Trushel Tosses Complete Game As W&J Downs Waynesburg
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) threw his team-leading fifth complete game of the year to lead Washington & Jefferson College past Waynesburg University 4-1 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball action from Ross Memorial Park on Friday evening.
Trushel earned his sixth victory of the season and 22nd of his career to move past Mike Trumpower ’07 for second place on the Presidents’ all-time wins list. He struck out at least one hitter in eight of his nine innings of work and a season-high 10 overall. Trushel surrended just one earned run, while scattering seven hits and walking one.
Trushel’s lone blemish on the day came in the first inning as the Yellow Jackets (6-11, 6-7) grabbed a one-run lead on a run-scoring triple by Brian Hartman.
W&J (17-4, 8-2) responded with a single run of its own in the second inning. Sophomore catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) launched his second home run of the spring over the left field fence, knotting the game at one.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the sixth when senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) doubled home sophomore designated hitter D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) with two outs. Michalski had singled to start the frame and moved to second on junior second baseman Scott Liller’s (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) sacrifice bunt.
The Presidents added a pair of insurance tallies during the seventh. Sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) got the Presidents started with a single and was plated by senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), who rapped a base hit through the right side. Liller knocked in Michalski four batters later with a single for the second run of the inning.
Trushel shut down the Yellow Jackets’ offense in the eighth and ninth, as he faced the minimum six batters during the final two innings.
Ben Oviatt took the loss for Waynesburg, dropping his record to 7-2 this spring. He gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits in eight innings. He fanned three batters and walked one.
Klinec, Michalski and Szabo all produced a pair of hits to pace the W&J offense. Klinec and Szabo also knocked in one run a piece. Seven different Yellow Jackets had base hits.
The Presidents and Yellow Jackets will complete their three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader in Waynesburg beginning at 1:00 pm.