CARY, N.C. — Jack Provine hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning that broke a 5-5 tie and sparked a nine-run rally over the final two innings leading West Chester to a 13-7 victory against Southern New Hampshire on Monday night in a winners bracket contest of the Division II Baseball Championship at the USA Baseball National Training Center.
West Chester erased two separate deficits to come from behind and pick up the win. The Rams are the first team to advance to the final four of the tournament on Thursday. It is the furthest the Golden Rams have ventured in the Division II Baaseball Championship in three trips.
The Golden Rams came alive with four runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth to seal the victory. Southern New Hampshire went to its closer, Alex Powers, to start the eighth. However, West Chester battered the Penmen’s closer around with three doubles and Provine’s homer, before Powers exited having allowed four runs while retiring just one batter.
Matt McAllister (6-0) pitched 2.1 innings in relief to get the win for West Chester on the mound. Kyle Weary (6) came on to pitch the eighth and ninth for his sixth save of the season. Powers (5-2) had only allowed four runs on the season before the Golden Rams tagged him for that many in one-third of an inning.
Joe Wendle went 3-for-6 with a triple and a double. Provine and Reid Pulford each finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. Josh Heyne was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of walks. He reached base safely in all five trips to the plate Thursday night.