Friday, March 14, 2014WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Westminster College softball team split two games in its final day of its Florida Trip on Friday. The Titans lost in nine innings, 3-0, to Catholic, however regrouped and won, 4-3, over Mount St. Joseph in the nightcap.
Game one consisted of a pitchers duel as the game was scoreless through the seven regulated innings. Catholic mustered three runs in the top of the ninth inning to capture the win. Titan junior Carly Leffakis (Pittsburgh, PA / North Catholic) got the loss as she came in for relief in the sixth inning and gave up three runs (none earned) off two hits. Westminster sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) started the game and pitched six scoreless innings, while striking out four batters and walking one.
In game two, Titan freshman Cassandra Patterson (Navarre, OH / Tuslaw) singled in the game-winning run as classmate Shelby Brown ((New Castle, PA / Mohawk) scored; putting Westminster in front, 4-3, in the top of the ninth. Westminster junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) earned the win in a complete-game effort. Smith gave up three runs (one earned) off six hits and struck out four batters, while walking one.
Westminster returns to the field on Tuesday for its home-opener when it hosts Hiram 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 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.