BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Westminster College softball team opened up its season with a doubleheader sweep at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva on Monday. The Titans won, 8-3, in game one and claimed game two by a score of 7-5.
In game one, Westminster (2-0) jumped on the board in the first inning when sophomore Alexis Yates (Oakdale, PA / South Fayette) scored on an error to make the score 1-0. The Titans extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning off a pair of RBI-singles by first-year Elizabeth Malczak (Grove City, PA / Grove City Area) and sophomore Brooke Atkins (New Castle, PA / Laurel). Westminster blew the game open in the top of the fifth inning when senior Victoria Pezzuolo (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) delivered an RBI-triple to make the score 5-0. That would be all the offense the Titans would need, as Geneva (2-2) and Westminster scored three runs a-piece over the final two innings en-route to a Westminster victory. In game two, Malczak started in the circle and settled into a pitcher's duel early as neither team scored through the first three innings. That changed in the fourth frame, as sophomore Leah Pancake (North Lima, OH / Beaver Local) delivered a solo home run, followed by a Pezzuolo RBI-single to give Westminster a 2-0 lead. The Golden Tornadoes responded with a solo homer of their own in the bottom half to make it 2-1, before Westminster exploded with a five-run fifth inning, capped off by a Malczak RBI-single to make it 7-1, Titans. Geneva did not go away, scoring four runs over the next three innings to make it close, but Westminster compiled enough offense for the game to hold off the Golden Tornadoes.
Softball: Senior Victoria Pezzuolo blew the game open with an RBI triple in the top of the fifth inning to lift Westminster to an 8-3 victory over Geneva in Game One!Watch game two live here: https://t.co/5njviu0Rqr#titanpride pic.twitter.com/N1uJ9hxZIw— Westminster Titans (PA) Athletics (@WC_Titans) March 8, 2021
Atkins led the Titans in game one with a game-high three hits and tied a game-high with a pair of RBIs. Pezzuolo delivered two knocks, including the triple, while Pancake scored a game-high two runs. Malczak tied a game-high with two RBIs. Junior Madison Brown (Lisbon, OH / East Liverpool) started in the circle, getting the win after tossing six innings, scattering six hits, two earned runs and striking out six.
Atkins also posted a team-high three hits in game two, while Malczak, Pancake, sophomore Mackenzie Latess (New Castle, PA / Laurel) and senior Haley Bedalota (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell) each tallied a pair of base knocks. Malczak got the win over six innings of work, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits while striking out four. Sophomore Abbegail Froehlich (Pittsburgh, PA / Plum) picked up her first career save after tossing a scoreless bottom half of the seventh inning.
Westminster will be back in action on Thursday, March 11 when it travels to Greenville to take on the Thiel College Tomcats in a road doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.