Nogay Named PAC Pitcher of Year; Mountain Earns Fifth Coach of Year Award
WASHINGTON, Pa. – For the second-straight year, a Washington & Jefferson College player was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year as junior Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna) was announced as the 2013 winner on Tuesday by the conference office.
In addition, Head Coach Jeff Mountain was voted PAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his 11 seasons after guiding the Presidents (30-11) to the regular-season and tournament championships. The 9-3 win over Thomas More in the PAC title game was the 300th victory of Mountain’s career (300-168-1, .641).
Nogay, who follows former teammate Dave Trushel ’12 as the league’s top pitcher, led four Presidents on the first team all-conference squad. Junior right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) earned first-team accolades for the third consecutive season, while classmates catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) and third baseman/reliever Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) also were honored. McLain is now a two-time, First Team All-PAC award winner.
Senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) and juniors first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and pitcher Brian O’Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) landed on the second team, while juniors first baseman Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and left fielder Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) earned honorable-mention laurels.
Nogay continued his domination on the mound this spring with a 10-1 record and a 3.07 earned-run average in 13 appearances (11 starts). His 10 wins rank fifth in NCAA Division III and his five career shutouts place him fifth among active Division III pitchers and 15th among every NCAA pitcher from any division.
He pitched a career-high 73 2/3 innings and struck out 60 batters, while limiting opponents to a .234 batting average. Nogay has never lost in 26 career starts as the first loss of his career came this season (April 16) in a relief effort.
Staniscia started all 41 games and did not commit an error in 70 chances in right field. He owns a .393 batting average (6th in PAC) with 59 base hits (3rd PAC). He recorded his 13th career triple in the PAC Championship Game which set a new school record and put him 17th among active NCAA Division III hitters.
McLain has recorded a .319 batting average (46-for-144) with nine extra-base hits and 36 runs batted in (tied with Peirish for 5th in the PAC). He enters the NCAA Tournament with 84 career runs batted in. On the mound, McLain finished with a 1-0 record and two saves out of the bullpen. Peirish, the team’s cleanup hitter, ranks 64th nationally with four triples. Peirish (.315 BA, 11 2B, 2 HR) provided the game-winning hit, the final of his three doubles, during the Presidents’ wild 10-9 victory over then third-ranked Marietta on April 7.
Liller developed into one of the PAC’s toughest outs in 2013, batting .353 with 39 runs (4th in PAC). Heading into the PAC Tournament, Michalski ranked 19th among NCAA hitters in on-base percentage (.521) and he has produced the third-best batting average (.411) in the league. O’Neill notched a 6-2 record and a 3.90 ERA as the Presidents’ No. 2 starter. He averaged nearly a strikeout per inning (58K, 62 1/3 innings) and had 103 during his three-year career.
A .341 hitter, McIlvane scored 32 runs and drove in 15, while not committing an error in 56 chances in left field. Schultz (.342 BA) came on strong towards the end of the season with eight of his 28 RBI during the final six games.