By Pat Zazzarino
Months of snow can drive many people insane. The Golden Bears’ baseball team has been itching at the chance to get outside and have a winning season, and their record indicates that they are doing just that. However, the players are not the only ones who should have a sense of pride.
KU head coach Chris Blum earned his 400th career win on Thursday, March 20 against Virginia State. According to the KU Bears website, Blum is the all-time winningest baseball coach in KU’s history in his 12 seasons coaching the team.
Blum has amassed much success with the Maroon and Gold. Not only has he led KU in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 winning seasons, but he has also made nine trips to the NCAA regional tournament. He is also the ninth coach in PSAC history to claim 400 wins.
Furthermore, on Saturday, March 22, the Golden Bears played West Chester in back-to-back games, winning the first game 9-0, but losing the second 4-6. Their overall record is 10-4 with a .714 winning percentage. They’re 1-1 in conference play.
In the first game, KU senior Brandon Shimo earned the spotlight. He held a no-hitter for the first 5.1 innings, with only a single in the sixth breaking up the no-hitter.
The bats came out hot as freshman Brandon Cholish hit an RBI single for one of his two hits. Junior Brandon Martinez loaded the bases with a single and senior Kyle Stoudt struck a triple that brought home the remaining two runners on base. Stoudt finished with a game-high three RBIs.
Despite the loss in the second game, Kutztown still fought to make it close. The Golden Bears commanded a 4-2 lead for about five innings, but a flurry of runs hit by the Golden Rams in the sixth earned West Chester the victory.
The team’s assistant coach, Chad Derck, is thrilled that the boys are able to finally play outside in good weather. “We’re tired of being indoors,” said Derck. “The weather has been a huge factor. We’re just anxious to play again, and just chomping at the chance to play.”
The Golden Bears will wrap up their weekend face-off with the Golden Rams on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m.