W&J’s Kyle McLain Near The Top Of Division III In Batting
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) ranks among the top 10 hitters in NCAA Division III in both batting average and on-base percentage after one month of the 2012 season.
McLain owns a .500 batting average, the top mark in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, and a .579 on base percentage. He is in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, during which time he is batting .524 (22-for-42) with one home run, 15 RBI and 12 runs scored. He has also stolen four bases.
As a team, the Presidents are off to the best start in team history at 13-2 (4-1 PAC). W&J ranks 39th in Division III with a .334 team batting average.
W&J has been strong in all phases of the game during the first month of the season. The Presidents also own top-50 national rankings in both team earned run average (27th - 2.92) and team fielding percentage (44th - .965).
Sophomore Eddie Nogay’s (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) 1.26 ERA is 41st in the nation, while senior Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) is tied for 12th with four complete games and leads the staff with four victories. Opponents are hitting just .228 off Presidents’ pitching this spring. Nogay was selected to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week earlier today.
McLain and senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) have been standouts defensively for W&J. The duo has started all 15 games together on the left side of the infield and have combined to commit just six errors in 113 chances. The Presidents’ outfielders have also been strong defensively. The starting outfield of senior Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), junior Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) and sophomore Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) have made just one error in 70 opportunities.
W&J hosts Geneva at Ross Memorial Park on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 pm.