NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College baseball team split with Saint Vincent College at home in its home and Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) opener Sunday afternoon.
The Titans lost game one, 11-3, but regrouped and won the nightcap, 7-5.
In game one, Saint Vincent (5-9, 1-1 PAC) led, 4-0, going into the bottom of the third inning. Westminster (6-5, 1-1 PAC) cut into the Bearcats’ lead in the bottom of the third after junior Dante Parente (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) connected on a two-run single, scoring senior Joseph Salmen (New Castle, PA / Union) and sophomore Vince Guerrieri (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe). Saint Vincent responded in the top of the fourth inning with five runs, highlighted by a grand slam by Bobby Finn. The Bearcats added a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. Senior Brandon Rossier (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) scored the final run for the Titans with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, his first of the season. Salmen went 6.0 innings on the mound, giving up nine runs (four earned) off 10 hits and striking out eight. Saint Vincent outhit Westminster, 14-9.
The Bearcats scored first in game two with a run in the fourth inning after an RBI-single by Joe Rudzinski. Salmen tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI-single, scoring junior Hunter Alexander (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk). Rossier followed with a two-run homer over the center field fence, giving the Titans their first lead of the day (3-1). Saint Vincent cut Westminster’s lead to 3-2 with a run in the top of the sixth inning. The Titans extended their lead to 7-2 after scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Brad Stein (Boynton Beach, FL / Palm Beach Central) started the scoring with a two-run double. After Guerrieri hit an RBI-single, Parente smacked a two-RBI-ground-rule-double down the left field line, putting the Titans up, 7-2. The Bearcats rallied with two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Saint Vincent had runners on first and second with two outs, but Titan sophomore Jaret Johnson (Niles, OH / Niles McKinley), who came in for relief earlier in the inning, struck out Nick Amatucci swinging to seal the save and the Titan victory. Junior Cory Pullen (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) improved to 2-1 on the year after pitching 7.2 innings, giving up four runs off nine hits. Pullen struck out seven and walked three. Both teams had 12 hits.
The Titans will be back on the field Wednesday, March 28 with a home non-conference doubleheader against Penn State Allegheny. Game one is set for 2 p.m.