Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Westminster College softball team swept its 2017 season-opening Florida games, the start of its 10-game Rebel Spring Games Florida trip, on Friday. The Titans won, 3-1, against Muskingum in game one and won, 6-5, against Bluffton in game two.
Against Muskingum (2-7), the Titans scored two runs in the first inning. Both teams scored a run in the fifth. The Muskies outhit the Titans 8-4. In the first, sophomore Kailey Liverman (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) singled in senior Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) for the first run of the game. Junior Addie Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) scored senior Checka Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln) off a single for the second run of the game. Westminster added insurance when junior Courtney Cohen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) brought Lindsey home with a single in the fifth. Titan junior pitcher Jazmyn Rohrer (Purcellville, VA / Woodgrove) (1-0) gave up one run in five innings on five hits. She registered five strike outs and had six walks. Junior Emiley Westfall (Jefferson, OH / Perry) earned the save after pitching a scoreless seventh.
Against Bluffton (6-3), the Beavers took an early 1-0 lead after an RBI-walk in the first inning. Dieterich tied the game with an RBI-triple in the fourth, scoring Liverman. Westfall put the Titans in front, 2-1, after bringing Liverman home with a ground out. Bluffton regained the lead, 3-2, after a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Dieterich tied the game at three with an RBI-double in the sixth, scoring sophomore Emily Secrist (Chambersburg, PA / Chambersburg Area). Later in the inning, Dieterich scored on a throwing error and the Titans led 4-3. Bluffton's Josie McElroy connected on a two-run double in the sixth, to put the Beavers ahead 5-4. In the seventh inning, Liverman delivered a two-out-two-run-double, scoring Lindsey and Dieterich, putting Westminster back in front, 6-5. In its last at-bat, Bluffton had the bases loaded with one out, however, Titan first-year pitcher Kayla Troxil (Canfield, OH / Canfield) sealed the win after forcing a fly out and a ground out. Troxil (1-0) earned the win after coming in for relief. She pitched six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. Troxil struck out one and walked three. For the game, Westminster outhit Bluffton, 12-9.
Westminster (2-0) continues its Florida trip on Saturday, March 11. The Titans play Wheaton (Mass.) at 1:30 p.m., followed by New Jersey at 3:45 p.m.