West Chester Two Wins Away From Division 2 College World Series Title
By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – West Chester is sitting pretty down in Cary, North Carolina at the Division II College World Series.
The Golden Rams are 2-0 so far in the double-elimination format. They followed up a 4-0 win over Chico State in their opener on Saturday with a stirring rally to beat Southern New Hampshire on Monday night, 13-7. West Chester trailed 5-4 heading into the 8th inning, but they would score nine runs over the final two frames to grab the victory.
The biggest blow in that game came in the 8th inning when senior outfielder Jack Provine picked a magical time for his first home run of the season. His two-run blast snapped a 5-5 tie and the Golden Rams never looked back.
“Thought process is – absolutely pumped up,” Provine tells KYW Newsradio of the moments after he hit the home run. “Jacked up, I’m running around the bases, first home run like you said and I’m just happy that I’m taking the lead for the team, we took the lead.”
The Golden Rams are playing their best baseball at the most important time. These two wins at the World Series come on the heels of a dominant 4-0 performance at the Atlantic Regional and Provine says the success is no accident.
“Really tight, cohesive group. We play pitch-by-pitch. It starts with the coach. (First year) Coach (Jad Prachniak) has been doing an awesome job this year. We just play together.”
West Chester is now off until Thursday night. Their next opponent is still to be determined.
The Golden Rams need just two more victories in Cary to win a National Championship, but Provine says he isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“I’m looking forward to the next game. I’m looking forward to seeing who we’re playing next and focused on that game. Everybody’s focused on that one game. That’s how we play.”
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