Friday, May 11, 2012
WASHINGTON, Pa. - The No. 2-seeded Westminster College (27-15) baseball team topped the No. 4-seeded Saint Vincent (24-18), 5-3, on Friday in the winner's bracket of the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship. The Titans advance to the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Westminster's 27 wins tied the 1982 team for season-high victories.
Westminster senior Tim Wiand (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts) was named the PAC Network Player of the Game as he went 3-for-3 at the plate with a game-high two RBIs and two runs scored. Wiand had two doubles and a home run, while drawing a walk.
Senior Patrick Mulligan (Brookfield, OH / Brookfield) (6-2) got the win for the Titans in a complete-game performance. Mulligan only gave up one earned run (four total) off four hits. He struck out a game-high nine batters and walked four.
Down, 1-0, in the fourth inning, Westminster tied it 1-1 after a Wiand solo home run over the left field fence. The Bearcats responded in the bottom half of the frame with a run to take a 2-1 lead.
The Titans went ahead 5-2 after a four-run sixth inning, all the runs coming with two outs. Wiand led the charge with an RBI-double to left center field, scoring junior Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex). Two batters later, senior Ethan Yeager (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts) scored Wiand with a double of his own. Junior Chris Ross (West Pittsburg, PA / New Castle) would score after a Saint Vincent error, followed by a RBI-single from classmate Ty Miller (Clinton, PA / Hopewell).
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.