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.
Westminster Produces 54 Athletes on Spring Academic Honor Roll
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.
The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. A total of 461 student-athletes from the 10-league schools were recognized.
The following is a listing of the 54 Westminster student-athletes recognized on the PAC Spring 2014 Academic Honor Roll:
Stoczynski and Squelch to Play Against USA Softball National Team
***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.
Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards
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:
Softball: Five Titans Earn All-PAC Honors
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.
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Softball: Titans Swept in Extras by Geneva on Senior Day
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.
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Softball: Titans Drop Two at Thomas More
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
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Recent Softball Results
||@ Pitt-Greensburg DH||Canceled|
||GENEVA*||L, 5-4 (8)|
||GENEVA*||L, 7-2 (12)|
||@ Thomas More*||L, 5-0|
||@ Thomas More*||L, 7-5|
||PENN STATE-ALTOONA||L, 4-1|
* - Presidents' Athletic Conference games
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