Wednesday, April 9, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) earned two wins, while not giving up any runs, guiding Westminster in its Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) home doubleheader sweep against Saint Vincent on Wednesday.
Westminster (13-9, 3-3 PAC) won game one, 1-0, and game two, 4-3. Smith got the starting nod in game one and only gave up five hits, while tying a career-high eight strike outs, in a complete-game effort. In game two, Smith came in for relief and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, while only surrendering one hit. Smith is tied for first in the PAC with a team-best 8-3 record on the year.
Senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) scored the game-winner in game one with a double to center field, scoring freshman Francesca Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln) who got in with an infield single. Saint Vincent (16-8, 2-4 PAC) threatened in the sixth with a runner on third and one out. Smith, however, struck out Bearcat Breanne Wallace after a hard fought battle and retired the next batter with a ground out. Smith ended the game with style as she struck out the side.
In the nightcap, Westminster scored its first run in the top of the second inning when sophomore Brenna Guard (Davenport, IA / Davenport Central) connected on a two-out-RBI-double to center field, scoring freshman Cassandra Patterson (Navarre, OH / Tuslaw).
The Titans took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) singled in Squelch and sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) scored senior Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls) with a sacrifice fly. The Bearcats managed to tie the game, 3-3, after one run in the third inning and two in the sixth. Westminster regained the lead with the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh when senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) hit a two-out-RBI-double to center field, scoring senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek).
Westminster will travel to Bethany tomorrow for a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set 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 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.