Thursday, April 17, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team split with Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Grove City in a home doubleheader on Tuesday. The Titans lost, 3-2, in game one and won, 1-0, in the nightcap.
Westminster (19-11, 9-5) held a 2-0 lead going into the top of the fourth inning in game one. Grove City (6-19, 2-12), however, cut the Titans' lead to 2-1 with a run in the fourth and took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the seventh. The Wolverines managed to score the final two runs while occupying the Titan defense with a rundown after a walk on back-to-back plays. Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (10-5) pitched a complete game, while giving up three runs (only one earned) off seven hits. Smith struck out three batters and walked two.
In game two, Westminster sophomore pitcher Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) (7-4) pitched a gem as she only gave up four hits in the complete-game-shutout win. Forrest struck out four batters and walked none. The Titans scored the lone run of the game in the fourth inning when freshman Francesca Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln) singled home sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry).
Westminster will host Penn. State-Altoona on Monday in a non-conference 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.