West Chester University softball heads to D2 national finals

Matt Leon
May 23, 2018 - 12:55 pm
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The West Chester University softball team is down in Salem, Virginia, getting ready to open play in the Division II NCAA Softball Championship Finals.

The Golden Rams (45-13) are one of eight teams still standing. They punched their ticket to Salem by winning the Atlantic Regional, capping things off by sweeping Gannon in the Super Regional.

"It's always great to play well," West Chester head coach Diane Lokey said. "And then to win an Atlantic Regional championship on top of it was very satisfying for our program."

West Chester's first game in Salem will be against Angelo State on Thursday afternoon.

"Angelo State was a national runner-up in 2017," Lokey says. "They have a number of their pitchers back, they have over 50 wins (52-7). But we're going into the game not looking at stats, not looking at any of that, just controlling what we can control and preparing the way that we can prepare to do the best that we can."

This is the second time that West Chester has advanced to this point, and Lokey is hoping her current squad can gain insight from the 2014 team that also made it to the finals.

"I asked our 2014 seniors that were at the national tournament to write them some letters," Lokey says. "We've been getting some letters in from them, reading them to the team. They talk about just playing the game like every other game, enjoying the experience. We'll continue to read those letters as we prepare for our game against Angelo State and throughout."

The finals are double elimination. West Chester's game on Thursday against Angelo State is slated to begin at 1:30pm.

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