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March 27, 2010

Wolverines split at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College baseball team opened Presidents' Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader at Westminster. Grove City earned a 4-3 win in the opener. However, Westminster rallied for a 7-5 win in Game Two.

In the opener, Grove City senior pitcher Mike Herringshaw (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) fired a five-hit complete game. He struck out two and walked just one in his seven innings. Herringshaw became Grove City's all-time leader in innings pitched in the win and now has 193 innings for his career.

Thirteenth-year head coach Rob Skaricich picked up his 200th win at Grove City in Game One of Saturday's doubleheader. He ranks second all-time in program history in coaching wins.

Grove City (3-7, 1-1) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but took the lead for good with a three-run third. Sophomore DH Dan Perkins (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) opened the inning with a double and scored on a single by freshman right fielder Josh Sacks (Columbia, Md./Chapelgate Christian). Sacks scored the go-ahead run on a single from junior third baseman Andrew Patterson (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian).

Moments later, junior catcher Marcus Magister (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) doubled in Patterson. Patterson would add a run-scoring single in the fourth to push Grove City's lead to 4-1.

Patterson and Sacks both went 3 for 4 while junior center fielder Dan Quirk (Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville) added a double. Perkins finished 2 for 3.

Westminster closed to within 4-3 in the sixth on a two-run homer by catcher Dan Argiro. However, Herringshaw retired the final five batters of the game to secure his 15th career win.

Argiro belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in Game Two to give the Titans (4-9, 1-1) a 7-5 win. Grove City led 5-2 entering the bottom of the seventh but could not seal the win.

Magister cracked a two-run home run in the third inning for Grove City while Quirk went 3 for 3.

Junior pitcher Cory Metcalf (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) pitched into the seventh for Grove City, allowing four runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Sophomore reliever Andrew Krull (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) took the defeat.

The teams will complete their three-game series March 28 with a single 9-inning game at Grove City's R. Jack Behringer Field. The game will start at 4 p.m.

Game One Box Score                Game Two Box Score

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