Brady Provides Key Hits As W&J Downs Thomas More
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Junior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) produced a walkoff, two run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the 18th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Thomas More in game one of the teams’ doubleheader Saturday at Ross Memorial Park. W&J claimed the nightcap by a score of 7-4.
Sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) got the seventh inning started for W&J (32-6, 20-3) with a lead off single to right field. After senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) moved McLain to second with a sacrifice bunt, sophomore designated hitter Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chariters-Houston) worked a walk. Brady then smashed a base hit into right center field that plated McLain and McIlvaine for the come-from-behind 2-1 win.
Senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) tied a single-season W&J record with his ninth victory after tossing his eighth complete game of the spring, also a school record. Trushel struck out three and allowed just one earned run on six hits. David Etschied failed to record an out in relief and was saddled with the loss for Thomas More (25-13, 13-10).
Brady again came up with a clutch base hit in game two. With the Presidents trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Brady singled through the right side to knock in Szabo and freshman Cory Bauer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) to tie the game. Three batters later, sophomore first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) worked a bases-loaded walk and Brady came home with the go-ahead run. W&J added two insurance runs later in the frame to claim the three-run victory.
Brady collected two hits and four RBI, while scoring once during the twinbill. McLain added four hits, including a 3-for-3 performance in game one. Michalski produced a pair of two-hit games and knocked in one run.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) upped his record to 3-0 after tossing 1.1 innings of hitless relief. Tim Baldrick was the losing pitcher for the Saints as he allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings of work.
Travis Miller recorded a pair of hits, including a two-run home run in game two, to lead Thomas More’s offense.
The Presidents and Saints will close out their three-game series on Sunday at Ross Memorial Park at 12:00 pm. Both teams' seeds for next week's PAC Tournament are locked in as host W&J is the No. 1 seed and plays Saint Vincent, while TMC will be the third seed and play Westminster.