Friday, March 29, 2013
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College softball team split with Thomas More in both team's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener on Friday. Both games were decided in extra innings as the Titans won game one, 2-0, in 11 inning and lost, 3-0, in eight innings in the nightcap. Westminster moved to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the PAC, while the Saints went to 10-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
In game one, Westminster scored two runs in the top of the 11th innings which proved to be the game-winning scores. The Titans capitalized off back-to-back fielding errors by the Saints and had the bases loaded with no outs. Freshman Allison Hryadil (Pittsburgh, PA / Montour) took advantage of the opportunity and scored junior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, senior Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) added insurance with another sacrifice fly, while giving Westminster a 2-0 lead.
Titan senior pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) improved to 2-5 on the year in a complete-game shutout effort. Brown struck out six batters and walked four and only gave up four hits.
In game two, with two outs and a runner on second base, Thomas More scored three runs after an RBI-single and a two-run homerun. For the game, the Saints out-hit the Titans 9-3. Titan freshman pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) moved to 2-3 on the year in a complete-game effort. Smith gave up three runs and struck out one batter.
Westminster is back on the diamond next Wednesday when it hosts Washington & Jefferson in a doubleheader for its home opener. Game one is slated for 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 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.