Tuesday, March 5, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Westminster College softball team lost two hard fought games on Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games. The Titans lost, 2-0, to Catholic in game one and 4-3 in nine inning to Alvernia in the nightcap. Westminster dropped to 2-4 on the season.
In game one, Catholic (1-2) scored two runs in the top of the third inning with two outs. Westminster freshman pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (0-2) went the complete game and gave up two runs off eight hits. She struck out three batters and walked none. Titan senior Olet Stasko (McDonald, PA / West Allegheny) led the offense with two hits.
Against Alvernia (4-0) in the nightcap, Westminster took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning after back-to-back RBI from seniors Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) and Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney). Alvernia responded in the bottom of the first with two runs to tie the game, 2-2.
The score of 2-2 remained for the next six innings forcing extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning, Westminster took a 3-2 lead after Hughes scored junior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) on a sacrifice. Alvernia answered in the bottom of the frame with two RBI-singles to capture the win.
Westminster senior pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) (1-2) threw a complete game and gave up four runs (three earned) off 14 hits. Brown struck out five batters and walked two.
The Titans will take tomorrow off and will resume play in the Rebel Spring Games on Thursday when they compete against Beloit (11 a.m.) and Alvernia (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 is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 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.