Baseball: Titans Drop First Game of Season in DH Split

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Westminster College baseball team suffered its first loss of the season after a double header split with Lebanon Valley on Tuesday. The Titans took game one with a score of 4-3 and lost game two, 3-1. Westminster moved to 5-1 on the season, while Lebanon Valley is 2-4.

Titan senior pitcher Andy Wallen (Erie, PA / Iroquios) earned his first career win in game one. In his first start of the season, Wallen went six innings, giving up just four hits and three runs (two earned). Senior closer Nick Grow (North East, PA / North East) shut the door in the seventh inning, earning his third save of the season.

The game was tied at three until the top of the seventh inning when senior Ty Miller (Clinton, PA / Hopewell) drove senior Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) in on a single for the game-winning run.  Leading the Titans in game one were Allen, sophomore Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills), and senior Eric Dunn (Freeport, PA / Freeport) who went 2-4 at the plate each. Miller led the team with two RBI.

Game two included the pitching debut of Titan sophomore Kyle Borton (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge). Borton had a solid first appearance despite suffering the loss, going six innings with one walk and three earned runs.

Dunn drove in the lone run for the Titans after singling in Jared Heck in the second inning. Lebanon Valley broke a shutout in the sixth inning, when it scored three runs to take the lead. Senior Ty Robinson (Creston, OH / Norwayne) led the Titan offense with two hits. 

Westminster will be back in action Thursday with two nine inning games against Misericordia and Elizabethtown. Game one is set for noon.

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 377 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.

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