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Westminster sweeps Grove City 

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College softball team fell out of first place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Wednesday afternoon by dropping both ends of a doubleheader with visiting Westminster (9-10-1, 2-0).  

Grove City (6-10, 2-2 PAC) dropped a 2-0 decision in the opener, then allowed a 5-0 lead to dissipate in a 6-5, 8-inning loss in the nightcap.

In the nightcap, Grove City (the visiting team in the second game) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Junior shortstop Allison Atwood (Warren, Pa./Warren), sophomore catcher Rachel Romance (East Springfield, Pa./Northwestern) and freshman pitcher Sarah Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) loaded the bases with consecutive singles.

With two outs, Atwood scored on a fielder's choice and Romance touched home on an error. Senior first baseman Rachel Russell (Shelbina, Mo./South Shelby) cracked a two-run single that gave Grove City a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Abigail Russell (Shelbina, Mo./South Shelby) followed with a single and senior center fielder Ellie Smith capped the inning with a run-scoring single that drove in Rachel Russell.

However, Westminster scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, then added two unearned runs in the sixth. In the seventh, two Grove City errors allowed Westminster's Julie Zappa to score the game-tying run. Westminster then won the game in the bottom of the eighth as Heidi Kimmel singled in Danielle Kepics with one out. 

Freshman Jes Flick (Boyers, Pa./Moniteau) took the loss in relief of Sarah Smith. Flick allowed two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Smith pitched into the sixth, allowing two earned runs.

In the opener, Grove City mustered just three hits against winning Lady Titan hurler Darcy Sutton, who also earned a relief win in the second game. Atwood struck out eight and allowed two earned runs in a complete-game effort. Over the second, third and fourth innings, Atwood recorded seven straight outs by strikeout. Atwood now has 59 strikeouts in 51 innings. 

Grove City returns to action Thursday at PAC rival Thiel for a 4 p.m. doubleheader. 

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