West Chester University’s baseball team (3-1) continued with their hot hitting on Sunday, Feb. 26 to wrap up their beginning of the season tournament in Dinwiddie, Va. with a 20-15 slugfest win against Philadelphia University (0-4).
Right-handed sophomore Tim Edwards (1-0) was able to pick up his first win of the season in four innings of relief for senior righty Andrew Gernert as he was able to go four innings himself in his first outing of the season.
The Rams were able to produce six runs in the first inning and maintained that lead all the way through, scoring multiple runs in five of the nine innings.
Shortstop Nick Ward led the way for the purple and gold, going a perfect 3-3 for the plate with five runs scored, two RBIs and two walks.
Freshman catcher Corey Webb was able to add three hits of his own with three RBIs, while three other Rams recorded three RBI nights as well.
Gernert was capable of going four innings in his first start, before facing seven batters in the fifth inning and giving up five earned runs prior to being taken out.
Edwards came in relief for Gernert in the fifth and pitched the Rams out of trouble and went four more innings, striking out six batters while only walking one and giving up three earned runs.
Left-hander Dalton Reed came on in the ninth inning in a non-save situation to wrap up the game for West Chester, allowing four runs on four hits, but the Rams were already able to stretch their lead to 20-11 by the final inning of play.
The West Chester baseball team will be traveling down to Florida this upcoming weekend as they begin play in the Russmatt Invitational, before returning back to West Chester for their first home game of the season on March 17.
Maxwell Randolph can be reached at MR829829@wcupa.edu.