Monday, April 21, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team split with Penn State Altoona in a nonconference home doubleheader on Monday. The Titans won, 3-2, in game one, and lost, 4-1, in the nightcap.
In game one, Penn State Altoona (24-9) capitalized off a Titan error in the first inning and scored two runs. Westminster (20-12) tied the game, 2-2, with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) and senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Lindsey and Balko each advanced a base after sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) laid down a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) followed with an RBI-single, scoring Lindsey. Two batters later, senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) scored Balko with a walk. Forrest put Westminster in front in the sixth inning with a sacrifice-fly-RBI, scoring senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek). Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (11-5) earned the win in a complete-game effort. Smith gave up two runs (none earned) off four hits, while striking out four batters and walking one.
In game two, Westminster took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Stoczynski singled home Squelch, who led off the inning with a single. The Lions scored two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Titans threatened in their last at bat with runners on first and second base with one out, however, they were unable to produce any runs. Forrest (7-5) pitched a complete game and gave up four runs off eight hits, while striking out four batters and walking none.
The Titans will travel to Thomas More on Wednesday for a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader. The 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.