McLain Provides Walkoff RBI; W&J Splits Doubleheader
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) helped the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team to a 7-6 season-opening victory over La Roche with a walkoff RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning during game one of a doubleheader Tuesday at Ross Memorial Park. However, the Redhawks (2-9) responded with a 3-0 win in the nightcap.
The game one victory marked the eighth consecutive season that W&J won its season opener under Head Coach Jeff Mountain.
Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmstead, Ohio/St. Ignatius) got the seventh-inning charge started with a one-out single. After a double by sophomore Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) advanced Klinec to third base, the RedHawks intentionally walked sophomore catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland). McLain hit a dribbler to short and the RedHawks tried to turn a double play, but McLain beat the throw to first allowing the game-winning run to score.
The Presidents trailed 3-2 entering the fourth inning, but the offense came to life, scoring four runs during the inning. Sophomore first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), junior outfielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) and Klinec all provided run-scoring hits.
The RedHawks tied the game with three runs in the top of the seventh inning before McLain gave W&J the one-run win.
Brady, Klinec, Michalski and senior Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) each had two hits during game one to pace the Presidents.
Sophomore Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) allowed three earned runs while striking out two in six innings on the mound. Classmate Mike Vizzini (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) earned the win after recording the final two outs of the seventh.
The nightcap featured a pair of strong pitching performances. James Connolly pitched a complete game for the RedHawks, scattering six hits and striking out a pair of batters.
Senior Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) turned in a solid outing on the mound for W&J, as he struck out six while also throwing a complete game. Trushel gave up three runs, all of them unearned.
Sean Lubin and Ed Skonieczny both recorded RBI hits for the RedHawks. Brady and Szabo again led W&J with two hits a piece.
W&J returns to Ross Memorial Field on Thursday against Penn State-Behrend (4:00 pm) before leaving for its annual Spring Break trip to Auburndale, Fla.