Saturday, April 26, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team lost two games in a home Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader to Geneva on Saturday. The Titans lost, 7-2, after Geneva scored five runs in the 12th inning in game one, followed by a 5-4 loss in game two after a walk-off single from the Golden Tornadoes in the eighth inning.
In game one, Westminster took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Titan senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) singled home classmate Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek). Sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) followed with a single, scoring Balko. Geneva tied it, 2-2, after a run in the top of the seventh.
Titan junior Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (11-7) pitched 11.2 innings in game one, while giving up seven runs on 19 hits. Smith struck out three batters and walked four.
Westminster took a 1-0 lead in game two with a run in its first at bat, after Titan freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) singled home senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional). Geneva went in front with two runs in the second inning, however, Westminster tied it with a run in the third after a two-run double off the bat of Stoczynski.
The Titans led 4-3 in the seventh inning after sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) singled home Brown. Geneva, however, forced extra innings with a run in the bottom half.
Forrest (7-7) pitched a complete game in the nightcap, giving up five runs (three earned) off 15 hits. Forrest struck out seven batters and only walked one.
Westminster will travel to Pitt-Greensburg for a doubleheader on Monday. Its final regular season game will start at 3:30 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.