• Men’s Golf – Westminster College won its fourth-straight tournament of the 2020-21 season with a victory at the Grove City MBA Invitational held at Grove City Country Club on Thursday.
Westminster claimed the title with a team score of 306 (+18), eight strokes lower than second-place finisher, W&J. Four out of five Titans posted rounds in the 70’s at the par-72, 6,763-yard track, led by graduate transfer Brendan Shaughnessy who carded a three-over par round of 75 to finish runner-up in the 36-player field. Senior Jonny Stuckert followed closely with a round of 76 (+4) to finish solo-third.
Sophomore Calen Cummins tied for fourth place with a round of 77 (+5), while junior Michael Bell finished tied for 6th place, coming into the clubhouse with a 78 (+6).
Sophomore Sam Napper rounded out the day for Westminster with a round of 82 (+10) to finish solo-16th.
Westminster will ride its hot streak into Canonsburg on Monday when it competes in the W&J Rossin Memorial Invitational at Southpointe Golf Club in search of its fifth-straight victory. Tee time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
• The Grove City College men’s golf team hosted its 16th annual McBride-Behringer-Allen “MBA” Invitational Thursday afternoon. The Wolverines compiled a team score of 331, good for third place in the six-team field.
Six Grove City players finished in the top 11. Freshman Peter Van Eerden paced Grove City by finishing eighth overall with a 79. Senior Scott Hangliter placed 10th with an 80. Four men all shot 81s, tying for 11th: senior Jacob McConnell, senior Zack Spang, junior Peyton Brogan, and sophomore Caleb Husovich.
Freshman Todd Hangliter took 17th with an 83. Senior Adam Sweet and sophomore Ben Lockwood tied for 19th by shooting 85s. Junior Tanner McCreadie (Grove City High) took 26th with an 87 and junior Kirk Bain placed 29th with a 90.
Bain, Scott Hangliter, Todd Hangliter, McConnell and McCreadie comprised Grove City’s scoring lineup. Brogan, Husovich, Lockwood, Spang, Sweet and Van Eerden competed as individuals.
Thirty-six men played in the tournament. Washington & Jefferson’s Benjamin Peticca earned medalist with a 73.
The event is named in memory of three gentlemen who had a profound impact on Grove City College and its golf program: longtime trustee Milford “Miff” McBride, former golf coach and director of athletics R. Jack Behringer and longtime Grove City golf coach Bill Allen.
Grove City returns to action Monday at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.
• Men’s Tennis – The Wolverines improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference by earning a 9-0 victory Thursday at Waynesburg.
Grove City dropped only five total games in sweeping the three doubles matches. The Wolverines then picked up six straight-set singles victories.
Jack Booker, Karsten Lagerquist, Ryne Talko, Michael Odrey, Jameson Sposato, and Alex Kidd were singles winners for GCC. Lagerquist-Talko, Booker, Sposato, and Odrey-Collier Kaufman were the doubles winners.
The Wolverines will visit Franciscan in conference play Saturday at 10 a.m.
• Softball – GCC improved to 3-1 in the PAC by sweeping a home doubleheader Thursday from conference foe Thiel at College Field. Grove City won Game 1 in five innings, 8-0, and then picked up an 8-0, five-inning victory in the nightcap.
Senior pitcher Ashley Cornelius (fired a three-hit shutout in Game One while sophomore Janessa Dawson followed with a three-hit shutout in the nightcap. Neither pitcher walked a batter. Cornelius struck out five batters and Dawson fanned two.
In the opener, Grove City broke through with four runs in the fourth and then four more runs in the fifth inning. Senior first baseman Haley Dietz led off the fourth with a triple and scored Grove City’s first run when junior shortstop Lexi Buck singled.
Following a bunt single by junior center fielder Morgan Prouty, Dawson belted a two-run triple. Dawson then scored the fourth run of the inning when junior second baseman Cara Polese singled.
Polese gave Grove City a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning of Game One when she singled in Dietz. Senior right fielder Hannah Dietz then ended the game via the eight-run rule as she blasted a three-run double to right center.
Polese finished 3 for 4 while freshman catcher Emily Smyth went 3 for 3. Buck, Dawson and Haley Dietz all finished with two hits.
Grove City quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second game. Haley Dietz doubled in Hannah Dietz. Smyth, who again went 3 for 3, singled home Haley Dietz.
Smyth pushed Grove City’s lead to 3-0 in the third inning when she drove in Polese with a single. Freshman third baseman Maralee Caldana cracked a run-scoring double that brought in freshman pinch runner Lauren McNeil.
In the fourth, freshman pinch hitter Erin Mulholland led off with a double and later scored on a Dawson single. Hannah Dietz closed the scoring by launching a three-run home run to center field. She now has a team-leading three home runs and a program-best 12 career home runs.
Hannah Dietz and Polese both had two hits for the Wolverines, who accumulated 11 hits in Game Two.
Grove City (8-10 overall) will visit Waynesburg at 1 p.m. Saturday for a conference doubleheader.
• Women’s Golf – The Tomcats lost a match-play competition to the Westminster Titans at Avalon at Buhl, 5-0.
Julie Peace was narrowly defeated at No. 4 by Morgan Byers, 2-and-1. Emily Marcavish lost at No. 2 to Erica Hoover (Wilmington High), 4-and-3. At No. 1, Hayley Phillips lost to Kasey Clifford, 6-and-5; Kylie Gardner lost to Sierra Richard at No. 3, 6-and-5, while McKenzie Morrison lost to No. 5 to Olivia Ledbetter, 7-and-6.
The Tomcats will compete in the Grove City Invitational on Saturday at Grove City Country Club, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
• Women’s Volleyball – The Tomcats concluded regular-season play Wednesday with a 25-11, 25-20, 26-24 loss to the Bethany Bison at Beeghly Gymnasium, Greenville.
Mya Storll led the Tomcats with 10 kills. Emily Sears led all players with 17 digs while Courtney Grubbs dished out 23 assists, and Kylee Eaton tallied 12 digs, 5 kills and 2 blocks for Thiel. Jess Moore led the Bison with 10 kills, Lynn Burton recorded 29 assists, while Brooke Corley notched 15 digs.