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WCU Takes Both From East Stroudsburg on Saturday

(Coyle Left, Cipolla Right, West Chester)

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Coming off a 13-3 non-conference victory at home over Chestnut Hill on Thursday, the West Chester University baseball team returned to Serpico Field on Saturday afternoon to entertain East Stroudsburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) doubleheader.

Junior Joey Coyle (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) came through with a game-winning hit in extra innings to give the Golden Rams the 4-3 victory to start the day, before WCU went off for 14 runs in the nightcap to earn the 14-6 victory in game two and complete the conference sweep of the Warriors on Saturday.

Today's two victories bump the Golden Rams to 14-6 overall and 3-3 in PSAC play, while Saturday's sweep puts East Stroudsburg at 13-9 on the year behind a 3-3 mark in league action.

Game One: West Chester – 4 | East Stroudsburg – 3

  • After starter Mike Cipolla (Newark, De / Charter School of Wilmington) kept the visitors off the board in the opening half inning, the Golden Rams managed to put the first run of the game on the board in the bottom of the frame thanks to a RBI single by Jared Melone (North Wales, Pa. / North Penn).
  • With two outs in the first, West Chester turned two ESU errors into two more runs to push its advantage to 3-0 through one inning of action.
  • The score remained 3-0 for the next two innings, until the Warriors scored on a two-RBI from Christian Rishel and a home run from Carson Freeman in the fourth frame to knot the game at 4-4.
  • Melone singled in the seventh to put the winning run on base for the Golden Rams but he was left stranded following a strikeout to force extra innings at Serpico Field.
  • With two outs in the eighth, Jon Hansen (Cherry Hill, N.J. / George Mason) doubled to put the winning run on base and Corey Webb (Easton, Pa. / Easton) followed with a walk to give the home team two runners on with two outs. Coyle then stepped to the dish and sent a long drive out to left field to score Hansen from second and give the Golden Rams the 4-3 victory in the opener.

Melone went 2-for-4 in the game with a RBI and a run, while Zach Sheranko (Tannersville, Pa. / Pocono Mountain East) knocked in a team-high two RBI to start the afternoon.

On the mound, Cipolla tossed his first complete game of the season and improved to 3-1 on the year after allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 8.0 innings tossed.

Game Two: West Chester – 14 | East Stroudsburg – 6

  • The Golden Rams wasted no time getting on the board in game two, as a two-RBI single by Sheranko sparked a five-run frame to put the home team in front 5-0.
  • The Warriors added three runs over the next two innings to trim the WCU advantage down to two (5-3), before Hansen doubled in Shane Dressler (York Haven, Pa. / Red Land) and was brought in after a single to right by Bill Ford (Parkside, Pa. / Malvern Prep) to extend the home team's cushion to 8-3 through three.
  • Drew Jarmuz (Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville) added to the Golden Rams' lead in the fourth, singling to right to drive in Dressler and put West Chester on top 9-3 heading into the fifth frame.
  • After ESU tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth, West Chester slammed the door on the Warriors in the bottom of the stanza with a big five-run half inning to extend the home team's lead to a sizable 14-5 through six.
  • The Warriors only managed to score one run in the top of the seventh inning to give West Chester the 14-6 win in game two and the Saturday sweep.

Hansen and Coyle both notched four RBI in Saturday's nightcap, with Hansen adding a team-high three hits and three runs scored. Coyle's homer in game two was the second of the year for the junior, while Sheranko's three RBI in the second game gave the senior five total RBI on Saturday.

Zach Rice (Honey Brook, Pa. / Twin Valley) got his team-best fourth win (4-1) of the season after surrendering five runs (all earned) on nine hits with a career-high seven strikeouts in six innings pitched.

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