Baseball: Titans Earn Sweep in Season Opener in Florida

Sunday, March 9, 2014

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Westminster College baseball team opened its 2014 season with a doubleheader sweep over Delaware Valley in day one of its Florida Trip on Sunday. The Titans won game one, 9-0, and won game two, 21-3.

In game one, Titan senior pitcher Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA / Laurel) threw a complete-game shutout in the win, while striking out six batters and walking two.

Westminster scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third, and three in the fifth and sixth. Titan senior Nicholas Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) led the Titan offense as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with a team-high three RBI. Sophomore Ryan Dunn (Freeport, PA / Freeport) added two doubles.

In the nightcap, sophomore Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) got the win after throwing five scoreless innings. Borton had three strikeouts and no walks.

Titan freshman Kellen Gursky (Greenville, PA / Reynolds) made the most of his first collegiate start as he went 4-for-4 at the plate with a game-high four RBI, including three runs and a home run. Junior Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills), Dunn, and Reinthaler added three RBI each.

The Titans scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, eight in the third, one in fourth, four in the sixth, and three in the seventh. Westminster out-hit Delaware Valley, 24-11, in game two.

Westminster will continue its 10-game Florida Trip on Monday as it plays Richard-Stockton in a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 9 a.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 378 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.

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