Wednesday, April 23, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College baseball team split with Bethany in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) home doubleheader on Wednesday. The Titans lost, 10-4, in game one, however regrouped in game two and won, 11-2.
Titan sophomore pitcher Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) (3-4) only allowed one earned run in Westminster's game two win. Borton pitched a complete game, his third of the season, while allowing seven hits. He struck out four batters and walked two. Westminster junior Jake Haubrich (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) led the offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a career- and game-high four RBIs. The Westminster (10-18, 7-9 PAC) offense produced the most runs since its second game of the season. The Titans scored two in the first inning, two in the second, three in the first, one in the fifth, and three in the sixth.
Titan junior John Jones (New Wilmington, PA / Ligonier Valley) singled home the first two runs, scoring freshman Sean Coyne (New Castle, PA / New Castle) and junior Duncan Watt (Pickering, ON / Dunbarton).
Bethany (15-12, 10-7 PAC) cut Westminster's lead to 2-1 in the top of the second inning, however the Titans added two more runs in the bottom half after Coyne connected on a 2-RBI single. Westminster took a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the third after Haubrich hit a 2-RBI double and freshman Ty Ferlin (Latrobe, PA / Ligonier Valley) batted in another run with a fielder's choice. After the Bison scored a run in the top of the fifth, Ferlin added another RBI, this time with a double to right center field, scoring Haubrich.
Westminster added three additional runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Haubrich singled home two runs, followed by an RBI-single off the bat of freshman Kellen Gursky (Greenville, PA / Reynolds).
In game one, Bethany led 3-0 going into the bottom of the third inning. Coyne put the Titans on the scoreboard with a solo home run, the first of his career, in the bottom of the third.
The Bison took a 9-1 lead with two runs in the fourth and four in the sixth. Westminster followed with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by Jones who also hit his first career home run. Titan junior Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) singled home senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield), who got on with a double to right field. Westminster senior Brett Pollock (Pittsburgh, PA / Northgate) scored Heck after a single to left field.
Bethany added one more run in the top of the seventh.
Titan senior Scott Hanicak (Ellwood City, PA / Laurel) (3-5) went 5.2 innings and gave up nine runs (five earned) off 10 hits. Hanicak struck out three batters and walked four.
Westminster will host Thomas More in a PAC doubleheader on Saturday. 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.