Presidents Stifle Geneva; Take Both Games Of Home Doubleheader
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College pitching allowed just one earned run and six hits as the Presidents upped their Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball record to 5-0 with a pair of victories over Geneva Friday at Ross Memorial Park. W&J routed the Golden Tornadoes 10-0 during game one and edged GC 3-1 to claim the nightcap.
Junior right-hander Eddie Nogay earned his fourth victory in as many appearances this season after throwing five shutout innings during game one. Nogay struck out five and gave up just two hits, while lowering his earned run average to 0.69 this spring. Junior Marc Rizzo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) and senior Corey Young (Finleyville, Pa./Ringgold) both tossed scoreless innings of relief to complete the shutout.
Sophomore designated hitter John Kutzfara (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth) paced the Presidents’ offense with four runs batted in during game one, including the first home run of his career. Junior right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) collected a pair of hits and scored twice, while classmate Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) knocked in two runs.
The Presidents (8-4 overall) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning and plated five additional runs in the second. Junior first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) pushed home a run with a single and Staniscia added an RBI double before Kutzfara provided the big blow with a three-run blast over the right field fence.
W&J added two more runs during the fourth inning as well as a single run in the sixth for a comfortable 10-run victory.
Ian MacDonald took the loss for Geneva (5-9, 0-2 PAC) after giving up seven runs (three earned) on four hits in 2 2/3 innings. Tyler Damazo led Geneva’s offense with a pair of hits.
Junior right hander Brian O’Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) fired his third complete game of the year, fanning six, while allowing three hits and one earned run in seven innings during game two. O’Neill worked out of jams during the third and fourth innings before settling down to retire 10 of the final 12 batters he faced to up his record to 3-1.
Senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) got the scoring started in the third with an RBI single to center, but the Golden Tornadoes quickly knotted the game with a run in the top of the fourth.
W&J responded with a pair of runs during the bottom half of the fourth. The Presidents regained the lead when Staniscia scored via a wild pitch and McIlvaine provided an insurance run by knocking in junior Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) on a triple down the right field line.
Mike Jeffreys suffered the loss for GC despite allowing only three hits and three runs (one earned) in six innings. Jeffreys struck out five and walked a pair.
W&J and Geneva wrap up the three-game series on Saturday at noon in Beaver Falls.