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Westminster Produces 54 Athletes on Spring Academic Honor Roll

Sunday, June 29, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 54 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Spring 2014 Academic Honor Roll.
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Softball: 2014 Review

Friday, June 6, 2014

Head Coach Jan Reddinger led the Titans to a 20-16 overall record and a fifth place finish in the PAC with a 9-9 mark.

Five Titans were named on the All-PAC teams, led by senior first baseman Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) and senior outfielder Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) who were both voted to the Second Team. Senior second baseman Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional), freshman shortstop Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk), and junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) each received Honorable Mention.

Stoczynski, who started in all 36 games, was fourth in the PAC with a career- and team-high .411 batting average. She was also fourth in the conference with a career- and team-best .488 on base percentage. Stoczynski's career-high 44 hits stood second on the team and sixth in the league and also drew the most walks on the team with a career-high 17 (tied for third in the PAC).

Balko, who batted .293 in 2014, tied for third in the PAC with a career- and team-high 10 sacrifice bunts. Balko started in 33 games and added career-highs of 14 runs, 27 hits, and 10 RBIs.

Squelch started in all 36 games and led the Titans with 46 hits, which stood fourth in the PAC. Her team-high 11 doubles tied for seventh-best in the conference. Squelch also led Westminster with 59 total bases, standing in a tie for seventh in the PAC.

Brown was second on the team and sixth in the conference with a .384 batting average. Brown started in 35 games and stood second on the team and eighth in the PAC with a .440 on base percentage. Her 43 hits were third on the team and tied for seventh in the league.

Smith led the Titans and was seventh in the PAC with a 2.27 earned run average. Smith's career-high 11 wins led the team and stood fifth-best in the league. Her career- and team-high 126.1 innings pitched ranked fourth in the conference.

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 378 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.

Stoczynski and Squelch to Play Against USA Softball National Team

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

***Contributed by the Presidents' Athletic Conference

GREENVILLE, Pa. - A group of recent Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) graduates has been extended an invitation by the West Virginia Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) to participate in an exhibition doubleheader against the 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team. Former Titans first baseman Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, Pa. / Harbor Creek) and second baseman Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Perry Traditional) have been invited to compete.

The event, presented by West Virginia ASA and The Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held Thursday, July 3 at 6 p.m. at Hawley Field in Morgantown, W.Va. Hawley Field is the home of West Virginia University's baseball team.

Individual general admission tickets will be available for $15; VIP seating will be available for $20, while children under five will be admitted for free. An autograph session for all ticket holders is also scheduled to follow the doubleheader.

"This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of these ladies," said Geneva College director of athletic and head softball coach Van Zanic. "Having the opportunity to not only compete, but spend time with, some of the best softball players in the world is very exciting. It is a great way for some of the best players in the PAC to cap off their collegiate careers. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to coach such a tremendous collection of softball players and outstanding young women."

Working alongside Zanic with the PAC team will be Bethany College associate director of athletics and head softball coach Jan Forsty and Waynesburg University head softball coach Lou Giachetti.

West Virginia ASA and Commissioner Andy Dooley played a lead role in securing this unique opportunity for the PAC and the collection of some of the league's top performers.

PAC representatives have also been invited to participate in the USA Softball Player Clinic, scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at Hawley Field.

"What a great opportunity for softball players that compete at all levels of college ball have when the U.S. National Team plays an exhibition tour," said U.S. National Team head coach Ken Eriksen. "What I have found in all my years coaching in these types of events, you never know who you may "discover" out there. At the same time, it is a competition that our opponents in these games will never forget."

Twenty-six athletes have accepted invitations to the 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp, scheduled for June 8-19. These athletes will compete in a series of practices and exhibition games in hopes of making the final 17-player roster that will compete for Team USA throughout the summer. The final roster will be announced on USASoftball.com on June 22.

W.Va. ASA home page  
USA Softball player clinic information 

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 378 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.

Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).

Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.

Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.

The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.

The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team.  He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.  He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.

For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best.  Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition. 

The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).

The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:

WESPY AWARDS:
Honorary Titan Award - Cliff Yonata
Unsung Hero of the Year- (W)-Haley Casuccio, Soccer, (M)-Kory Gribbin, Football
Rookie of the Year-  (W)-Cassidy Shepherd, Track & Field, (M)-Dan Pletz, Swim& Dive
Two-Sport Athlete of the Year- (W)-Shelby Brown, Basketball and Softball, (M)-Anthony Thomas, Basketball and Track & Field
Comeback Athlete of the Year- (W)-Courtney Zitt, Basketball, (M)-David Wright, Football        Team Comeback of the Year-(W)-Softball vs. Thiel, (M)-Football vs. Bethany
Team Performance of the Year-(W)-Tennis, (M)-Track & Field
                                                                                                     
