West Chester claims 2009 Bill Giles Invitational title
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The West Chester University Golden Rams defeated the Wilmington University Wildcats 8-4 in the 9th Annual Bill Giles Invitational championship game at Citizens Bank Park. This is the second consecutive year, and sixth time overall, that the Golden Rams won the elite Division II baseball tournament. The teams were evenly matched the entire game. Home runs by Matt Cotellese and Kevin McGrath put the Golden Rams ahead 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning. Wilmington University evened things up on Mike Godwin's solo home run and took the lead after Jordan Oncay doubled and scored on a single by Phil Aviola.
The score remained 4-3 heading into the top of the ninth inning. After Wilmington recorded the first out, West Chester's bats came back alive. Back to back to back doubles in the top of the ninth by Charlie Kelly, Matt Baer and Joe Wendle helped West Chester reclaim the lead and the championship title.
The Bill Giles Invitational was introduced in 2001 and is a college Division II baseball tournament. Taking part in the tournament are West Chester University, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia University and Wilmington College.
For the fifth time in six years, the West Chester University Golden Rams raised the Bill Giles Invitational trophy after defeating the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Devils 7-6.
2008 - West Chester University
2007 - Wilmington College
2006 - West Chester University
2005 - West Chester University
2004 - West Chester University
2003 - West Chester University
2002 - Philadelphia University
2001 - Philadelphia University