NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College baseball team split a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader at home against Washington & Jefferson College on Senior Day Saturday.
The Titans lost, 4-2, in 10 innings in game one, and won the nightcap, 7-6, with a walk-off single by junior Tyler Zaletel (Perry, OH / Perry) in the bottom of the ninth.
In game one, Westminster (15-14, 9-9 PAC) put the first run on the scoreboard when senior Brandon Rossier (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) scored on an error in the second inning. The 1-0 Titan lead would remain until the seventh inning when Mullen Socha tied the game for Washington & Jefferson (25-14-1, 16-2-0 PAC) with a sacrifice fly. Junior Michael Douds (Erie, PA / Cathedral Prep) put Westminster back in front, 2-1, in the seventh with an RBI-walk. W&J, however, tied the game with a two-out double by Luke Zahren in the ninth to force extra innings. In the top of the 10th, the Presidents scored two runs off the bat of Spencer Howell. Titan senior pitcher Joseph Salmen (New Castle, PA / Union) moved to 3-3 on the year after pitching a complete game. Salmen gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking four.
In the nightcap, the Titans led 6-1 after five innings of play. The Presidents, however, chipped at Westminster’s lead with two runs in the sixth and two in the eighth. W&J tied the game, 6-6, with a run in the ninth. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Zaletel singled home sophomore Jaret Johnson (Niles, OH / Niles McKinley) for the walk-off victory. Johnson came in for relief and improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season, after pitching 2.0 innings. Johnson gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits. He struck out one and walked one. Junior Cory Pullen (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny), who started on the mound, only gave up one earned run in seven innings. Senior Brandon Rossier (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) and Douds each had a team-high three hits, including a double apiece, for the Titans. Junior Dante Parente (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) added a two-run double.
Westminster will find out on Monday, May 7 if it has received a bid to compete in the Division III Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament.