Presidents Drop Two Softball Games In New Wilmington
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster was down to its last out, but rallied for a 3-2 victory in game one and then used that momentum to earn a PAC softball sweep of Washington & Jefferson after an 8-3 win in the nightcap Thursday.
The Titans (7-9, 3-1 PAC ) received four hits and three runs scored from shortstop Katie Hughes during the two games.
W&J (11-9, 1-3 PAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one when sophomore third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) knocked in junior shortstop Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Twp.) with a single.
Hughes singled and scored in the fourth to tie the game, but W&J reclaimed the lead in the sixth after Marak drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on sophomore catcher Susan Lessman's (Dalton, Ohio/Dalton) groundout.
Hughes singled in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and two batters later, Lauren Stoczynski ended the game with a bases-loaded single. Stoczynski finished the day with three base hits.
Freshman Emily Watson (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) took the tough loss in the circle after allowing one earned run on nine hits in the complete game. She walked two and fanned a pair of Titans. Cunningham led the W&J lineup with two hits and a stolen base.
Westminster led 2-1 heading into the top of the fifth inning of game two. The Titans tacked on three runs, but W&J sliced the lead in half with two runs in the bottom half. Cunningham singled and scored on an error, while Marak brought home senior second baseman Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) on a groundout.
W&J could not get any closer; however, as Westminster sealed the sweep with one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Cunningham scored twice in game two, while sophomore right fielder Chalese Wilson (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) had two hits, including a double. Junior Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) was the losing pitcher after surrendering three earned runs on six hits in four innings (2BB, 1K).
The Presidents look to snap their three-game losing streak on Saturday when entertaining Thomas More at Brooks Park for a 1:00 pm doubleheader.