SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Angelo State baseball team is heading back to the NCAA Division II College World Series, a place they've been before but now they are eagerly trying to claim themselves as champions.
Since the beginning of the season, winning two more games than they won last year has been the goal for head coach Kevin Books and his team. Last season the Rams fell short against Wingate in their last two games, ending their season with a 44-9 overall record.
The Rams who are now 50-12 this season were able to avoid elimination on Saturday defeating Colorado Mesa 16-6. The Rams took an 8-12 loss in the first game of the three-game series but quickly bounced back with two dominant wins(12-3,16-6).
"I thought we didn't play like ourselves on Friday, we felt like we didn't play normal Angelo State caliber baseball. We knew the odds of us doing that two days in a row weren't good, so we felt very confident that we would come back out and play like us," Brooks said.
The Rams have been led by mostly seniors this season who have provided great leadership for the team. Outfielder Koby Kelton, who has been with the team for two years, says now that the team is back in the series they have to continue to play good baseball.
"Everything we've been doing the whole season to get us here to this moment we've been practicing a lot and it's a long road to get here but we have to take it day by day and keep playing harder," Kelton said.
The taste of defeat from last season is still lingering in the mouths of the Rams but hopefully, it's a loss they won't have to experience again.
The Rams will face off against Southern New Hampshire at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday in Cary, North Carolina.