Thiel Takes Two From W&J In Greenville
GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel halted Washington & Jefferson College’s eight-game winning streak by sweeping a Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at Tomcat Park. TC rallied for a 5-4 victory in the opener and won game two by a 4-2 count.
Freshman shortstop Mike Ruffing (Brunswick, Ohio/St. Ignatius) put W&J (16-7, 12-3) in front 2-0 with a two-run single in the second inning of the first contest. Junior first baseman Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) doubled the Presidents’ lead in the following inning with a two-base hit that pushed a pair of runs across.
The Tomcats trailed 4-1 entering the sixth, but tallied four scores to take the lead. Cody Trinch knocked in two with a double and the next batter, Trent Mosley, put Thiel in front with a two-run single.
Junior right hander Mike Vizzini (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) was dealt his third loss after giving up five earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Cody Northcutt fired a complete game for Thiel to earn the victory. Northcutt allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits, while fanning one.
Thiel brought a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning of game two before sophomore catcher Mark Wesolek (Bairdford, Pa./Deer Lakes) singled to left, knocking in a run.
Schultz led off the seventh with a double and scored on junior second baseman Matt Fry’s (State College, Pa./State College) base hit, making the score 4-2. The Presidents threatened to tie the game with runners on second and third, but Riley Schwertz retired the only batter he faced to seal the win for the Tomcats.
Schwertz recorded his second save, while Parker Meyers went the first 6 2/3 innings to up his record to 2-0. Meyers fanned three and allowed two earned runs on three hits.
Junior Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) suffered the loss for the Presidents. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits, while striking out one. Schultz recorded a pair of multi-hit performances to lead the Presidents’ offense. He also knocked in two and scored once.
W&J looks to rebound on Tuesday when it travels to Kentucky for a doubleheader with Thomas More (1:00 pm).