Sunday, March 4, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - In its opening day of the 2012 season, the Westminster College softball team split two games at the Rebel Games. The Lady Titans opened with a convincing 8-2 win versus Emmanuel College of Massachusetts, then dropped the second game 7-2 to Beloit College of Wisconsin. The Titans start out the season 1-1 while the Emmanuel Saints dropped to 0-1 and Beloit Buccaneers improved to 1-0.
In game one, junior pitcher Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) (1-0) tossed a complete game two hitter. Brown was dominant on the hill striking out 15, and only allowing two singles to guide the Titans to the win.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Titans took the lead in their half of the third inning when junior outfielder Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta) hit a single to plate senior third baseman Erica Kimmick (Parma, OH / Cuyahoga Heights). Sophomore second baseman Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) broke the game open with a two-run scoring double to put the Titans up 4-1.
The Titans then put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth inning. Freshman outfielder Carly Wallock (DuBois, PA / DuBois) hit a bases-clearing triple to make it 8-2.
Junior outfielder Brittany Gamble (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) led the Titans with three hits in the game. Wallock finished with two hits and three RBIs. Carpenter and Squelch both chipped in with two hits apiece.
In the second game, the Titans had eight hits in the contest.
Kelsey Squelch led the way for the Titans going 3-3 with an RBI. Junior outfielder Olet Stasko (McDonald, PA / West Allegheny) went 2-3.
On the bump for the Titans to start the game was Carpenter, who pitched three innings. She struck out one and allowed three runs and seven hits. Wallock finished the game on the hill going four innings and allowed seven hits and four runs.
The Titans play Trine University at 1:00pm and Sage College at 5:00pm on Monday.
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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, 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 376 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 42 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.