Clutch Hits Give W&J Doubleheader Sweep Of Trinity
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Sophomore designated hitter Derek McIlvaine’s (Washington, Pa./Chariters-Houston) walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Washington & Jefferson College to an 8-7 victory over Trinity (Conn.), completing a baseball doubleheader sweep on Thursday afternoon. The Presidents took game one by a score of 9-8.
W&J is now 8-1 overall and 6-0 on its Florida trip heading into tomorrow's game against sixth-ranked Wisc.-Stevens Point at 10:00 am in Winter Haven.
Sophomore Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) walked to lead off the inning and classmate Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Trinity intentionally walked sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius), bringing McIlvaine to the plate. He smashed a base hit up the middle and Staniscia sped home with the winning run.
The rally capped a wild game which featured five lead changes during the final three innings.
The W&J offense raced out to an early lead during game two. Staniscia reached on an error with two outs and moved to third following a Peirish single. After Peirish stole second, McLain plated the pair with a base hit to right field. McIlviaine’s bloop double down the left field line knocked in McLain one batter later to give W&J a 3-0 advantage.
Trinity, the 2008 NCAA Division III national champions, chipped away with single runs in the second and third innings and finally tied the game with one score in the top of the fifth.
Junior catcher Zach Podrasky (Houston, Pa./Chariters-Houston) gave W&J a 4-3 lead in the bottom portion of the inning, scoring on a wild pitch after he had walked to lead off the frame.
The Bantams quickly responded as James Ramsey plated two runs with a one-out base hit to right-center field during the top of the sixth.
Trinity could not hold the lead; however, as the Presidents would rally with three runs to take a 7-5 lead. Staniscia and Peirish walked to start off the frame and McLain moved the pair to third and second, respectively, with a sacrifice bunt. The Bantams chose to intentionally walk McIlvaine to load the bases. After a strikeout, senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) stepped to the plate. Szabo roped a two-out, pinch-hit double into the left field corner that cleared the bases, giving W&J a two-run edge.
Another rally from Trinity produced a pair of runs during the top of the seventh inning, setting the stage for McIlvaine’s walkoff hit.
Sophomore Chris Kosty (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) earned the win in relief for W&J. Kosty tossed 1.2 innings, giving up two runs and striking out one. Angus Anderson took the loss for the Bantams.
In game one, W&J jumped out an early 1-0 lead during the top of the first inning. Staniscia doubled with two outs and Peirish followed with an RBI single that scored Staniscia.
Bryan Wolfe and Kevin Mortimer both produced two-run singles for Trinity during its five-run second inning, as it took a four-run lead.
The Presidents quickly chipped away at the Bantams’ edge, plating three runs in the third inning, and then took the lead back with two more scores during the fourth. Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) put W&J in front 6-5 with a one-out sacrifice fly that brought home McIlvaine. Staniscia added two RBI and McLain produced one during the top of the sixth as W&J built a 9-5 lead.
Trinity got the potential game-winning run to first base in the bottom of the seventh, but freshman pitcher Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) shut down the rally to pick up his first career save.
Sophomore righty Marc Rizzo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) picked up the win after allowing five runs (one earned) and striking out two in four innings of work. Ed Donovan took the loss for Trinity after allowing five earned runs in four innings.
McIlvaine collected four hits, four RBI and one run scored during the doubleheader. Peirish also produced four hits, while knocking in two and scoring a pair of runs. McLain added a trio of hits and three runs batted in, as did Staniscia, who also scored five times.