Sunday, April 17, 2011
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - In a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader pitting the two PAC teams with the most overall wins, the Westminster College baseball team split a doubleheader at No. 18-ranked Thomas More Sunday. Thomas More needed a walk-off home run to beat Westminster, 8-5, in the first game before the Titans came back to win the second game 12-8.
Westminster is now 18-6 on the season and 5-3 in the PAC, while the Saints, ranked No. 18 in the NCSBW/D3Baseball.com national poll, are now 19-4 overall and 9-3 in the PAC.
The Titans came back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the second game in the third inning and, after Thomas More retook the lead with two runs in the fourth inning, the Titans outscored the Saints 7-1 in the final three innings.
After junior second baseman Bud Main (Ellwood City, Pa./Riverside) led off the fifth inning with his second home run of the game and the season, junior first baseman Tim Wiand (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) hit an RBI double scoring sophomore outfielder Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) for the game-tying run. Then, with two outs, sophomore third baseman Chris Ross (West Pittsburg, Pa./New Castle) hit the go-ahead RBI double to score Wiand.
Main, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, also led off the game with a home run.
Senior outfield Rick DeBlasio (New Castle, Pa./New Castle), who singled in the fifth inning, led the Titans by going 4-for-4 with four RBI, falling a double shy of hitting for the cycle. His biggest hit was a three-run homer in the third inning that helped make up that 5-1 deficit.
Junior pitcher Patrick Mulligan (Brookfield, Ohio/Brookfield) tossed his fourth complete game of the season to improve to 6-0 in his fifth start and seventh appearance. Mulligan surrendered eight runs (6 earned) off nine hits and nine walks to go with four strikeouts.
In the first game, Westminster outhit the Saints 12-8 but Thomas More capitalized on six Titan errors and won the game on a three-run, walk-off home run by David Kennett.
Westminster led 4-1 in the first inning and could only tack on an additional run in the fourth inning that put the Titans up 5-2 before Thomas More posted three runs to tie the game in the sixth which set up Kennett's game-winner in the seventh.
Kennett finished the game 4-for-4 with six RBI.
DeBlasio, who finished the doubleheader with seven hits, was one of two Titans to go 3-for-4 in the first game. Sophomore shortstop Ty Miller (Clinton, Pa./Hopewell) also collected three hits.
Three pitchers took the mound for the Titans in the first game, with junior starter Justin Prejsnar (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) giving up five runs on seven hits through 5 2/3 innings. Freshman reliever Ron Sullivan (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) took the loss (3-2) as he pitched two outs in the seventh inning and his only hit, after two Saints reached base on errors, was Kennett's homer.
Westminster will stay in Kentucky until Monday to complete the three-game series with a 2 p.m. nine-inning game.
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.