Thursday, April 10, 2014BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster College softball team split a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at Bethany on Thursday. The Titans lost game one, 3-1, however regrouped and won game two, 5-2.
Down, 1-0, after four innings of play in game one, Westminster (14-10,4-4 PAC) tied the game in the top of the fifth inning when senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) doubled in sophomore Brenna Guard (Davenport, IA / Davenport Central) with two outs. Bethany (9-13,5-3 PAC), however, took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Titan junior Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (8-4) pitched a complete game, while giving up three runs (two earned) off eight hits.
In the nightcap, the Titans took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first after freshman Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) connected on a two-RBI-single to right field with two outs, scoring senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) and freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk). Westminster added to its lead with three more runs in the top of the fifth, while the Bison managed an additional run in the top of the seventh. Titan sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) earned the win in a complete game effort and improved to 6-4. Forrest gave up two runs (one earned) off eight hits, while striking out four batters and walking none.
Westminster will host Waynesburg on Saturday in a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 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.