Friday, April 20, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team was swept by Grove City in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader (7-4, 7-4) upset on Friday. The Lady Titans dropped to 20-14 overall and 10-4 in the PAC. The Wolverines improved to 18-18 overall and 6-8 in league play.
In both games combined, Westminster had 20 runners left on base compared to Grove City's six.
Westminster's junior hurler Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) got both losses and is now 15-6 on the year. In game one, Brown threw four innings and gave up six runs off nine hits. She walked one and fanned three. In the nightcap, Brown went 1.2 innings and gave up four runs off six hits with one strikeout.
In game one, down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Westminster took a 2-1 lead after its most productive inning of the game. Sophomore Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) doubled to left field, scoring sophomore Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) who pinched ran for junior Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta). Sophomore Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) also had an RBI in the inning. Senior Erica Kimmick (Parma, OH / Cuyahoga Heights) led the Titans' offense as she went 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI, while also drawing a walk.
In the nightcap, down 7-2 in the seventh inning, Westminster rallied and pulled within three runs. However, with bases loaded with the tying run on first, the Titans were able to tie it. Junior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH/ Cardinal Mooney) went 4-for-4 at the plate with one run and a team-high two RBIs. Also having multiple hits for the Titans was junior Brittany Gamble (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) who had two.
Westminster will host Saint Vincent on Tuesday at 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, 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.