Friday, April 18, 2014NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team won, 4-3, at home versus Thiel after Titan junior Duncan Watt (Pickering, ON / Dunbarton) singled home classmate Jake Haubrich (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) in the bottom of the ninth with two outs.
Westminster (8-15, 5-6) tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the second inning after Haubrich scored junior John Jones (New Wilmington, PA / Ligonier Valley) with a sacrifice fly to center field. The Titans took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning after senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) singled home sophomore Ryan Dunn (Freeport, PA / Freeport).
Thiel (11-17, 5-12) rallied and took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the top of the ninth. The Titans, however, responded with two runs in the bottom half, all with two outs. Westminster junior James Shelby (Hermitage, PA / West Middlesex) pinched hit and scored junior Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) for the tying run. Watt followed with the walk-off single, scoring Haubrich who got on base with a single, advanced to second base off a ground out, and advanced to third off Shelby's single.
Titan sophomore Dylan Thomas (Washington, PA / Trinity) picked up his first win on the season, after coming in for relief in the ninth and getting the final two outs. Thomas did not surrender any hits or runs. Westminster senior Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA / Laurel) pitched a solid eight winnings in the no decision, while only giving up one earned run (three total) off 11 hits. Hanicak struck out three batters and walked none.
Westminster will travel to Thiel tomorrow for a doubleheader. First pitch 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.