Sunday, March 9, 2014
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Westminster College softball team went 2-0 in day one of its Florida Trip on Sunday. The Titans, won 4-1, versus Wheaton (Mass.), followed by an 11-4 win versus Albion.
Westminster junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) had a dominant performance in game one as she gave up only one run off four hits in a complete-game effort. Smith struck-out three batters and walked two.
Westminster, up 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning, added insurance after sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) connected on a 2-RBI single down the right field line.
The Titans scored one run in the second, one in the third, and two in the fifth. Westminster out-hit Wheaton, 11-4.
In game two, Westminster came out swinging in the bottom of the first inning which produced five runs. Titan senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) capped off the charge with a 2-run RBI single to center field with two outs. Westminster scored three more runs in the fourth and in the sixth.
Senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) led the Titan offense with a game-high four RBI, including a double. Forrest picked up the win as she came in for relief for four innings, giving up only one hit with no runs. Forrest walked one batter and struck out three.
The Titans will continue their 10-game Florida Trip tomorrow when the play Beloit at 9 a.m. and Washington (Md.) at 1p.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 378 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.