TEAM MVPs:
BASEBALL-John Jones                                   
BASKETBALL (W)-Gabby Holko                                 
BASKETBALL (M)-Anthony Thomas                         
C. COUNTRY (W)-Jenny Jones                    
C. COUNTRY (M)-Aaron Sutton                                
FOOTBALL-Dak Britt                                                       
GOLF (W)-Morgan Pierce                            
GOLF (M)-Ross Montanti                                              
SOCCER (W)-Jordan Steele                                           
SOCCER (M)-Ethan McCarthy                     
SOFTBALL- Lauren Stoczynski                                       
SWIMMING (W)-Erin Erdley                                       
SWIMMING (M)-Alan Nedley                    
TENNIS (W)-Caitie Hosler                                             
TENNIS (M)-Troy Abbott                                             
TRACK Indoor (W)-Haley Gabor               
TRACK Indoor (M)-Jason Frawley                            
TRACK Outdoor (W)-Haley Gabor                            
TRACK Outdoor (M)-Jason Frawley
VOLLEYBALL-Megan Romocean

Faculty members that were recognized for their support of Titan student-athletes inside and outside the classroom:                                                                        
-Dr. Andrew Ade, English.
-Dr. Helen Boylan-Furnari, Chemistry.
-Mr. Jesse Ligo, Business Administration.
-Dr. Robin Lind, Music.
-Dr. Sararose Lynch, Education.
-Dr. Kristenne Robison, Sociology

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 378 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.

Softball: Five Titans Earn All-PAC Honors

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its 2014 All-PAC Softball teams, as voted on by each of the league's 10 head coaches, Tuesday afternoon. Five Titans were named on the teams, led by senior first baseman Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) and senior outfielder Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) who were both tabbed on the Second Team. Senior second baseman Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry Traditional), shortstop freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, Pa. / Mohawk), and junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, Pa. / Titusville) were all named on the Honorable Mention Team.
 
Stoczynski, who started in all 36 games, was fourth in the PAC with a career- and team-high .411 batting average. She was also fourth in the conference with a career- and team-best .488 on base percentage. Stoczynski's career-high 44 hits stood second on the team and sixth in the league and also drew the most walks on the team with a career-high 17 (tied for third in the PAC).
 
Balko, who batted .293 in 2014, tied for third in the PAC with a career- and team-high 10 sacrifice bunts. Balko started in 33 games and added career-highs of 14 runs, 27 hits, and 10 RBIs.
 
Squelch started in all 36 games and led the Titans with 46 hits, which stood fourth in the PAC. Her team-high 11 doubles tied for seventh-best in the conference. Squelch also led Westminster with 59 total bases, standing in a tie for seventh in the PAC.
 
Brown was second on the team and sixth in the conference with a .384 batting average. Brown started in 35 games and stood second on the team and eighth in the PAC with a .440 on base percentage. Her 43 hits were third on the team and tied for seventh in the league.
 
Smith led the Titans and was seventh in the PAC with a 2.27 earned run average. Smith's career-high 11 wins led the team and stood fifth-best in the league. Her career- and team-high 126.1 innings pitched ranked fourth in the conference.
 
Westminster finished the 2014 season 20-16 overall and fifth in the PAC with a 9-9 mark.

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 378 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.

Softball: Titans Swept in Extras by Geneva on Senior Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team lost two games in a home Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader to Geneva on Saturday. The Titans lost, 7-2, after Geneva scored five runs in the 12th inning in game one, followed by a 5-4 loss in game two after a walk-off single from the Golden Tornadoes in the eighth inning.

In game one, Westminster took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Titan senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) singled home classmate Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek). Sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) followed with a single, scoring Balko. Geneva tied it, 2-2, after a run in the top of the seventh.

Titan junior Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (11-7) pitched 11.2 innings in game one, while giving up seven runs on 19 hits. Smith struck out three batters and walked four.

Westminster took a 1-0 lead in game two with a run in its first at bat, after Titan freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) singled home senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional). Geneva went in front with two runs in the second inning, however, Westminster tied it with a run in the third after a two-run double off the bat of Stoczynski.

The Titans led 4-3 in the seventh inning after sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) singled home Brown. Geneva, however, forced extra innings with a run in the bottom half.

Forrest (7-7) pitched a complete game in the nightcap, giving up five runs (three earned) off 15 hits. Forrest struck out seven batters and only walked one.

Westminster will travel to Pitt-Greensburg for a doubleheader on Monday. Its final regular season game will start at 3:30 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 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 378 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.

Softball: Titans Drop Two at Thomas More

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College softball team lost two games in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at Thomas More on Wednesday. The Titans were unable to hold onto a 5-4 lead in game one and lost, 7-5, followed by a 5-0 loss in game two.

Down 3-1 in game one, Westminster (20-14, 9-7 PAC) took a 4-3 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning. Titan freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) led off the inning with a solo home run to right center field, the first of her collegiate career. Two batters later, classmate Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) belted the ball over the left field fence for her first collegiate home run. Sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) scored the third run with an RBI-single, scoring senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield).

