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Baseball: Titans Sweep Susquehanna in Season Opener in Florida

Sunday, March 3, 2013

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Westminster College baseball team started out the 2013 season in its Spring Training trip with a double header sweep of Susquehanna. The Titans had a strong debut with a 9-0 shutout in game one, followed by a 10-4 win in game two. Westminster improved to 2-0 on the year, while the Crusaders dropped to 0-4. 

In game one, Westminster was led by the arm of junior pitcher Ron Sullivan (Boardman, OH/Canfield) who went the complete game.  Sullivan earned his first win of the season, while going a full seven innings, striking out seven, and surrendering only six hits. 

On offense, sophomore Duncan Watt (Pickering, ON, Canada/Dunbarton) led the Titans in his first collegiate start. Watt went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and added a stolen base. 

Westminster jumped to an early lead in the first inning scoring a run when senior Ty Miller (Clinton ,PA/Hopewell) drove in Watt, after a bases loaded error.  The Titans started to pull away in the fifth inning up 2-0, when a two-out single by senior Eric Dunn (Freeport, PA/Freeport) drove in two runners and pushed the lead to four runs.  At the end of the fifth, the Westminster would end up scoring a total of five runs and lead 7-0.

In game two, the Titans jumped out to a six-run lead in the first with two RBI singles by both Ty Miller and sophomore Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills). Heck led the offense going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases.  He finished the day with a team-best .800 batting average (4-5) and three stolen bases.

Junior pitcher Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA/Laurel) started the game and earned his first win of the season, going four innings with seven strikeouts.  Senior pitcher Nick Grow (North East, PA/North East) closed out the game for the Titans, pitching the final two innings of the game and earning his first save of the season.

The Titans are back in action tomorrow with a double header against Marywood.  First pitch is scheduled for 8:45 am.

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 Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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