Presidents’ Season Ends At NCAA Mideast Regional
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the second-straight season, fifth-seeded Washington & Jefferson College saw its season end at the hands of No. 2 Marietta as the Pioneers earned a 6-2 victory Saturday at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional at Art Nehf Field.
W&J (33-12), playing its third game in just over 24 hours, placed third in the regional, the top showing in school history. The Presidents’ 33 victories this spring were the fourth-highest, single-season total for the program.
Two-time defending national champion Marietta advanced to the regional final where it lost to top-seeded Manchester.
Aided by RBI doubles from Alex Toth and Aaron Hopper, Marietta jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
Junior left fielder Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) singled to lead off the third and came around to score on senior second baseman Scott Liller’s (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) ground out.
The Pioneers plated a pair of runs in the fifth to advance their edge to 5-1, but W&J continued to battle. Liller led off the eighth with a single and sped home following a long double by junior first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan). The Presidents threatened for more, but Michalski was thrown out attempting to score on a fly ball to right that ended the inning.
Making his first start, sophomore Jared Baird (East Freedom, Pa./Central) suffered the loss despite allowing just three earned runs (six total) over 8 1/3 innings, the longest outing of his career. Baird struck out four and allowed seven hits.
Junior third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) went 3-for-4 at the plate, while senior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) added a pair of hits. Brady concluded his 144-game career with 102 career hits.
Liller collected one RBI and a run scored. At the conclusion of the game, Liller had more hits (11) than any other player at the Mideast Regional. Like Brady, Liller also amassed 102 hits during his collegiate career.
Jason Byers went all nine innings on the mound to earn his eighth victory for the Pioneers. He gave up two earned runs on nine hits, while fanning nine. Chris Winpigler went 2-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Pioneer offense.