Saturday, April 6, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team swept Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg on Saturday as the Titans won game one, 7-4 and game two, 8-5. Westminster improved to 9-9 overall and 5-1 in the PAC, moving the Titans to second-place in the PAC standings. Waynesburg dropped to 8-10 overall and 0-6 in the conference.
In game one, Titan senior pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) improved to 4-5 on the year in a complete-game effort, while striking out a season-high 10 batters. Brown gave up no earned runs (four unearned) off seven hits and walked only one batter. Senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) led the Titan offense with a game-high four RBI.
Waynesburg took an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning with all four runs coming with two outs and after a Titan error. The Titans chipped away at the Jackets' lead with two runs in the first inning and one run in each of the second and third innings to tie the game at 4-4. Hughes connected on a two-run RBI single in the first inning. Brown scored a run in the second and senior Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) grounded in freshman Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) for the Titans' fourth score.
Hughes gave the Titans a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after a two-run home run for her second homer of the year.
In the nightcap, tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Westminster pulled away after back-to-back two-RBI at bats from Hughes and senior Layne Carpenter. Freshman Brenna Guard (Davenport, IA / Davenport Central) added another run with an RBI walk, giving the Titans an 8-3 lead. Sophomore Carly Leffakis (Pittsburgh, PA / North Catholic) went to 1-1 on the season as she pitched three full innings. Leffakis did not give up a run and only surrendered three hits.
Westminster will look to add to its four-game winning streak when they host Penn St. Behrend in a non-conference double header on Tuesday. Game one is set to start at 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.