Offense Lifts W&J To 14-5 Victory Over Penn State-Behrend
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College scored seven runs during the first inning and never looked back as the Presidents downed Penn State-Behrend 14-5 in baseball action from Ross Memorial Park on Thursday evening.
W&J (2-1) sent 10 players to the plate, while collecting six hits during the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) knocked in two runs with a single and classmate Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) followed two batters later with a two-run double down the left field line to highlight the big rally.
After the Presidents and Lions both added single runs in the second and third innings to make the score 9-2, McIlvaine again came up with a big hit during the fourth inning. His two-out single scored a pair of runs to extend the W&J lead to nine.
The Presidents batted around for a second time during the sixth frame. McIlvaine and senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmstead, Ohio/St. Ignatius) both recorded RBI base hits, while junior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) added a run-scoring groundout during the three-run inning.
W&J collected 14 total hits during the game, led by Klinec and McIlvaine, who both had three. McIlvaine knocked in five runs and also scored a pair.
Peirish added three RBI, while sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) and senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) both produced two hits.
Freshman right hander Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) picked up the win for W&J in his first collegiate appearance. Dean allowed one run while striking out a pair during two innings of work. Ryan Jacobs allowed nine earned runs in three innings and picked up the loss for the Lions.
Dante DeSantis collected two hits and two RBI to pace the Behrend offense.
The Presidents travel to Auburndale, Fla., for their annual spring break trip beginning Sunday with a doubleheader against Hamilton (N.Y.) at noon.