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CLERMONT, Fla. – The Westminster College softball team split a pair of games on Thursday at The Spring Games in Florida. The Titans won, 7-2, over Ohio Wesleyan University in game one and lost, 5-4, in eight innings to Lakeland University in the nightcap.
Against Ohio Wesleyan (0-3), Titan first-year Madison Brown (Lisbon, OH / East Liverpool) connected on a two-run single in the top of the first, scoring sophomores Alexis Brinza (McKees Rocks, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) and Haley Bedalota (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell), to put the Titans up 2-0. The Battling Bishops cut Westminster’s lead with a run in the first and tied the game at 2 with a run in the second. Westminster regained the lead (3-2) after sophomore Ashley Chorney (Indian Trail, NC / Porter Ridge) earned an RBI-double, her team-leading third double of the season, bringing home Brinza. Westminster, led by first-year pitcher Krystyna Burdelski (Pittsburgh, PA / Fox Chapel), held Ohio Wesleyan scoreless the rest of the game. The Titans added three more runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. Burdelski (2-1) pitched a complete game, while giving up two runs on nine hits and striking out one. Bedalota led at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored, and a walk. Brown added two hits and a team-high two RBIs. Chorney and senior Cheyenne Shifflett (Etters, PA / Trinity) each had a double.
In game two versus Lakeland (3-5), the Titans had a 4-0 lead going into the fourth inning. Bedalota led off the game with a home run, the first of her career and first for the Titans this season. Junior Lauren McNany (Emlenton, PA / Allegheny-Clarion Valley) scored the second Titan run in the first from an error. Westminster took advantage of another error by Lakeland with two runs in the fifth and led 4-0 after five innings of play. Lakeland, however, rallied with a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by a pair of triples; Meghan Etten had a two-run triple, Cheyenne Mathas had an RBI-single, and Amber Andersen scored the tying run with a triple. In extra innings, Etten delivered again for Lakleland, this time with an RBI-double, bringing home the game-winning run. In the bottom of the eighth, Westminster had a runner on third with only one out, but was unable to tie the game. Brown (1-2) pitched a complete game, while giving up five runs (four earned) on 12 hits. She struck out five and walked one.
Westminster (3-3) will continue its Florida Trip on Thursday, March 14 against Keene State College at 9:30 a.m. and Susquehanna University at 11:45 a.m.

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