May 24, 2009

Courtesy West Chester University

CARY, N.C. - Lynn University scored a pair of runs in the the first, third and fourth innings and starting pitcher Dan Wright tossed eight strong innings to defeat fourth-ranked West Chester University, 7-3, in the opener for both schools at the 2009 NCAA Division II College World Series at the U.S. Baseball Training Complex Sunday evening.

West Chester (46-11) saw its 10-game winning streak snapped and will play UC San Diego on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. Lynn (43-16) moves into the winner's bracket and will face Dowling on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

"We flat out got beat today," West Chester head coach Greg Mamula said afterwards. "Dan Wright threw a great game for them today. We knew early on that we were going to have to earn every run off of him."

Wright (14-2) pitched into the ninth, improving his NCAA-best win total to 14 on the year. He allowed two runs on eight hits, throwing 98 pitches. He retired 13 consecutive batters from the third inning to the seventh. A Matt Cotellese solo home run was the only blemish to the Knights' ace until he ran out of gas in the ninth.

"The first couple of innings, I left pitches up (in the strike zone)," Wright commented. "I started to relax a little bit after the third inning. I was able to keep the ball down in the zone and get ground balls."

Cotellese hit his 11th home run of the season in the bottom of the first that cut Lynn's deficit in half after the Fighting Knights struck for two tallies in their first at bats.

"It was a fastball up," Cotellese said of his home run to right-center. "But, he never missed over the plate, and he consistently got ahead of batters. That's why he was so successful tonight."

Lynn battered West Chester starter Bret Moyer (10-2) for six runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings before being knocked out of the ballgame. Conor Kerins, Carmen Daddario and Eric Carmichael followed Moyer to the mound and limited the Knights to just one run on five hits the rest of the way.

"Our bullpen pitched great," Mamula said. "They gave us an opportunity to get back in the ballgame."

Blair Dameron went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Golden Rams. Bob Stumpo was 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the ninth.

Gabe MacDougall hit a two-run homer in the third inning for Lynn. The Knights rapped out 13 hits in all. Chad Crowe, Kyle Holloway, Paddy Matera, Daniel Flores and Douglas Toro each recorded a pair of hits.

West Chester falls to 1-3 all-time at the College World Series. The Golden Rams were 1-2 in the 2006 national finals.