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Baseball: Titans Split PAC Opener with Saint Vincent

Saturday, March 22, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team split with Saint Vincent in its Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener on Saturday. The Titans lost, 5-2, in game one, however regrouped and won, 8-7, in game two.

Down, 5-0, in game one going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Titans continued to battle as they scored two runs. Titan junior Duncan Watt (Pickering, ON / Dunbarton) batted in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring freshman Kellen Gursky (Greenville, PA / Reynolds). Junior Jake Haubrich (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) scored the other Westminster run after an error from Saint Vincent's second baseman.

Westminster senior pitcher Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA / Laurel) got the loss in a complete-game effort and went to 1-2 on the season. Hanicak gave up five runs (two earned) off eight hits, while striking out six batters and walking two.

In the nightcap, Westminster held a 5-2 lead after three innings of play. The Bearcats went on top, 6-5, after two runs each in the top of the fourth and fifth innings. The Titans went back in front, 8-6, after tallying three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Westminster junior Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) batted in the first run with a single, scoring Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield). Two batters later, senior Brett Pollock (Pittsburgh, PA / Northgate) scored junior John Jones (New Wilmington, PA / Ligonier Valley) with a single, followed by an RBI-sacrifice fly off the bat of Haubrich.

The Bearcats, down 8-7, had the tying run on second base with one out in the seventh, however Titan freshman relief pitcher Richie Fitch (Columbiana, OH / Columbiana) got the two final outs with a ground out and a fly out.

Sophomore Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) got the win and improved to 2-1 on the season, while pitching five innings and only giving up one earned run (seven total). Fitch earned his first save of the year as he pitched 0.2 scoreless innings. Jones led the Titan offense as he went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, while adding two RBI and two runs scored.

Westminster will play one nine-inning game at Saint Vincent tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game is the make-up from Friday.

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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