Baseball: Presidents Outlast Titans in 11 Innings

Saturday, May 4, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - It took 11 innings on Westminster College baseball team's Senior Night to decide a winner on Friday. After five lead changes and a three hour saga, Washington and Jefferson outlasted the Titans 15-13 in extra innings. The Presidents improved to 24-11 (16-6 PAC), while the Titans fell to 15-21 (7-13 PAC) on the season. 

Several seniors didn't disappoint in their final game at Titan Field, including Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) and Andy Wallen (Erie, PA / Iroquois). Allen led the offense with a team-high four hits. Allen also stole home in the first inning, scored three runs, went 4-6 at the plate, and added an RBI. Wallen had a solid relief appearance on the mound, going a strong 5.2 innings with four strikeouts. 

W&J jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, before the Titans responded with six runs of their own. A three-run homerun by junior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) gave the Titans their first lead of the game. Reinthaler finished the game with a team-best four RBIs, going 2-7 at the plate. 

After holding an 11-5 lead, the Presidents battled back with scoring outbursts of three and four runs in consecutive innings to take the lead at 13-11. The Titans tied the game 13 all in the bottom of the ninth on an error by W&J's shortstop that allowed two runs to score. 

Washington and Jefferson took the lead for a final time in the top of the 11th inning, making the score 15-13. 

Other notable senior performances in their final home game included Dom Neely (Prospect, PA / Slippery Rock) and Eric Dunn (Freeport, PA / Freeport). Neely caught a stellar game behind the plate, throwing out two of the three runners that attempted to steal on him.  Neely also went 3-6 on the day with a double, while Dunn went 2-6 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Titans will head to Washington, PA tomorrow to close out the series against the Presidents in a doubleheader. Game is one is slated for 1:00 pm.

This release was written by Nick Grow ('13), senior accounting major

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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