Sun. Jan 16th, 2022

A funny thing happened on the Golden Ram baseball team’s march to 15-0 behind nearly un-hittable pitching; the bats decided to come alive. West Chester is currently the only team in the top 10 in the Collegiate Baseball Division II poll that is undefeated. The Golden Rams rank 9th in the current poll.

During the first week of the season, WCU struggled during frigid temperatures both in Myrtle Beach and up north, to find offensive consistency. The firepower is lacking no more, as five starters are currently hitting above .300 for the year. Kyle Bechter is leading the charge, batting .449 with one home run and 10 RBI.

Through the early part of this season West Chester rode it’s pitching staff’s collective 2.42 era to a perfect start. Against Bryant on March 15 Junior right handed starter Jason Bowman threw a two hit shutout against the Bulldogs at Serpico Stadium. Bowman’s strong outing lowered his era to 1.88 en route to his fourth victory of the season.

It took just 77 pitches for Bowman to dispose of the Bryant offense, as West Chester prevailed in game two of a twin bill 3-0, giving up no walks and striking out eight of the 25 batters he faced.

Collectively The Golden Rams out hit Bryant 7-2, and scattered three runs throughout the game. Frank Nunan managed two hits and notched a run batted in, while Bechter scored his 18th run of the year.

West Chester took part in a hit parade during game one, tallying six runs on eight hits during a 6-4 win over Bryant. 3B Kevin McGrath and C Bob Stumpo each knocked in two runs during the contest.

Chris Powl earned his third victory of the season, throwing a complete game, scattering six hits while striking out four in the win.

West Chester takes on Pace today at 1pm in a double header at Serpico Stadium and closes out the week with home double header matchups against both Columbia Union on Thursday and California on Saturday. First pitch in both games is slated for 1p.m.

Matt Lombardo is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at ML606516@wcupa.edu

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