W&J And SVC Battle To Doubleheader Split
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) earned his fourth win of the season as the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team took the first game of a Saturday PAC doubleheader against Saint Vincent by a score of 8-3 at Ross Memorial Park. Despite 7 2/3 no-hit innings from sophomore righty Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City), the Bearcats earned the split with a 2-1, nine-inning victory in game two.
Trushel retired the first 12 batters he faced before a leadoff single during the fifth inning ended his bid for a perfect game. He recovered, setting down the next six batters in order. Trushel struck out three, while allowing three earned runs on five hits, as he tossed his second complete game this week. With his seven innings thrown, Trushel tied Mike Trumpower '07 for second on the W&J career innings pitched list with 213 2/3.
All nine W&J batters collected at least one hit during game one, led by junior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton), sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) and classmate Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston), who all picked up two base hits. The Presidents’ runs were scored by eight different players.
Senior right fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) knocked in sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) to give W&J a 1-0 lead in the second inning. McIlvaine and junior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) followed with run-scoring singles to make the score 3-0.
The Presidents tacked on two more runs in the third. Sophomore Ronnie Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) knocked in Staniscia with an RBI triple and McLain plated Peirish one batter later with a sacrifice fly.
Staniscia doubled, knocking in two runs, as W&J would add three insurance scores to take an 8-0 after six innings. The Bearcats rallied for three runs in the ninth, but could not get any closer.
Risch dazzled the SVC during game two, allowing no hits through the first seven innings. Unfortunately for Risch, his counterpart on the mound, Jared Haller, held the Presidents’ offense at bay.
Risch surrendered an unearned run to the Bearcats without allowing a hit during the fifth inning, giving SVC a 1-0 edge. The Presidents finally got to Haller during the bottom of the seventh frame, when McLain rapped a one-out single to left that scored Staniscia, tying the game at one.
Risch carried his no-hitter into the eight inning, but a two-out, bloop single by Brad Burkhardt broke it up. The game remained tied until the ninth inning when Joey Fearer put down a perfect bunt single that knocked in the go-ahead run.
W&J moved the potential game-tying run to third, but could not get him the final 90 feet to knot the score in the bottom of the ninth.
Risch was the tough-luck losing pitcher, falling to 1-1 on the season. He allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit while fanning two in 8.1 innings.
Haller moved to 5-0 this spring. He tossed a complete-game, striking out seven and scattering six hits along the way.
McLain recorded a pair of hits to lead W&J during game two. Burkhardt picked up a two hits and a run scored to pace the Bearcats on the day.
W&J and Saint Vincent will face off in a rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm at Bearcat Ballfield in Latrobe, Pa.