University on their home diamond.West Chester took the first of the two contests 4-2, behind the strong pitching of Greg Ball, lasting the entire game allowing only five hits. They got out to a quick lead, scoring all four runs in the first two innings, thanks to the great offense of Matt Cotellese and Blair Dameron, and let Ball do the rest, earning his second victory of the season.
Shippensburg was able to salvage the night cap after a burst of offense late in the game, scoring eight in the last three innings, to shut the Golden Rams out 9-0.
The next split series took place Friday night, as the rival Bloomsburg Huskies came to town. The first of these two games ended in Bloomsburg’s favor, 8-3, as a late offensive surge and good pitching held West Chester at bay.
The Golden Rams came back later in the second match-up to end the day at .500. Ace Jason Bowman took the victory, adding to his perfect 8-0 record as a starter this season, in addition to four strikeouts. Matt Cotellese added his eighth homerun of the season to give the guys a 10-3 win.
The last series of the week was another double-header against Bloomsburg, this time in their home field. And once again, West Chester split the night.
A strong pitching performance by David Slusser helped lead West Chester over the Huskies 3-2 in the first game. Slusser only allowed one run in five innings during his seventh win of the season. Eric Carmichael came in to close it out, earning his sixth save of the season, a new school record.
West Chester fell 10-7 in the final game of the weekend, but not without a fight. After a rough start, as Bloomsburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead, the Rams pulled it back together. They came back to within 8-7, before two unearned runs by the Huskies in the sixth put it out of reach.
Matt Cotellese and Blair Dameron kept their hot bats going, as each had a home run of their own. Cotellese was 4 for 6 during the two games, and Dameron was 2 for 4.
The Golden Rams have five games this week. One game against the University of Sciences next Thursday, and two double headers against Kutztown, one Friday afternoon, and the other takes place on Saturday.
Ryan Frisco is a first-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at RF648257@wcupa.edu.