Game Box Score April 10, 2003
Grove City rallies past
Westminster in PAC clash
by Greg Knowlden, sports information student assistant
GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Grove City College baseball team
(6-6, 4-3 PAC) twice battled from behind, then caught and finally beat visiting
Westminster 7-6 in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference showdown Thursday
Each team left a pair of runners in scoring position in
the first inning. Grove City starter freshman Ryan Carr (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk)
and Titan hurler Pat Boyle matched zeros through the first four frames.
In the fifth, a Westminster home run with two outs after a
pair of Wolverine errors put the Titans up 3-0.
However, the Wolverines responded as junior second baseman Jake Cuthbert
(Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon), freshman DH Jerry Ott (Bridgeville, Pa./South
Fayette), sophomore first baseman Joel Diller (Harville, Ohio/Marlington), and
freshman shortstop Mike Ritter (Moon, PA/Moon) hit consecutive two-out singles
to score three runs.
The Titans got one in the sixth and seventh to push their
lead to 5-3. A triple by Cuthbert
was followed by a double by Ott to generate a run for Grove City in the bottom
of the seventh. In the top of the
eighth, sophomore Mike Gundy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), on in
relief of Carr, stranded men at second and third with a strikeout and bouncer to
the mound to keep the Wolverines within reach.
With one out in the bottom half of the eighth, sophomore catcher A.J. Stedford (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) came through with a clutch home run to left-center, his first collegiate blast. Sophomore outfielder Michael McMillen (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) followed with a single, and freshman center fielder Jason DeMeo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) drilled a double to right-center. After a strikeout, the Titans attempted to intentionally walk Ott, who was 3-for-3 on the day.
However, the first pitch was thrown over the catcher,
allowing McMillen to score the go-ahead run.
Ott went down to first on the intentional walk.
DeMeo scored on a delayed double steal for an insurance run that would
prove to be invaluable.
Westminster’s first two batters reached in the top of
the ninth, which brought Cuthbert to the mound for a save opportunity.
Stedford threw a runner out stealing, his third of the game, for the
first out. After an infield single
that plated a run, McMillen tracked down a fly ball in the gap in right-center
for the second out, and Cuthbert and Stedford teamed up for a strikeout to close
Cuthbert was 3-for-4 with two runs, and Ott reached base
in all five plate appearances. Diller
collected a pair of singles for the Wolverines, and Ritter, the reigning
conference player of the week, had a pair of runs batted in.
Grove City will play a full slate of conference action over the next week as they make up postponed games and look to qualify for post-season conference play.
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