By George Kerth
The KU baseball team took game one of a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference doubleheader against the West Chester Golden Rams by a score of 2-1.
West Chester started this game off hot, getting two runners on base early in the first inning and scoring a run when designated hitter Shane Dressler singled in shortstop Nick Ward. They gathered two of their five hits in the first inning and scattered their other three hits throughout the rest of the game.
KU’s offense was also very spotty in this game, so they had to rely on small ball to produce in this game. West Chester pitcher Nick Stallings gave a gift to KU when he threw a wild pitch in the third inning. Mike White scored on the pitch to tie the game at one.
The Golden Bears scored their other run in the fifth when third baseman Mike Milazzo hit a sacrifice fly to score left fielder Eric Lane.
With KU’s offense struggling for the majority of the game, they relied on the pitching performances of Matt Swarmer and Anthony DeVito to lead the charge, and they did not disappoint.
Swarmer gave up only three hits and the single West Chester run in the first inning. He continued on to strike out three, but with one out in the third inning, he took a line drive to the head.
He appeared to remain conscious through the rest of the play, but he left the game after being looked at by the training staff. Swarmer ended his day with 2.1 innings pitched, one earned run, three hits and three strikeouts.
Anthony DeVito entered the game for Swarmer in the third inning and looked phenomenal as he finished the game off. He worked the final 4 innings of the game, holding West Chester scoreless. DeVito also struck out six Rams and only allowed two hits.
KU’s leaders on offense included Eric Lane, Mike White and Mike Milazzo. Lane and White both finished the game with a hit, walk and run scored. Milazzo got the only RBI for the Golden Bears on a sacrifice fly, but finished the game hitless.