Saturday, March 22, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College softball team won its fifth-straight game after it swept Pitt-Bradford at home on Saturday. The Titans won game one, 5-2, and won, 2-1, in the nightcap.
In game one, Westminster was down, 2-0, after four innings of play. The Titans cut into the Panthers' lead in the bottom of the fifth after senior Erika Pamer (Beaver Falls, PA / Beaver Falls) singled in freshman Francesca Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln), who led off with an infield single.
Westminster pulled away after a four-run sixth inning. Titan freshman Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) batted in Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, PA / Harbor Creek) with a single, tying the game, 2-2. Westminster sophomore Lexi Sheffer (Seneca, PA / Cranberry) made the most of her opportunity as pinch hitter at the next at-bat as she connected on a two-RBI-single, scoring Lindsey and freshman Cassandra Patterson (Navarre, OH / Tuslaw). Two batters later, senior Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, PA / Perry Traditional) added insurance with an RBI-single to left field.
Titan junior pitcher Ashley Smith (Spartansburg, PA / Titusville) earned the win in game one and improved to 5-1, while throwing her team-best fifth complete game. Smith gave up two runs off six hits and struck out three batters, while walking none.
In game two, Westminster took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after Stoczynski batted in Squelch for her team-leading 13th RBI of the season. Pitt-Bradford tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh, Westminster capitalized with the bases loaded and no outs as Lindsey connected on a walk-off single, scoring Pamer. Westminster sophomore pitcher Amber Forrest (Clear Spring, MD / Clear Spring) only gave up one run off five hits in a complete-game effort. Forrest, who also improved to 5-1 on the season, struck out seven batters and walked one.
The Titans will host Penn. State-Altoona on Monday with game one staring 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.