Baseball: Titans Split With Grove City in Conference Doubleheader

Saturday, April 12, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team split with Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Grove City in a doubleheader at home on Saturday. The Titans won, 5-3, in game one, however, lost, 7-3, in game two after the Wolverines scored five runs in the top of the seventh.

In game one, down 1-0, Westminster (7-15, 4-6) went on top after scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Titan junior Jake Haubrich (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) started the scoring spree with a two-RBI-double to left field, scoring classmates Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) and John Jones (New Wilmington, PA / Ligonier Valley). Westminster added two more runs with a sacrifice fly from each junior Jason Avery (New Castle, PA / New Castle) and freshman Sean Coyne (New Castle, PA / New Castle).

Each team scored a run in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 5-2 in favor of Westminster. Grove City (6-15, 4-8), threatened in its last at bat as it had the bases loaded with no outs. Titan sophomore Zach Merrell (Hubbard, OH/Hubbard) came in for relief and only saw Grove City score off a sacrifice fly. Merrell only allowed one hit and no runs. Westminster senior pitcher Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA / Laurel) (3-4) earned the win, pitching 6.0 innings and giving up three runs (two earned) off four hits. Hanicak struck out two batters and walked the same.

In the nightcap, Westminster had a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after sophomore Ryan Dunn (Freeport, PA / Freeport), Jones, and Heck each earned an RBI-single. Grove City, however, rallied and scored one run in the fifth inning, one in the sixth, and pulled away with five in the seventh. Westminster freshman Chuck Zahn (New Brighton, PA / New Brighton) (1-1) got the loss after coming in for relief. Junior Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) started, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up two runs off four hits.

Westminster will play a nine-inning game at Grove City on Monday, starting at 3:00 PM.

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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