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Baseball: Titans Take Series vs. Thiel; Grow Breaks Single Season Saves Record

Sunday, April 21, 2013

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team took the series finale against Thiel on Sunday, with a score of 11-9.  The Titans improve to 13-18 (5-10 PAC), while the Tomcats fall to 18-15 (11-6 PAC) for the season. 

The Titans battled back from deficits of 5-1 and later 8-6 to eventually earn the win.  Clutch hitting led the Titans with innings of five and six runs scored, which accounted for all of the team's runs.

The Titans took their first lead of the game on a two RBI single by senior Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) in the fourth inning.  Those two runs scored marked the sixth runs that the Titans brought home in the inning.  Allen went 2-5 on the day with two RBIs.  Thiel fought back scoring runs in the fourth and seventh, to retake the lead 8-6.  In the top of the eighth the Titans plated five runs to take the lead 11-8.  A three RBI double by senior Chris Ross (West Pittsburgh, PA / New Castle) broke the 8-8 tie.  Ross led the offense and finished the day with four RBIs, while going 3-5.  Sophomore Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) was 2-4 on the day with three RBIs and a walk.

Senior pitcher Andy Wallen (Erie, PA / Iroquios) got the win for the Titans, his third on the year and second in two days.  Wallen pitched four innings in relief, allowing just three hits and one earned run. 

Senior closer Nick Grow (North East, PA / North East) earned the save, pitching the final 1.2 innings and striking out three.  Grow's save, his sixth on the year, breaks a single season record previously held by Ethan Yeager.  In addition, Grow is now tied atop the career saves leaders with Yeager at nine.

The Titans are back in action April 24 at Geneva for a single nine inning game, starting at 4:00 PM.

This release was written by Nick Grow ('13), senior accounting major

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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