May 14, 2011
Wolverines finish 3rd
STRUTHERS, Ohio -- The Grove City College baseball team dropped an 8-4 decision to Westminster Saturday afternoon in an elimination game at the 2011 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at Bob Cene Park. Grove City (22-16) finishes third in the tournament as a result of dropping the consolation bracket final.
Grove City led 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh but Westminster (25-15) took the lead with a three-run outburst. The Titans then added two insurance runs in the eighth on Tyler Robinson's two-run homer.
Grove City trailed 3-1 after three innings but forged a 3-3 tie in the top of the fourth. Sophomore catcher Doug Wells (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's) doubled after freshman first baseman Ryan Parker (Houston, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) reached on a hit batsman.
Parker scored on a single by junior second baseman Brandon Durbin (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) and Wells scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly from senior center fielder Dan Quirk (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Schuylerville).
The Wolverines then took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when senior shortstop Scott Moran (Columbia, Md./Chapelgate Christian) singled, stole second, advanced on an error and came home on a single by freshman third baseman Tom Hawley (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora).
Grove City took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Parker singled in Moran.
Wells doubled twice and Hawley went 3 for 4. Senior left fielder Butch Kriger (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) doubled.
Sophomore pitcher Erick Locker (Canton, Ohio/Lake Center Christian) pitched six innings for Grove City and took the defeat. He allowed five earned runs and eight hits. Sophomore Max Vickerman (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) pitched a scoreless seventh while senior Steve Stombaugh (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) and sophomore Zach Butler (Massillon, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) combined to work the eighth.
Grove City will now await a possible Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament invitation. The ECAC field will be announced Monday afternoon.
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