Presidents’ Baseball Team Ranked Among National Leaders
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College baseball team, which vaulted into the national rankings for the first time since 2010 earlier this week, has looked strong in all facets of the game throughout the spring.
W&J (21-4, 12-2) leads the Presidents’ Athletic Conference standings by one game over Westminster and is ranked No. 25 in the latest D3Baseball.com poll released on Tuesday. Under the leadership of ninth-year Head Coach Jeff Mountain, the Presidents have already turned in the seventh-highest, single-season win total in school history with 14 games remaining before the PAC Tournament. W&J entered the week with the 11th-best winning percentage in NCAA Division III (.862).
Senior right-handed pitcher Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) tossed his team-leading sixth complete game during game one of the Presidents’ doubleheader sweep of Thiel on Tuesday. The team’s ace is tied for 11th in the nation in complete games and tied for eighth with seven victories.
Sophomore right-hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) has posted a perfect 3-0 record and owns a 1.11 ERA, good for 12th best mark in Division III. He has allowed just five earned runs in 40.2 innings on the hill this spring while striking out 23. Overall, the Presidents’ pitching staff is allowing just 7.7 hits (18th in Div. III) and fanning 5.8 opposing batters (12th in Div. III) per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .226 off W&J pitchers.
Offensively, a pair of sophomores have led the team at the plate. Third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) and left fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) entered the week with the top two batting averages in the conference. McLain is hitting .446, which ranks 28th in the country, and owns a .528 on base percentage (24th in Div. III). He leads the team with 26 runs batted in. Staniscia ranks among the overall leaders with six triples (6; 9th in Div. III) and has paced the squad with 38 hits, including 14 for extra bases.
W&J faces Westminster in a key three-game set beginning with a doubleheader in New Wilmington, Pa., at 1:00 pm on Saturday. The Presidents host the Titans in the final game of the series on Sunday with first pitch also set for 1:00 pm.