Dave Trushel Selected As PAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) highlighted 10 Presidents on the 2012 All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference Baseball Team after being selected as the PAC Pitcher of the Year.
Trushel, a First Team All-PAC honoree, has guided Washington & Jefferson to a school-record tying 35 victories and the program’s third NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, all of which have occurred during his years on campus (2009, 2010, 2012).
Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius), sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) and sophomore outfielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) all joined Trushel on the All-PAC first team.
Junior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon), sophomore catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) and sophomore right-handed pitcher Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna) were second-team choices, while senior outfielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) and sophomore right-handed pitchers Brian O’Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) and Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) earned honorable-mention recognition.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Trushel dominated hitters all season with a 9-2 record and a 2.63 earned-run average. He set a W&J single-season record with eight complete games and struck out 58 batters in 82 innings. Trushel has held opponents to a .227 batting average and ranks seventh in NCAA Division III in complete games and 10th in victories.
Trushel enters the NCAA Tournament with a 25-11 career record and a 3.86 ERA. He is one victory shy of tying Sam Mann ’07 for the school’s career victory record and is second in program history in career innings (263.2) and strikeouts (157).
Klinec has been a four-year starter in the Presidents’ infield (167 career games, 148 starts). The slick-fielding shortstop owns a career .965 fielding percentage, making only 27 errors in 781 chances. This spring, he is batting a career-best .321 with 27 runs batted in. He has scored 45 times (2nd in PAC) and has stolen 16 bases. Klinec is currently fifth in school history with 39 stolen bases.
Staniscia ranks second in the PAC with a .412 batting average. He is second in NCAA Division III with eight triples, while adding eight doubles, three home runs and 39 RBI. Staniscia has also stolen 12 bases and has yet to commit an error in 69 chances. He leads the PAC with 96 total bases and is second in hits (63). McLain battled Staniscia and PAC Player of the Year Tim Wiand of Westminster for the league’s batting title all season. McLain owns a .409 batting average (3rd in PAC) and has driven in 36 runs. He is ranked among the top 10 hitters in the league in seven different statistical categories, including third in hits (61).
Liller teamed with Klinec to provide solid defense up the middle for the Presidents. He batted a career-best .339 during the season, scored 17 runs and knocked in 14. He also holds a .952 fielding percentage. Nogay has yet to lose a decision on the mound during his career as he owns a 9-0 record, including a 6-0 mark this spring. He is 39th in NCAA Division III in hits allowed per nine innings (6.39) and ranked second in the PAC with a 2.39 ERA. Peirish started all 43 games and batted .316 as the team’s cleanup hitter. He smacked six doubles and three homers, while driving in 34.
Szabo saved his best year at the plate for his final collegiate season with a .346 batting average, 26 runs batted in and 23 runs scored. He added six doubles and stole five bases. Risch collected a 5-2 record and a 3.25 ERA as the team’s No. 3 starter. He struck out 37 batters in 55 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .218 batting average. O’Neill appeared in 11 games, including six starts, and held a 5-1 record. He fanned 27 hitters in 37 1/3 innings and picked up a save during the PAC Tournament.
Westminster’s Carmen Nocera was selected as the PAC Coach of the year after guiding the Titans to the PAC Tournament title in his final year with the program.