Trushel Tosses Gem As Presidents Down Westminster
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) threw a two-hit shutout to lead the No. 25 Washington & Jefferson College baseball team to a 1-0 victory over Westminster on Sunday at Ross Memorial Park.
The shutout was the first of Trushel's career. He upped his season record to 8-1 and has now tossed seven complete games this spring, tying the Presidents’ single-season record set by Mike Trumpower ‘07 in 2005. Trushel needs just one more win to tie Trumpower for the most single-season wins in W&J history.
The nine-inning game lasted just 90 minutes and gave W&J the season sweep of the Presidents' Athletic Conference's second-place team. Washington & Jefferson now owns a four-game lead in the race for the top seed and hosting rights of the PAC Tournament (May 10-12). The Presidents and Titans both have seven league games before the conference tournament.
The Titans (20-13, 11-6) built a threat in the first inning, putting runners on first and third with one out, but Trushel fanned Tim Wiand and got Chris Ross to foul out to sophomore first baseman Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). The pair of outs began a stretch of nine consecutive batters retired by Trushel.
Westminster managed just two hits on the day and only two base runners advanced as far as second base. He struck out two and faced just three batters above the minimum.
Schultz knocked in W&J’s (24-4, 15-2) lone run during the fifth inning with an RBI single to left field. The hit plated senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), who singled to lead off the frame.
Sophomore catcher Ronnie Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) produced two hits to lead the Presidents at the plate.
Vince Iosue took the loss for Westminster and saw his record drop to 3-4. Iosue also threw a complete game, allowing just one run on seven hits while fanning a pair.
W&J returns to Ross Memorial Park on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup with Muskingum beginning at 4:00 pm.