Nogay, O’Neill Blank Gallaudet To Close Florida Trip
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Junior right handers Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) and Brian O’Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) both tossed three-hit shutouts to lead 25th-ranked Washington & Jefferson to a doubleheader sweep of Gallaudet (Md.) on Friday at Lake Myrtle Park. The Presidents (6-4) edged the Bison in game one 1-0 and took game two by a 7-0 count.
Nogay struck out eight and did not walk a batter during eight innings of work as the Presidents needed an extra frame to down Gallaudet during the opener. He retired the final 10 hitters he faced and did not issue a walk. The shutout was the second this season for Nogay and fourth of his career, tying him with Mike Trumpower '07 for second all-time at W&J.
O’Neill also did not walk a batter, while fanning nine in seven innings on the hill to earn his second victory of the spring. He set down the final nine batters of the game in order.
Nogay and O’Neill also pitched when W&J blanked Bethany twice to open the season in Washington on March 9. Only Sam Mann '07 has ever thrown three shutouts during the same season in Presidents’ history (2005).
Brandon Holsworth was nearly as good as Nogay during game one as he took a perfect game into the sixth inning, but senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) broke it up with a two-out single.
Two innings later, Liller knocked in the lone run during the game with another two-out base hit that plated sophomore left fielder Cory Bauer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood).
Seven different Presidents recorded hits during game two. Freshman Michael Ruffing (Brunswick, Ohio/St. Ignatius) knocked in a pair with single during the second inning and junior designated hitter Jordan Reiner (Beachwood, Ohio/Beachwood) pushed two additional runs across with a third-inning double.
W&J returns north for a doubleheader at Mount Union on Tuesday beginning at 1:00 pm.