W&J Cruises Past Saint Vincent In PAC Tournament Opener
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Aided by a nine-run sixth inning, Washington & Jefferson College rolled to a 14-3 victory over Saint Vincent in its opening game of the 2013 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Ross Memorial Park on Thursday.
The Presidents (28-11) advance to face Thomas More, which routed Thiel 14-1, on Friday at noon. The Bearcats will battle the Tomcats in an elimination game at 3:00 pm.
W&J trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the third inning, but struck for three runs to take the lead. Senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) knotted the game after scoring via a Saint throwing error, while junior third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) capped the inning with a book-rule double that plated classmate Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional).
The Presidents put the game away by sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs during the sixth inning. McLain collected a pair of hits and drove in one run, while senior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) singled twice and recorded a pair of RBI to highlight the frame.
Brady, McLain and junior left fielder Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) all tallied three hits to pace the Presidents’ offense. McIlvaine scored three times and knocked in two, while McLain touched home twice and drove in three.
Junior right hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) improved to 10-1 this spring, becoming the first President in history to earn a double-figure victory total during a single season. Nogay tossed seven innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out three. He is now 20-1 for his career.
Gary Gerhardt suffered the loss for Saint Vincent after giving up nine runs (five earned) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Jordan Britcher collected two hits and scored twice to lead the Bearcats at the plate.