Thursday, April 4, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team swept Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Washington & Jefferson on Thursday in the Titans' home opener. Westminster won, 3-2, in game one and 8-3 in the nightcap.
The Titans, despite being down 2-1 in the seventh inning, won game one after a walk-off single to left field by junior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek), scoring senior Olet Stasko (McDonald, PA / West Allegheny).
Westminster senior pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) (3-5) earned the win after a complete-game effort. Brown struck out one batter and walked two. She allowed two runs (one earned) off six hits. Stoczynski led the Titan offense with three hits. Also earning multiple hits for Westminster were Stasko and senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney).
In the nightcap, Westminster took an early 2-0 lead in its first at bat. Freshman Allison Hryadil (Pittsburgh, PA / Montour) scored junior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) off a sacrifice fly and senior Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) doubled in Hughes for the second score. The Titans scored three more runs in the top of the fifth inning, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh. Freshman pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) improved to 3-3 on the season as she pitched four innings and gave up one run (none earned) off four hits. Smith struck out two batters and walked none. Hryadil led the offense with a game-high three RBI.
Westminster is back in action on Saturday when they host Waynesburg in a PAC doubleheader. Game one is set for 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.