CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- Senior Megan Kelly one-out single in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded plated junior Ali Vavala with the game-winning run, and only run of the contest, in a 1-0 victory for West Chester against Bloomsburg in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region 1 tournament on Friday afternoon at Lilley Field.
West Chester (37-19) advances into the winner's bracket of the regional and will play host and 12th-ranked California (Pa.) on Saturday morning. Bloomsburg (27-18) will face Winston-Salem State on Saturday in an elimination game.
The Golden Rams strung together four consecutive hits following an out to lead off the seventh, finally getting to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division freshman of the year pitcher Taylor Parker.
With the win, West Chester has now won eight of its past nine games at Lilley Field, dating back to 2011. Lost in the euphoria of the Golden Rams' NCAA tournament-opening win was Lokey's 300th career victory at West Chester. The 11-year mentor is the school's all-time winningest coach already. West Chester improves to 5-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament.