Nine-Run Inning Lifts W&J To Victory At Frostburg State
FROSTBURG, Md. -- No. 18 Washington & Jefferson College sent 13 batters to the plate during a nine-run sixth inning and rallied from an early five-run deficit to defeat Frostburg State 14-8 in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday evening.
W&J (28-6, 18-3) trailed 5-2 entering the sixth, but exploded for its highest single-inning run total of the spring. Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) knocked in the first run of the frame with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that plated sophomore designated hitter Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chariters-Houston). After the Presidents scored two more runs following a hit by pitch and a FSU error, sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) scored a pair with a triple to right field. McIlvaine, junior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) and classmate Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) all added run-scoring knocks later in the frame, as W&J took an 11-5 lead.
The Presidents added three more runs during the seventh inning for a nine-run advantage and cruised the rest of the way.
McLain enjoyed a career day at the plate, going 5-for-5 with three singles and double and a triple. He knocked in three runs, scored twice and also stole a base.
McIlvaine and sophomore catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) both added two runs and two RBI, while Liller collected two hits in three at-bats. All nine W&J starters recorded at least one hit.
Freshman Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) struck out four during four perfect innings of relief to earn his second victory of the season. David O'Brien was saddled with the loss for Frostburg (21-19) after allowing four runs (three earned) while retiring just one batter during the sixth inning. Shane Boyd and John Barrett both launched home runs to lead the Bobcats' offense.
W&J returns to Ross Memorial Park on Wednesday for a doubleheader with Mount Union (4:00 pm).