Monday, April 29, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team swept Pitt-Greensburg on Monday in a non-conference doubleheader on its Senior Day. The Titans won both games with identical scores of 5-1. Game two was stopped in the sixth inning due to the weather.
Westminster improved to 23-13 overall, while Pitt-Greensburg dropped to 20-15.
In game one, Westminster scored first in the bottom of the second inning with three runs. Senior Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) scored first off a throwing error from Pitt-Greensburg's catcher. Junior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) followed with a two-run RBI single to third base, scoring juniors Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) and Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek).
After Pitt-Greensburg scored its lone run in the top of third inning, the Titans added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Brenna Guard (Davenport, IA / Davenport Central) and Squelch each batted in a run off a sacrifice fly.
Brown got the win and improved to 12-7 on the year. She pitched 5.0 innings and gave up only one run off two hits, while striking out four batters.
Titan senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored the first two runs in the first inning of game two when she connected a on two-run RBI triple to right center, scoring Squelch and freshman Allison Hryadil (Pittsburgh, PA / Montour). This was Hughes' team-leading second triple of the year.
Westminster took a 4-0 lead in the second inning when junior Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls) scored and freshman Alexis Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) batted in senior Brittany Gamble (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary).
The Bobcats got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning with a run, while Westminster added another run in the bottom of the fifth.
Titan freshman Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) went to 2-0 on the year as she pitched 5.0 innings and only gave up one run (unearned) off one hit. Forrest struck out four batters and walked one.
The no. 1-seeded Westminster will face the no. 4-seeded Thomas More on Thursday at 11 a.m. in day one of two of the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament. The Titans have claimed hosting rights for the tournament.
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.