WCU Baseball Team Punches Its Ticket to National Championships … Again

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West Chester University (WCU) is once again bound for the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championships in Cary, N.C.

The Golden Rams (34-13) are making their fifth trip to the national championships in the last 17 years.

West Chester University will take on North Greenville in the eight-team, double-elimination national championships on Sunday, June 5 at 6 PM at the U.S. Baseball National Training Center.

The Golden Rams won the title in 2012 and 2017.

Other matchups at the national championships include:

  • Point Loma (Calif.) vs. Illinois-Springfield
  • Southern Arkansas vs. Rollins (Fla.)
  • Southern New Hampshire vs. Angelo State

All of the games at the national finals will be streamed live on NCAA.com. Fans can also navigate the tournament web page where links to the broadcasts, live stats, and post-game press conferences will be available.

WCU’s first opponent, North Greenville, competes in Conference Carolinas, and though the two schools have never played, the Golden Rams sport a 2-2 record against the Conference Carolinas in the NCAA Tournament.

WCU is led by all-region selections Zack Wright, of Columbus, N.J., and Mike Ferrara, an Archbishop Wood graduate from Jamison. Wright broke the school’s single-season record for stolen bases (39) while helping the Golden Rams shatter the school’s single-season team mark with 154 steals. He is hitting .311 and is tied for seventh on the school’s single-season chart for walks. Ferrara’s 22 doubles are fourth in a single season at WCU, and his 64 runs batted in are also fourth.

The pitching rotation is highlighted by left-handed ace Braeden Fausnaught, a Danville native who set a new school record with 17 starts on the mound and shattered the single-season strikeout mark with 121 whiffs in 95 innings. He is 9-2 with a 3.30 ERA and is eight innings away from WCU’s single-season record for innings pitched. Righty Joe Sperone, a Broomall native and Cardinal O’Hara graduate, is 8-2 on the year with a 3.53 ERA.