Klinec Helps W&J Rout Geneva 13-7
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) collected four hits and five RBI to lead Washington & Jefferson College to a 13-7 Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball victory over Geneva on Wednesday evening.
With the victory, W&J upped its record to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in PAC play. Geneva fell to 11-13 and 5-7 in the PAC.
Klinec’s big day began with a single up the middle in the first inning. He came around to score on an RBI base hit by senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), the first of two runs Klinec scored during the game. The Presidents tallied three total runs in the first to take the early lead.
A two-run, fifth-inning single by Klinec plated junior second baseman Mike Beerman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Vincentian) and sophomore designated hitter Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chariters-Houston) and pushed W&J's lead to 7-2.
The Presidents opened up an 11-2 advantage in the seventh inning with three more runs. Klinec knocked in the first with his third single of the game and scored on a triple by sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional). Sophomore catcher Ronnie Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) accounted for the final run by plating Staniscia with a ground out.
The Golden Tornadoes rallied with five scores in the eighth, aided by a trio of Presidents’ errors, but would get no closer. Klinec added two more RBI in the bottom of the frame for the final six-run margin.
Klinec finished the day 4-for-6 at the plate with a season-high five RBI. He scored a pair of runs and also stole two bases. McIlvaine knocked in three runs and swiped a base, while Staniscia added a pair of RBI and one run scored.
Sophomore right-hander Brian O’Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) upped his record to 2-0 on the mound this spring. O’Neill struck out three batters (all looking) and allowed just two earned runs on four hits in six innings. Ryan Nolt took the loss for the Golden Tornadoes after giving up five earned runs in 2.2 innings. Nolt walked five batters and allowed four hits. In all, Geneva pitching issued nine walks and hit five batters.
Jon Bushmire paced the Geneva offense with a pair of hits, while Joel Gatti was 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in.
W&J will meet Bethany for a three-game series beginning Friday. The Presidents will travel to West Virginia for game one (4:00 pm) and host the Bison for two games on Saturday (1:00 pm).