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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. ITitan Athletics) – The Westminster College softball team swept Penn State Altoona in their home-opener on Thursday with a pair of walk-off victories. The Titans won game one, 3-2, with a walk-off single by sophomore Haley Bedalota (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell) and first-year Madison Brown (Lisbon, OH / East Liverpool) drew a walk with the bases loaded for a 1-0 walk-off victory in the nightcap.
Penn State Altoona (8-10) scored first in the third inning and led 1-0 through three innings. Sophomore Alexis Brinza (McKees Rocks, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) put Westminster (8-12) on the board in the fourth with an RBI-double, bringing home first-year Jasmine Woodings (Verona, PA / Penn Hills).

The Lions went back in front in the top of the seventh and final inning. Sophomore Breanna Tetirick (New Concord, OH / John Glenn) connected on a one-out RBI-double, scoring Brinza, who led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Bedalota hit the walk-off single with a line drive down the right field line, scoring senior Makena Baumgardner (Summerhill, PA / Forest Hills) (who came in to pinch-run) for the game-winner.

Titan first-year pitcher Krystyna Burdelski (Pittsburgh, PA / Fox Chapel) earned her team-leading fifth win of the season (5-5) with a complete-game victory. Burdelski struck out five, while walking only one. In game two, Titan sophomore Bailey Griffith (McDonald, PA / Fort Cherry) kept the Lions off the scoreboard in the top of the sixth with a diving catch in right field with two outs and a runner on second.

In the seventh, sophomore Ashley Chorney (Indian Trail, NC / Porter Ridge) took advantage of a pinch-hitting opportunity as she hit a one-out single on the first pitch. Bedalota and Woodings connected on back-to-back singles to load the bases. Brown came to bat, and drew a two-out walk, scoring Griffith for the game-winner. Brown (3-7) pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only five hits and striking out two. The Titans are back in action Saturday, April 6 with a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at Grove City College starting at 1 p.m.

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