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LATROBE, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– The third-seeded Westminster College softball team advanced in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament with a split on Thursday. The Titans dropped the first game against second-seeded Thiel College, 2-1, before defeating fourth-seed Geneva College in the elimination game, 3-2. 
In game one, Thiel (18-23) quickly got on the board in the top of the first inning with two runs.  Despite the early runs from the Tomcats, Westminster (19-17) kept Thiel off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. Westminster got its first run of the game in the third inning, when first-year Jasmine Woodings (Verona, PA / Penn Hills) executed a sacrifice bunt to score sophomore Haley Bedalota (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell), cutting the Tomcats’ lead to 2-1. The Titans threatened again in the fifth inning, when sophomore Alexis Brinza (McKees Rocks, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) singled to start the inning, but the Titans were unable to bring her home, ending their eight-game winning streak. Bedalota and Brinza led the way offensively in game one, both tallying two hits for Westminster. First-year pitcher Madison Brown (Lisbon, OH / East Liverpool) tossed six innings, scattered five hits, gave up two runs (zero earned), and tallied four strikeouts in the loss.

In game two, the Titans scored first against the Golden Tornadoes (19-19) when Brinza delivered with an RBI-double in the second inning to give the Titans their first lead of the tournament. The Titans scored again in the inning when first-year Krystyna Burdelski (Pittsburgh, PA / Fox Chapel) knocked in Brinza with an RBI-single to put Westminster in front, 2-0. Geneva responded with two runs of its own in the fifth inning to knot the game at 2-2. The Titans responded in the sixth inning when Brinza came through in the clutch with her second hit of the game, driving in Woodings, which proved to be the game-winning RBI. Brinza had two hits and two RBIs to bolster the Westminster offense. Brown started in the circle again with a complete-game victory, giving up two runs (zero earned) and tallying five strikeouts.

The Titans will be back in action Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m. facing off against No. 2 Thiel. 
*Written by Mike Boucher

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