Five Presidents Named To ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Baseball Team; Klinec Selected As Gold Glove Winner
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) highlighted five Presidents named to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region Team on Tuesday as a first-team honoree. In addition, senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) earned a spot on the all-region second team and was selected to the Mideast Region Gold Glove squad.
Senior pitcher Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) joined Klinec on the second team, while sophomore pitcher Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna) earned honorable-mention laurels.
A First Team D3baseball.com and Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Staniscia led the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with 67 hits and 102 total bases, while finishing with a .404 batting average (4th in PAC). He was second in the league in slugging percentage (.614) and ranked third in runs (46), RBI (42). Staniscia’s eight triples are tied for third in NCAA Division III and he did not make an error in 79 chances in right field.
Klinec moved to the shortstop position this spring after starting the last three years at second base. He made only six errors in 231 chances for a .974 fielding percentage. Klinec was a career .966 fielder as he committed just 27 errors in 798 career chances.
Klinec also had a career-best year at the plate with a .325 batting average. He scored 49 runs (2nd in PAC), drove in 27 and stole 16 bases. Klinec, who tied for 18th in the nation with six sacrifice flies, finished fifth in W&J history with 170 games played and 39 stolen bases.
Trushel, the 2012 PAC Pitcher of the Year, tied a Presidents’ single-season record with nine victories, while setting a new W&J benchmark with eight complete games. He ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in complete games and 13th in wins. Trushel posted a 2.96 ERA and struck out 59 batters in 85.0 innings. Opposing hitters batted just .233 against him. Trushel completed his career second all-time with 25 victories, 158 strikeouts, 266.2 innings pitched and 11 complete games. He is the Presidents’ career leader with 53 appearances.
McLain ranked among the nation’s top 75 hitters all season and finished with a .391 batting average (6th in PAC). He was third in the league with 63 hits and sixth with 38 runs batted in. McLain scored 35 runs and stole 10 bases.
Nogay’s career record remained unblemished after a 7-0 sophomore year. He ranked second in the conference with a 2.01 ERA and struck out 40 batters in 70 2/3 innings (1.11 hit-to-walk ratio). Nogay, who joined Staniscia on the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, owns a 10-0 record and a 2.31 ERA in 27 career appearances. He twirled a shutout on May 17 in the Mideast Regional against Wooster, giving W&J an 8-0 win which marked its third NCAA Tournament victory in school history.
W&J (36-10) made its third NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in the last four seasons under Head Coach Jeff Mountain. The Presidents won a school-record 36 games and claimed the Presidents’ Athletic Conference regular-season title. Mountain, a four-time PAC Coach of the Year, will enter his 11th year at the college next spring with a 270-157-1 record (.632).