NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College softball team swept Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Grove City College at home Friday afternoon.
Westminster (16-5, 7-0 PAC) defeated Grove City (3-11, 1-5 PAC), 3-0, in game one and beat the Wolverines, 5-4, in walk-off fashion in game two, courtesy of an RBI-single from junior Kailey Liverman (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley). After game one’s victory, 22nd-year Head Softball Coach Jan Reddinger earned her 500th career win at Westminster. She is the first coach in program history to reach 500 wins, and currently sits 24th among Division III active head coaches for most wins in a career.
The Titans are currently on a 14-game winning streak, ranking third-longest in school history.
In game one, the Titans jumped to an early 1-0 lead off the bat of senior Addie Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom half of the third, Dieterich flew out to right, bringing in senior Emiley Westfall (Jefferson, OH / Perry) and extending the Titan lead, 2-0. Senior Jazmyn Rohrer (Purcellville, VA / Woodgrove) drove in a run of her own, singling to center field in the same inning. Westminster led 3-0 after three and kept the Wolverines in check the rest of the way. Rohrer pitched a complete-game-shutout, giving up three hits and striking out 15 batters. Rohrer now has 32 strikeouts combined in back-to-back starts. Dieterich finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Westfall went 1-for-3 with one run and a hit.
In game two, Grove City struck first in the top of the first inning, scoring one run to lead 1-0. Westminster answered with two runs of its own (2-1) in the bottom half of the first, after a Liverman single and senior Courtney Cohen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) advancing a runner home on a groundout. In the bottom of the third, the Wolverines put up three runs to lead, 4-2. In the bottom of the third, Dieterich’s bat continued to stay hot as she doubled to left center, bringing in Westfall and pulling within one of Grove City’s lead, 4-3. In the bottom half of the sixth, first-year Breanna Tetirick (New Concord, OH / John Glenn) singled to right field, scoring Liverman and tying the game at four. Rohrer shut down the Wolverines in the top of the seventh to make way for a walk-off opportunity. Westfall started the inning with a single. Westfall stole second base, and with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Liverman singled up the middle, scoring Westfall, giving the Titans a 5-4 victory. Liverman finished 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, while Dieterich went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Senior Hannah Ritter (Front Royal, VA / Skyline) started on the mound for the Titans, throwing four innings and giving up four earned runs, while striking out four. Rohrer, who pitched the rest of the game, earned her 13th win of the season and struck out four over three scoreless innings.
Westminster is back in action Saturday, April 14 at home against PAC opponent Washington & Jefferson College in a doubleheader. Game one is slated for 10 a.m.