CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Second-seeded Westminster College won both of its games in day one of the 2018 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Championship Tournament on Friday. Top-seeded Thomas More College is hosting the event.
The Titans shutout third-seeded Saint Vincent College, 3-0, in game one, and defeated Thomas More, 4-1, in the winner’s bracket.
Titan senior pitcher Jazmyn Rohrer (Purcellville, VA / Woodgrove) won both games in complete-game fashions. She only gave up one run in 14.0 innings for an earned run average of 0.64. Rohrer totaled 22 strikeouts, including 13 against the Saints. Her first strikeout against Thomas More broke the program’s record for most career strikeouts, previously held by Bethany Pinkerton (1998-2001) who had 520. With the pair of victories, Rohrer has now won a career-high 20 games this year – which also leads the PAC.
In game one against Saint Vincent (22-9), Westminster (27-7) scored all of its runs with two outs. The Titans scored their first run in the third inning when senior Alexa Owrey (New Castle, PA / Shenango) connected on a two-out single up the middle, bringing home senior Addie Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) from second – who got on base with a double. In the fourth inning, senior Nikki Anderson (Oakmont, PA / Riverview) added insurance for the Titans with a two-out two-run home run to right field, tying for the most home runs on the team with three; sophomore Lauren McNany (Emlenton, PA / Allegheny-Clarion Valley), who pinched ran, scored on the play. Rohrer only allowed four hits in her sixth shutout of the season, while striking out nine.
Against Thomas More (28-14), the Titans scored first when junior Kailey Liverman (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) reached on base by a Thomas More error and A. Dieterich, who got on with a double to right center, scored on the play. The Saints tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Andrea Gahan tripled home Alix DeDreu. The Saints threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth with runners on first and second and two outs, however, Titan senior Courtney Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) threw out Thomas More’s Sydney Turner at home as she tried to score off a single by Dallis Knotts; A. Dieterich made the tag. After an hour rain delay, Liverman singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh – scoring Owrey, who got on with a double. Liverman is now tied with a team-best 22 RBIs this season. Two batters later, senior Courtney Cohen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) hit a two-run home run, her first of the season and third of her career, to left center, giving the Titans a comfortable 4-1 lead. Rohrer struck out 13 batters, marking the 12th time this year she has had double-digit strikeouts in a game. Thomas More’s season-high in team strike outs was eight coming into the game. Rohrer now has a Westminster record 533 career strikeouts.
Saint Vincent will play Thomas More in the elimination game Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. The Titans will play the winner at 1 p.m. for their second PAC Title in school history.