Tuesday, March 29, 2011
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Behind two pitchers who combined for 18 strikeouts while allowing just nine hits, the Westminster College softball team swept a nonconference doubleheader against visiting Pitt-Bradford Tuesday by scores of 4-3 and 6-2. The Titans are now 6-8 on the season and the Panthers fall to 2-10.
Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in the second game, as she allowed just two runs off two hits and no walks over seven innings. Brown is now 4-2 on the season, winning two-thirds of the team's games this year.
Senior pitcher Lis Schulz (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) improved to 2-5 on the year by striking out eight in a complete-game effort in the first game. She gave up three runs (2 earned) off seven hits and two walks.
Freshman outfielder Carissa Conway (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) led the Titan offense by going a combined 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, including 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the second game.
Westminster trailed 1-0 in the first inning of game one and took a 3-1 lead in the second inning when Brown smacked a two-run homer, her second of the season. Pitt-Bradford tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning, but the Titans answered in the bottom of the fifth when Conway hit a two-out single scoring Schulz.
Schulz then struck out the side in the sixth inning.
Westminster led 4-0 in the second game and Brown's only blemish was giving up a two-run homer to Pitt-Bradford's Lauryn Weaver in the fourth inning.
The Titans travel to Penn State-Altoona Thursday 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, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" 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.