W&J Downed By Division I Bradley
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Facing its first NCAA Division I opponent since 2008, the 25th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College baseball team dropped a 12-2 decision to Bradley on Wednesday at Lake Myrtle Field.
W&J lost its third-straight game, falling to 4-3, while the Braves evened their record at 9-9 by winning their fifth consecutive game.
Bradley took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, but senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) cut the deficit in half with an RBI ground out.
After the Braves quickly responded with a four-run sixth inning, W&J appeared as though it would put a rally together in the bottom of the frame. Junior third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) plated sophomore pinch runner Cory Bauer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) with a bases-loaded single, but Bradley starting pitcher Eric Scheuermann struck out the next three batters to end the threat.
The Braves seized control of the game by scoring six runs over the next three innings.
Scheuermann earned his second victory after allowing two runs (zero earned) on seven hits, while striking out seven in seven innings on the mound. Junior right-hander Mike Vizzini took the loss for the Presidents. Vizzini fanned five and surrendered six runs (five earned) during his 5 2/3 innings of work.
The W&J offense recorded seven hits led by two each from junior right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) and classmate Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland).
Max Murphy and Greg Partyka both recorded three-hit efforts for the Braves, who tallied 17 overall.
W&J looks to get back into the win column on Thursday against Rowan (N.J.) at 3:00 pm in Winter Haven, Fla.