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Westmoreland Campus Clippings: WCCC rallies past Butler for title

Bill Beckner
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Westmoreland County Community College scored eight unanswered runs to topple Butler County Community College, 12-8, in the WPCC softball championship game over the weekend at Seton Hill.

It was the team’s first title since 2007.

The Wolfpack trailed 5-1 and 8-4 before rallying.

Sophomore Brianna McCulley had a two-run single, and sophomore Emily Oswald tied it 8-8 in the fifth inning with a run-scoring double.

Sophomore Chelsey Frock delivered an RBI single to right in the sixth to give the Wolfpack the lead for good.

Another sophomore, Hope Hixson, gave WCCC some insurance with a bases-clearing, three-run triple.

McCulley, Hixson, Frock, sophomore Alexis McKnight and freshman Megan Monzo (Hempfield) received all-conference accolades.

WCCC advances to the Region XX Tournament May 3-5 at a site to be announced.

Softball

Penn State: Freshman Chelsea Bisi (Derry) continues to swing for the fences. The right fielder launched her team-leading 13th home run of the season for the Nittany Lions in a 6-5 loss to No. 22 Michigan.

Through 46 games Bisi also was leading Penn State in RBIs (36) and slugging percentage (.706). She had 17 runs scored.

Another local freshman, pitcher Bailey Parshall (Belle Vernon) moved into the top 10 in program record books for strikeouts in a season with her 165th in a 4-2 loss against Bucknell.

Robert Morris: Senior Taylor Bartlow (Hempfield) had two doubles in a 13-10 loss to LIU Brooklyn. Bartlow is hitting .273 with 14 RBIs, three home runs and 13 runs scored for the Colonials (13-34, 4-6 NEC).

Freshman pitcher Dana Vatakis (Monessen) has an 8-14 record with a 4.20 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Junior Briana Bunner (Southmoreland) had two hits in a 9-1 loss to Mount St. Mary’s.

Seton Hill: The visiting Griffins (28-15, 13-6) defeated Slippery Rock, 10-2, to clinch a playoff spot in the PSAC West. Senior Brooke Bower had three hits and three RBIs, sophomore Jenna Osikowicz (Hempfield) and senior Devyn Terry had two hits apiece and sophomore Skyla Greco pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Bower went 3 for 3 and Osikowicz had two RBIs in a 3-1 win for Seton Hill. Terry was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts.

The momentum carried into a matchup with Cal (Pa.) that saw Terry deliver a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory. Terry struck out five and walked three in the win.

Seton Hill will be the No. 2 seed in the PSAC West and will play East top seed West Chester in the conference tournament opener 3 p.m. Wednesday at Quakertown.

Baseball

Pitt-Greensburg: Senior left fielder Chris Common (Penn-Trafford) became the Bobcats’ all-time leader in hits during a doubleheader against D’Youville at Bobcat Park in Greensburg on Saturday.

On senior day, Common singled three times to move past Greg Lynn for the top spot in program history. Lynn, who played from 2013-16, had 167 hits. Common has 168.

Common, who also is UPG’s career leader in home runs, helped UPG to a sweep in the doubleheader to extend the team’s winning streak to four.

UPG had 34 hits and 31 runs in the two-game surge against D’Youville. The Bobcats won by scores of 12-3 and 19-3.

Sophomore Dylan DeRoss and senior Tyler Holland each had six hits over the two games, and sophomore Evan Johnston (Belle Vernon) homered for the Bobcats (13-17, 10-6 AMCC).

Pitt: Senior outfielder Connor Perry (Norwin) went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs in a 7-5 win over Presbyterian. Perry was batting .303 with a team-best 10 home runs, 42 runs and 25 RBIs in 42 games for the Panthers (14-28, 4-17 ACC).

Saint Vincent: The Bearcats snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-1 victory over Westminster. Junior Tannr Yard doubled and drove in two runs, freshman Zach Barberich had three hits and scored twice and freshman TJ Dailey had two hits and two RBIs for SVC (18-14, 10-8 PAC). Junior pitcher Jimmy Malone moved to 7-1 with the win. He went six innings and allowed three hits.

Seton Hill: Freshman Isaiah DiAndreth (Hempfield) went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, including a walk-off, pinch-hit single in Game 1 as the Griffins (25-19, 14-10) swept a doubleheader from Pitt-Johnstown by scores of 4-3 and 6-5.

Redshirt senior Andrew Chuba added three hits and an RBI, redshirt junior Chris Law scored two runs and redshirt sophomore Parker Denny and junior Tommy Pellis (Greensburg Central Catholic) had two RBIs apiece in the sweep.

When the Griffins beat UPJ, 18-4, on the road, sophomore Jared Kollar (Latrobe) picked up his fifth win of the season as he struck out 11, walked three and allowed two earned runs.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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