Thursday, March 27, 2014BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team split with Geneva in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader on Thursday. The Titans won, 4-1, in game one, and lost, 6-5, in the nightcap.
In game one, Titan senior pitcher Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA / Laurel) was dominant on the mound as he threw a complete game, while only giving up one run off seven hits. Hanicak (2-2) struck out a career-high eight batters and walked one.
Westminster (5-9, 2-2 PAC) scored one run in the first inning, two in the third, and one in the seventh.
The Titans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when junior John Jones (New Wilmington, PA / Ligonier Valley) was walked with bases loaded, scoring freshman Ty Ferlin (Latrobe, PA / Ligonier Valley). Westminster added to its lead in the third inning with two more runs after junior Jake Haubrich (North (Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) singled in Jones and senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield). After Geneva (3-12, 2-3 PAC )scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, Westminster added insurance in the top of the seventh after sophomore Ryan Dunn (Freeport, PA / Freeport), who got on base with a triple, scored.
In the nightcap, Geneva rallied after being down, 5-1, going into the bottom of the sixth. The Golden Tornadoes scored four runs in the sixth and the game-winning run in the seventh after an RBI-walk-off-single to right field with two outs.
Westminster sophomore Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) (2-2) got the loss in a complete-game effort after allowing six runs (only two earned) off nine hits, while striking out five batters and walking one.
Westminster will host Geneva in a nine-inning game on Saturday at 1 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.