Saturday, March 10, 2012FORT PIERCE, Fla. - On their last day of spring training on Friday, the Westminster College baseball team lost two close games versus Susquehanna University. The Titans lost the first game 2-0 and the second game 6-5 (10 innings). The Titans fell to 5-5 on the season while the Crusaders improved to 5-6.
In game one, Susquehanna scored first in the top of the second inning off a Titan passed ball. In the following inning, Westminster was unable to tie it with junior Tyler Robinson (Creston, PA / Norwayne) on third base with two outs.
Down 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning, the Titans had another scoring opportunity with senior Steve Perrotta (New Castle, PA / New Castle) on second with two outs but were unable to hit him home.
On the mound for Westminster was senior Vince Iosue (Euclid, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) (1-1) who pitched four innings. Iosue gave up one run (unearned) off three hits. He struck out four and walked none. Senior Justin Prejsnar (New Castle, PA / New Castle) came in for relief and pitched three innings, while giving up two hits and an earned run. Prejsnar fanned two and walked none.
Susquehanna's freshman Zach Place pitched a complete game, while striking out five and walking one.
In game two, senior pitcher Patrick Mulligan (Brookfield, OH / Brookfield) pitched a solid game on the hill striking out eight Crusaders in four innings of work. Sophomore pitcher Ron Sullivan (Boardman, OH / Canfield) pitched three impressive innings in relief, only giving up one earned run.
The Titans got out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, scoring a run in each half. Susquehanna fought back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. With the game tied at three in the seventh inning, junior second baseman Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) hit an infield single and eventually scored on an error to put the Titans up 4-3. The Crusaders fought back again with a run in the bottom of the seventh to take it to extra innings.
Westminster scored in the top of the 10th inning; senior third baseman Ethan Yeager (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts) hit an RBI single to score senior left fielder Justin King (Fombell, PA / Riverside). The Crusaders followed with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to win 6-5.
The Titans are back in action next Saturday, March 17, as they play their "home" opener against Mount Union in a double header at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. First pitch is slated for 1 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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 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.