Tuesday, April 9, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team won its sixth-straight game on Tuesday as they swept Penn-State Behrend in a non-conference matchup. The Titans won game one, 4-1, and game two, 4-3.
Westminster improved to 11-9 overall, while the Nittany Lions dropped to 7-15.
The Titans had a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in game one when senior Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) doubled in two runs, scoring seniors Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) and Olet Stasko (McDonald, PA / West Allegheny).
After the Nittany Lions scored their lone run in the top of the third, the Titans added insurance in the bottom half of the frame when senior Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) connected on a two-run RBI double to left field. Junior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) and Carpenter scored on the play.
Brown picked up her fifth win on the season as she pitched 4.0 innings and gave up only one run off five hits, striking out eight batters. Sophomore Carly Leffakis (Pittsburgh, PA / North Catholic) earned the save, pitching in 3.0 innings and only giving up one hit.
Westminster was down, 2-0, in game two in the bottom of the fourth inning, however it scored three runs to take the lead. After a run from junior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional), Stoczynski scored a run with a sacrifice fly. Freshman Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) scored the Titans' third run with an RBI-single.
Titan freshman Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) got the win as she pitched 4.0 innings and gave up two runs off three hits, striking out three batters and walking one. Forrest picked up the save as she threw 3.0 innings and only gave up one hit and one run.
Westminster will face Thiel tomorrow in a Presidents' Athletic doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.