GAMBIER, Ohio (Kevin Hart, TITAN ATHLETICS)– The Westminster College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Kenyon College on the road Saturday.
Westminster (5-5) won game one, 4-2, and lost game two, 11-0. Kenyon moved to 12-5 on the season.
In game one, the Lords got off to an early lead with a run in the first inning. Westminster struck back in the second inning with an RBI-double by first-year James Diamond (Moon Twp, PA / Moon Area) that scored junior Frank Cinicola (Cranberry Township, PA / Seneca Valley) and an RBI-groundout by first-year Matt Buck (Willoughby, OH / Willoughby) that scored senior Hunter Alexander (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk). The Titans extended their lead to 3-1 in the fourth when Cinicola scored on an RBI-fielder’s choice by Alexander. In the bottom of the fifth, the Lords scored one run on an RBI-double to cut the Titans’ lead to one. The double also gave Kenyon runners on second and third with only one out, but Titan junior starting pitcher Dante Parente (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) slammed the door shut with a strikeout and groundout. In the top of the sixth, the Titans added an insurance run on an RBI-single by junior Jaret Johnson (Niles, OH / Niles McKinley) that scored first-year Austin Webb (Wadsworth, OH / Wadsworth). In the bottom of the sixth, first-year Matt Costello (New Castle, PA / Union Area) relieved Parente and gave up back-to-back singles to start the half-inning, but would end the threat getting an out on a sacrifice bunt, a groundout, and a foul-out. The Lords threatened again in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and second with two outs, but Costello forced a flyout to seal the Titan victory. Johnson finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Cinicola led the way in runs, scoring two, and added a stolen base. Parente earned his first win of the season giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. Costello earned his first save pitching two shutout innings.
In game two, Kenyon had an eight-run second inning, added a run in the fourth, and scored twice in the fifth. Parente led the Titans at the plate with two hits, including a double, while Cinicola, Alexander, Costello, and Johnson each tallied a hit. First-year Logan Minch (Grove City, PA / Grove City) started the contest and pitched one inning, giving up five runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out one. Junior Dante Sienko (Wexford, PA / Pine-Richland), first-year Cory Fleming (Monessen, PA / Monessen) and junior Marcus Masters (Warren, OH / Warren G Harding) pitched the remainder of the game. Masters held the Lords scoreless through one and two-thirds, while only giving up one hit and a walk and striking out two.
The Titans’ next game will be a doubleheader at Geneva College for their first Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) matchup of the year on Tuesday, March 26, starting at 1 p.m.