Thomas More (27-8, 14-2 PAC) tied the game, 4-4, with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Titans quickly regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth. Senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) singled home Balko. The Saints, however, managed to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Titan junior Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (11-6) went 5.0 innings, while giving up seven runs (only two earned) off 11 hits. Smith struck out one batter and walked two.

In game two, Thomas More scored two runs in the third inning and three in the seventh. Westminster had a game-high nine runners left on base, including six runners in scoring position. Titan sophomore pitcher Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) (7-6) pitched a complete game, her eighth of the season, while giving up five runs (only two earned) off six hits. Forrest struck out three batters and walked two.

Westminster will host Geneva for Senior Day on Saturday. The first pitch of the PAC doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.

Updated 4/24, 5:10 PM

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 378 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.

Softball: Titans Split with Penn State Altoona

Monday, April 21, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team split with Penn State Altoona in a nonconference home doubleheader on Monday. The Titans won, 3-2, in game one, and lost, 4-1, in the nightcap.

In game one, Penn State Altoona (24-9) capitalized off a Titan error in the first inning and scored two runs. Westminster (20-12) tied the game, 2-2, with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) and senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Lindsey and Balko each advanced a base after sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) laid down a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) followed with an RBI-single, scoring Lindsey. Two batters later, senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) scored Balko with a walk. Forrest put Westminster in front in the sixth inning with a sacrifice-fly-RBI, scoring senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek). Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (11-5) earned the win in a complete-game effort. Smith gave up two runs (none earned) off four hits, while striking out four batters and walking one.

In game two, Westminster took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Stoczynski singled home Squelch, who led off the inning with a single. The Lions scored two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Titans threatened in their last at bat with runners on first and second base with one out, however, they were unable to produce any runs. Forrest (7-5) pitched a complete game and gave up four runs off eight hits, while striking out four batters and walking none.

The Titans will travel to Thomas More on Wednesday for a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is set for 3:30 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 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 378 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.

Softball: Forrest Helps Titans Split With Grove City

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team split with Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Grove City in a home doubleheader on Tuesday. The Titans lost, 3-2, in game one and won, 1-0, in the nightcap.

Westminster (19-11, 9-5) held a 2-0 lead going into the top of the fourth inning in game one. Grove City (6-19, 2-12), however, cut the Titans' lead to 2-1 with a run in the fourth and took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the seventh. The Wolverines managed to score the final two runs while occupying the Titan defense with a rundown after a walk on back-to-back plays. Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (10-5) pitched a complete game, while giving up three runs (only one earned) off seven hits. Smith struck out three batters and walked two.

In game two, Westminster sophomore pitcher Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) (7-4) pitched a gem as she only gave up four hits in the complete-game-shutout win. Forrest struck out four batters and walked none. The Titans scored the lone run of the game in the fourth inning when freshman Francesca Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln) singled home sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry).

Westminster will host Penn. State-Altoona on Monday in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 3:30 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 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 378 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.

Softball: Titans Sweep Thiel in Comeback Fashion

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team swept Thiel in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader on Wednesday. The Titans won, 8-2, in game one and came back from a 6-0 deficit to win 10-9 in eight innings in game two. Titan senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) led the offense as she batted a combined .455 (5-for-11) with team-highs of four RBIs and four runs scored, while adding a double and a triple.

In the nightcap, Westminster (18-10, 8-4 PAC) was down 6-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Titans, however, regrouped and scored four runs in the fifth, all with two outs. Squelch scored the first run after an error from Thiel (12-16, 5-7 PAC). Titan senior Katy Balko (New Stanton, PA / Hempfield) brought Westminster within two runs after a 3-RBI-triple to left center field.

After Thiel added three runs in the top of the sixth, bringing the score to 9-4, the Titans scored one run in the fifth and four in the seventh to tie the game at 9-9. In the seventh, Squelch added a triple of her own, scoring freshman Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) and Balko. Three batters later, senior Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) connected on a 2-RBI-single (for her team-leading 21st RBI on the year), scoring senior Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls) and Squelch.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Westminster had the bases loaded with one out. Squelch reached on base with a fielder's choice and Balko came in for the game-winning run after a throwing error from Thiel. Westminster junior pitcher Carly Leffakis (Pittsburgh, PA / North Catholic) (2-2) got the win after coming in for relief. Leffakis only gave up three hits in 2.2 shutout-innings. She struck out one batter and walked none.  

In game one, Westminster took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the third inning. Squelch batted-in the first run as she scored Lindsey with a single. Pamer singled up the middle scoring freshman Francesca Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln). Freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) added two more runs with a single, scoring Pamer and Squelch. Thiel cut the Titans' lead to 4-2 in the bottom half of the inning, however the Tomcats did not score any more runs in the game. Westminster scored three more runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth. Westminster junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) (10-4) earned her team-leading 10th win on the season in a complete-game effort. Smith only gave up two runs off six hits, while striking out three batters and walking none.

The Titans will host Grove City tomorrow in a conference doubleheader. First pitch of game one is slated for 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 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 378 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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