D3baseball.com Selects W&J’s Nogay as Regional Pitcher of the Year
WASHINGTON, Pa. – D3baseball.com released its annual all-region teams on Monday and Washington & Jefferson College junior right-hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna) was chosen as the Mideast Region Pitcher of the Year.
Nogay also earned a spot on the All-Mideast Region first team, joining classmate Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional), the Presidents’ right fielder. Staniscia was also a first-team selection in 2012.
The Presidents’ Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, Nogay capped a remarkable season on the mound with two victories at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana, to finish with a 12-1 record and a 3.01 earned-run average. The 12 victories smashed the school record and he also established another school record with 86 1/3 innings. He is tied for second in NCAA Division III this season in victories, behind only Linfield’s Chris Haddeland (13).
Nogay, who was voted to the NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team, totaled 70 strikeouts and held opponents to a .238 batting average. The Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District performer owns a 22-1 career record and has never lost one of his 27 career starts. His only career loss came in a relief performance this season. Nogay has already logged 199 1/3 innings as a President (4th in school history) and needs five victories to pass Sam Mann ’07 for the school’s career win lead. His 2.62 career ERA is also second behind Mann (2.21) in the W&J record book.
With 10 victories next spring, Nogay would tie 11 other pitchers, including current Case Western Reserve Head Coach Matt Englander, for 25th place in NCAA Division III history
Staniscia started all 46 games and batted .371 as the Presidents’ No. 3 hitter. He led the team in hits (66), total bases (81) and stolen bases (11), while finishing with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (0 errors in 88 chances).
He recorded his 13th career triple in the 9-3 PAC Championship Game victory over Thomas More which set a new school record and put him 17th among active NCAA Division III hitters heading into the national tournament.
A career .375 hitter (184-for-491), Staniscia is third in school history in career batting average (minimum 200 ABs) behind Jim Pasquine ’10 (.432) and Kevin Kuzior ’98 (.393). He is tied for fifth place in career hits and needs 38 next spring to become the Presidents’ all-time leader (Pasquine - 221).
Staniscia is also on pace to finish his career among the top five hitters in W&J history in total bases, games played, runs scored and runs batted in.
The All-Region duo helped W&J post a 33-13 record, win the school’s ninth PAC Championship and earn a program-best, third-place at the Mideast Regional. The Presidents entered the eight-team tournament as the No. 5 seed and recorded victories over No. 3 Wooster, No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan and No. 6 Thomas More. The team’s 33 victories rank fourth in school history.