Wednesday, April 23, 2014
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College softball team lost two games in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at Thomas More on Wednesday. The Titans were unable to hold onto a 5-4 lead in game one and lost, 7-5, followed by a 5-0 loss in game two.
Down 3-1 in game one, Westminster (20-14, 9-7 PAC) took a 4-3 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning. Titan freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) led off the inning with a solo home run to right center field, the first of her collegiate career. Two batters later, classmate Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) belted the ball over the left field fence for her first collegiate home run. Sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) scored the third run with an RBI-single, scoring senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield).
Thomas More (27-8, 14-2 PAC) tied the game, 4-4, with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Titans quickly regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth. Senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) singled home Balko. The Saints, however, managed to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Titan junior Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (11-6) went 5.0 innings, while giving up seven runs (only two earned) off 11 hits. Smith struck out one batter and walked two.
In game two, Thomas More scored two runs in the third inning and three in the seventh. Westminster had a game-high nine runners left on base, including six runners in scoring position. Titan sophomore pitcher Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) (7-6) pitched a complete game, her eighth of the season, while giving up five runs (only two earned) off six hits. Forrest struck out three batters and walked two.
Westminster will host Geneva for Senior Day on Saturday. The first pitch of the PAC doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.
Updated 4/24, 5:10 PM
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.