Presidents Rally Late To Defeat Thiel
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Sophomore catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) capped a 4-for-5 day at the plate with a go-ahead, RBI single in the ninth inning as the 19th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College baseball team rallied from four runs down to defeat Thiel 5-4 on Wednesday.
The Presidents (25-5, 16-2) have now won nine consecutive conference games, while the Tomcats (15-19, 8-10) have lost five of their last seven contests.
Thiel jumped on top early with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning before adding one more run in the second for a 4-0 lead.
Tomcat starter Nick Rossmiller shut the W&J offense down for the first five innings, but sophomore first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) got the Presidents into the run column with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.
Michalski came to the plate in the eighth inning with runners on second and third and one out and lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that plated sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius). Classmate Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) knotted the game at 4-4 one batter later with a pinch-hit single up the middle that knocked in senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory).
Peirish provided the game-winning base hit with a clutch two-out, ninth-inning knock to right-center field, scoring senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) after Klinec had singled and stolen second base earlier in the frame.
Seven different Presidents produced hits, led by Peirish's four. He also scored once and stole a base. Michalski was 1-for-2 at the plate with a season-best three RBI.
Sophomore Mike Vizzini (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his third win of the spring. He struck out one and surrendered just two hits. Classmate Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) recorded the final out of the game for his second save.
Bobby Hillier took the loss for Thiel after allowing one run during one inning on the mound. Eric King and Doug Farley both collected two hits and scored one run to lead the Tomcats' lineup.
W&J opens a three-game league series against Grove City on Friday at Ross Memorial Park at 4:30 pm.