GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Westminster College baseball team swept Grove City College on the road in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader on Monday.
The Titans held off a Wolverine comeback in game one and won, 9-8, and completed the sweep with a 5-1 victory in game two.
The first four innings of game one were scoreless. Westminster (12-10, 6-6 PAC) orchestrated a 5-0 lead after five runs in the fifth. Junior Michael Douds (Erie, PA / Cathedral Prep) highlighted the fifth with a three-run double. Grove City (12-16, 6-8 PAC) scored two in the bottom half of the fifth. The Titans extended their lead to 8-2 with three more runs in the seventh, which included a two-run single by sophomore Tyler Barnot (Pittsburgh, PA / Bethel Park). The Wolverines added a run in the eighth, while the Titans scored one in the top of the ninth. Grove City rallied with a five-run ninth. The Wolverines were up with two outs and had D.J. Newby
on second base in the ninth. Jesse Clary singled to right field and Newby rounded third and headed home for the tying run, however, Barnot threw Newby out. Titan senior pitcher Joseph Salmen (New Castle, PA / Union) improved to 2-2 on the season in his second complete-game victory of the year. Salmen struck out eight and walked four.
In game two, Douds put the Titans in front early with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, scoring sophomore Vince Guerrieri (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe). The Wolverines tied the game at one with a sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom of the third. Guerrieri quickly put Westminster back ahead, 2-1, with a ground-out RBI in top the of the fourth. The Titans scored again in the sixth and twice more in the ninth. Junior pitcher Cory Pullen (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) improved to 4-2 on the season as he pitched 7.0 innings, while giving up one run on four hits. Pullen struck out six and walked four. Junior Dante Parente (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk), who went 2-for-4 with a double, came in for relief and earned the save after pitching a three-hit-shutout in two innings of work.
The Titans will be back on the field Saturday, April 28 with a conference doubleheader at Chatham University. Game one is set for 1 p.m.