Wednesday, April 4, 2012
GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team, under the guidance of veteran head coach Carmen Nocera, showed on Wednesday that their nationally ranked pitching is not the only weapon in their arsenal. The Titans put on an offensive showcase as they topped Grove City 21-4 in a nine-inning conference matchup. The Titans' offense produced 23 hits, including four home runs for the game. Westminster led 7-0 after three inning and then broke open the game with seven runs in the top of the fourth.
The Titans stayed first in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) with 15-7 overall and 6-0 conference records. The Wolverines dropped to 4-17 overall and 2-7 in the PAC.
Sophomore pitcher Ron Sullivan (Boardman, OH / Canfield) got the win and is now 3-0 on the year. Sullivan pitched five innings and gave up one run off three hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Westminster homered four times, led by junior Tyler Robinson (Creston, PA / Norwayne) who hit the ball over the fence in the second inning and in the fourth. Coming into tonight's game, Robinson had one career home run. Senior David Schafer (Hermitage, PA / Hickory) connected on a three-run home run in the third inning. Two innings later, senior Tim Wiand (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts) hit a solo homer in the sixth.
Seven different Titan players had multiple RBIs. Robinson and Schafer led with three RBIs each. Earning two RBIs was senior Steve Perrotta (New Castle, PA / New Castle), Wiand, junior Chris Ross (West Pittsburg, PA / New Castle), and senior Ethan Yeager (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts). Also earning two RBIs was freshman John Jones (Ligonier, PA / Ligonier Valley) who recorded his first collegiate hit and RBI of his career.
The Titans look to stay atop of the league as they host Geneva (11-12, 5-6) tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Westminster Field.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.