Thursday, May 3, 2012LATROBE, Pa. - As the No. 3 seed in the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament at Saint Vincent, the Westminster College softball team went 1-1 Friday in its first two games of the double-elimination tournament. The Titans topped No. 2-seeded Thiel, 10-3, then dropped, 2-1, to the No. 4-seeded Geneva in the winner's bracket final.
Westminster will rematch Thiel Friday at 11 a.m. The winner of that game advances to face Geneva at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. if necessary.
Down 1-0 in game one, Westminster went ahead, 3-1, after a three-run second inning performance. Sophomore Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) singled in classmate Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls). Sophomore Kesley Squlech (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) followed with a two-run RBI single, scoring Balko and sophomore Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek).
Squelch led the Titan's offense with a game-high three RBIs. Senior Erica Kimmick (Parma, OH / Cuyahoga Heights) hit her third home run of the season, tying her first on the team. Junior pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) (16-8) earned the win for Westminster as she gave up three runs off six hits in a complete game performance. She walked none and fanned three batters.
In game two, Westminster was the first to score when in the fourth inning, Stoczynski singled home junior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) to give the Titans a 1-0 lead. Geneva, however, followed with a run of their own in the fifth inning and would score the game-winning run off a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Westminster freshman pitcher Carly Wallock (DuBois, PA / DuBois) got the loss and is now 3-6 on the year. Wallock pitched six innings and gave up two runs off four hits. She walked one and struck out two batters.
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.