Thursday, May 2, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team ended its 2013 season after two losses in the opening day of the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Tournament on Thursday. The no. 1-seeded Titans lost, 2-1, in the opening game to the no. 4-seeded Thomas More, before losing, 5-4, to the no. 3-seeded Washington & Jefferson in the elimination game. Westminster is the host of the tournament.
The Titans finished the season with an overall record of 23-15, while the Presidents improved to 25-15 and will face the no. 2-seeded Geneva in the first game tomorrow at 1 p.m. Thomas More improved to 23-17 and will face the winner of the Washington & Jefferson-Geneva game for the championship.
Six Titan errors on the day proved to be costly for Westminster.
The Titans held a 3-2 lead in game two against Washington & Jefferson in the second inning. With one out and the bases loaded, junior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) batted in senior Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, junior Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls) connected on a two-run RBI-single to center field; seniors Brittany Gamble (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) and Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) scored on the play.
Down 4-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Washington & Jefferson scored three runs to take a 5-4 lead. The Presidents' Breanna Gleason scored first after a Titan throwing error. After a sacrifice fly, Washington & Jefferson added its third run of the inning off a Titan fielding error.
Against Thomas More, the Saints scored one run in the third inning and one in the fourth: both off Titan errors. In the third, Thomas More's Catie Luck scored after Ashley Fletcher reached on base from a Titan throwing error. Next inning, with runners on first and second base and no outs in the fourth, Thomas More took a 2-0 lead when Ana Walter reached on base after a Titan fielding error which scored the Saints' Alex Walter.
Westminster rallied in the seventh inning, as it had runners on second and third base with one out. Squelch batted in Westminster's lone run of the game with a ground-out-RBI, scoring Gamble.
Brown started in both games for the Titans and finished her career to 12-9. Brown pitched 13 total innings, giving up seven runs (three earned) off 18 hits. Brown struck out eight batters and walked one.
***Updated on May 2, 10:25 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.