W&J Baseball Enters NCAA Mideast Region Rankings
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The NCAA released its second set of Division III baseball regional rankings on Thursday and Washington & Jefferson College is the sixth-ranked team in the Mideast Region.
Two-time defending national champion Marietta sits atop the Mideast Region. W&J defeated the Pioneers 11-10 on April 7 at Ross Memorial Park after rallying from a 9-0 deficit.
Manchester (Ind.) is second in the poll followed by Wooster, La Roche, Case Western Reserve, W&J, Hope (Mich.), John Carroll and Thomas More.
The Presidents own victories over five regionally-ranked teams, including their most recent win, a 7-5 home triumph Thursday against the South Region’s No. 6 team Frostburg State.
Washington & Jefferson has already clinched a spot in next week’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament. The Presidents control their own destiny in hopes of hosting the four-team, double-elimination tournament for the seventh time in the past nine seasons.
W&J has been led by junior right-handed pitcher Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna), who ranks ninth in NCAA Division III with eight victories. He owns an 18-1 career record and a 2.72 ERA in 38 appearances (24 starts).
Junior first baseman/designated hitter D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) paces the offense with a .397 batting average and the 33rd-best on-base percentage (.520) among NCAA Division III hitters.
Heading into this weekend’s series with Westminster, Washington & Jefferson Head Coach Jeff Mountain has produced a 293-168-1 record (.635) in 11 seasons. He has guided the Presidents to four conference championships and the first three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances (2009, 2011, 2012) in program history.