Saturday, April 19, 2014
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team split with Thiel in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader on Saturday. The Titans lost game one, 5-4, and won game two, 4-2, in extra innings. Titan freshman Nate McMaster (Stow, OH / Stow-Munroe Falls) pitched a complete nine-inning game in the nightcap.
In game one in the top of the fourth inning, Westminster (9-16, 6-7 PAC) cut Thiel's lead to 2-1 after senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) scored on a passed ball. Thiel (12-18, 6-12) scored another run in the bottom half of the fourth, followed by a Titan run in the top of the fifth inning. Westminster junior Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) scored the run with a single, bringing home freshman Sean Coyne (New Castle, PA / New Castle).
Thiel led 4-2 after a run in the sixth inning, however Westminster rallied and scored two runs in the seventh to tie the game. Westminster junior James Shelby (Hermitage, PA / West Middlesex) and freshman Ty Ferlin (Latrobe, PA / Ligonier Valley) both earned an RBI-single. The Tomcats, however, ended the game with walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
Westminster freshman pitcher Chuck Zahn (New Brighton, PA / New Brighton) (1-2) got the loss after he came in for relief in the seventh. Zahn gave up one run off two hits. Titan sophomore Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched 5.1 innings, while giving up four runs off 10 hits. Borton struck out one batter and walked two.
In game two, Westminster took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second inning. Freshman Kellen Gursky (Greenville, PA / Reynolds) scored the first run, followed by an RBI-double to left center off the bat of Ferlin. Thiel tied the game late, 2-2, with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. In the ninth inning, junior Jake Haubrich (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) gave the Titans a 3-2 lead with an RBI-single to right center field, scoring Heck. Coyne added insurance as he singled home Haubrich. McMaster (2-2) gave up two runs off eight hits, while walking one batter.
Westminster will travel to Saint Vincent on Monday for a nine-inning game. The starting time is set for 4 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.