Sunday, April 6, 2014PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team split with Chatham in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader on Sunday. Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) guided the Titans to a 6-1 win in game one with her team-best sixth win on the year, while striking out a career-high eight batters in a complete game effort. Westminster lost, 9-4, in game two.
In game one, Westminster scored two runs in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the fifth. Titan sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) scored the first two runs with a 2-RBI-single to center field, scoring freshman Cassandra Patterson (Navarre, OH / Tuslaw) and senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek). Westminster added to its lead with three more runs in the following inning. Stoczynski doubled in the first two runs for her team-leading 16th and 17th RBI of the year. Freshman Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) followed with an RBI-single, scoring Stoczynski. Senior Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls) batted in the Titans' sixth run with an RBI-single in the fifth, scoring sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring). Chatham scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth.
Down, 3-0, in the first inning of game two, Westminster responded in its first at bat with a four-run-inning to take the lead. Titan freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) started the offensive surge with a 2-RBI-triple, her team-leading third of the season, scoring Pamer and senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional). Stoczynski followed with an RBI-double, scoring Brown. Three batters later, Sheffer scored Stoczynski with an RBI-single. The Cougars regained the lead in the top of fifth inning with five runs and added insurance with a run in the seventh. Forrest (5-4) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (five earned) off 10 hits, while striking out two batters and walking three.
Westminster will host Saint Vincent in a doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch of game one is set for 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.