Saturday, May 12, 2012WASHINGTON, Pa. - The No. 2-seed Westminster College (28-15) baseball team captured its third conference and second Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship ever on Saturday after they shutout the No. 1-seeded and nationally ranked Washington and Jefferson (35-8), 6-0. The win breaks the 30-year old school record for most wins in a single season. Its last championship came in 2005.
Westminster has earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament, beginning May 17, 2012.
The Titans proved to be the top-pitching staff in the conference while giving up only one earned run in 27 innings of tournament play.
Westminster senior Vince Iosue (Euclid, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) (5-5) was dominate on the mound with a complete game shutout win and earned the PAC Network Player of the Game. Iosue gave up five hits and struck out three batters, while walking two.
The Titans struck first in the first inning with a two-run RBI single off the bat of senior Ethan Yeager (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts) to give Westminster an early 2-0 lead. Junior Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) and senior Justin King (Fombell, PA / Riverside) scored on the play.
Westminster put the game away in the third inning with four more runs, lifting its lead to 6-0. Senior Tim Wiand (Pottstown, PA / Owen J. Roberts) singled in King, and would later score from a single from junior Chris Ross (West Pittsburg, PA / New Castle). Yeager then connected on a double, scoring Ross and would score two batters later off a Ty Miller (Clinton, PA / Hopewell) single.
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.