No. 25 Presidents Take Rain-Soaked Twinbill From Westminster
NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Sophomore left fielder Matt Boronsky (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) scored the game-winning run in the top of the 11th inning as the No. 25 ranked Washington & Jefferson College baseball team capped a doubleheader sweep of Westminster with a 3-2, extra-inning victory during the nightcap. The Presidents claimed the opening game by a score of 6-4.
With the pair of wins, W&J (23-4, 14-2) now leads second-place Westminster (20-12, 11-5) by three games in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference standings.
Boronsky came on to pinch run for senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), who led off the top of the 11th with a base hit. Boronsky moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan), scampered to third on a wild pitch and scored after the Titans committed a fielding error with two outs.
Szabo worked a bases-loaded walk during the first inning to give W&J a 1-0 edge and sophomore left fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) added an RBI during the second frame to double the lead.
Westminster rallied to knot the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs on three hits during the fourth inning.
The Titans threatened during the bottom of the 10th inning, putting runners on first and third with two outs, but senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) made a sensational diving stop on a ground ball, bounced to his feet and made a one-hop throw to first that was picked by Michalski, keeping the Titans off the board.
Sophomore right-hander Mike Vizzini (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) tossed six shutout innings in relief to earn his second victory of the spring. Vizzini struck out three, while allowing just two hits. Classmate Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) fanned five and surrendered a pair of earned runs during the game’s first five innings.
The Presidents built a four-run lead after 4 1/2 innings during game one. Staniscia doubled home a pair in the third and Michalski added an RBI during the top of the fifth.
David Schafer’s home run got the Titans on the board in the bottom of the fifth as they cut W&J’s lead in half.
Sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) added two insurance runs with a single in the top of the seventh and the Presidents held on for the two-run victory.
Klinec led W&J with a 5-for-8 day at the plate and three runs scored, while Szabo added four hits, one RBI and a run. Staniscia collected three hits and McLain added a pair during game two. Both players knocked in two runs.
Sophomore right-hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) upped his record to 4-0 on the mound this spring. He surrendered two earned runs on five hits and struck out two in five innings. Justin Prejsnar suffered his first defeat of the season after giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings.
Kyle Allen paced the Titans at the plate with four hits and three runs scored, while Tim Wiand added three base hits and two runs batted in.
The Presidents and Titans will complete their three-game set at Ross Memorial Park on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.