Wednesday, March 30, 2011
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - After losing the first game of its nonconference doubleheader vs. visiting Hiram, 9-3, Wednesday, the Westminster College baseball team's second game was postponed because of snow and wet field conditions. Westminster was leading 2-0 in second inning before the game was called. The game can be resumed if both teams agree to finish it at a later date. Westminster is now 13-3 on the season and Hiram is 8-8.
In the first game, Westminster led 2-1 through three innings, but the Terriers scored two runs in the fourth and added a pair of three-run innings in the sixth and seventh innings.
Hiram outhit Westminster 15-4 with four different Titans collecting hits. Senior outfielder Rick DeBlasio (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) hit an RBI single and junior shortstop Bud Main (Ellwood City, Pa./Riverside) hit a sacrifice fly scoring junior outfielder Justin King (Fombell, Pa./Riverside), who reached on a single, to account for Westminster's two third-inning runs.
Doug Adkins led the Terriers by going 4-for-5 with three RBI, including a two-run single in the fourth inning that gave Hiram its final lead at 3-2.
Freshman starting pitcher Nick Grow (North East, Pa./North East) took the loss, his first (0-1), after giving up six runs (all earned) off 11 hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings to go with four strikeouts.
Mike Lalonde pitched the win for Hiram with 5 2/3 innings by surrendering three runs (2 earned) off three hits and five walks to go with three strikeouts.
In the second game, Main hit his first career home run in the first inning to give Westminster a 1-0 lead. However, that home run and all other statistics will only count if the game is finished.
Westminster is scheduled to host another nonconference doubleheader Saturday against Case Western Reserve beginning at 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, 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.