Thursday, April 18, 2013
ALTOONA, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team split with Penn State Altoona in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. The Titans dropped game one by a score of 4-3 in extra frames, before avenging the loss in game two with a 3-1 victory over the Lady Lions.
The Titans moved to 17-11 on the season, while the Lady Lions went to 18-8.
In game one of the doubleheader, both teams played six scoreless innings before each team plated a run in the seventh. The Titans struck first in the top of the inning when senior Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) scored on an RBI sacrifice fly from junior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional).
The Lady Lions evened the score at one in the bottom of the inning when Christina Stathes hit an RBI single to send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, the Titans regained the lead with an RBI single from freshmen Allison Hryadil (Pittsburgh, PA / Montour). The Lady Lions would answer with a run of their own in the bottom frame when Lauren Bove scored on an error, knotting the contest a 2-2.
The Titans would once again take the lead in the ninth with an RBI groundout from freshman Alexis Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry). The Lady Lions evened the score at three on a fielder's choice groundball, scoring Lily Glunt. After a walk and bunt single, the Lady Lions won the game by a score of 4-3 on a walkoff single to left field by Jackie Smith.
Smith went 2-3 on the day at the plate, while also tossing a complete game and earning her eighth win on the season.
Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk), (8-6) suffered the loss for the Titans, pitching 1.2 innings while giving up one earned run.
Carpenter and classmate Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) each had two hits apiece for the Titans.
In game two, the Lady Lions took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a SAC fly from Lily Glunt. The Titans would take a 3-1 lead in the sixth, as Hughes scored on a wild pitch, before freshmen Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) would extend the lead with an RBI single that scored Carpenter. Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) also scored on the play on a throwing error from the center fielder.
Smith earned the victory for the Titans, pitching four shutout innings in relief and improving her record to 6-4 on the season.
The Titans are back in action on Saturday, April 20 as they travel to Grove City College for a conference twinbill. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.
This release was written by Liam Halferty ('13), senior broadcast communications major.
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