W&J Baseball Enters National Rankings
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College baseball team is ranked 25th in the latest D3Baseball.com poll released on Tuesday.
W&J had been among the teams receiving votes in each of the last five weeks and vaulted into the rankings after a 3-1 week that included a sweep of Presidents’ Athletic Conference rival Waynesburg over the weekend.
The national ranking is the first for W&J since the 2010 season, when the team reached as high as No. 21 during the week of May 10. W&J is 1-1 this spring against squads currently ranked in the top 25, having defeated No. 18 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 5-2 in Florida, before falling 9-5 at top-ranked Marietta on Apr. 9.
The Presidents own a 19-4 overall record (10-2 PAC) under the leadership of ninth-year Head Coach Jeff Mountain and sit in a first-place tie atop the league with Westminster, which also has a 10-2 conference mark. W&J and the Titans will face off in a three-game series this weekend.
The team has enjoyed a resurgence this spring after suffering its first losing record (19-21) since 2003 last year. Senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has anchored the pitching rotation by turning in a 6-1 record with a 2.31 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 47.0 innings, while sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) leads the Presidents’ balanced offense with a .446 batting average and 23 runs batted in. As of last week’s rankings, McLain was seventh in NCAA Division III in on-base percentage (.528).
W&J hosts a doubleheader against Thiel at Ross Memorial Park on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 pm.