W&J Drops Doubleheader At Thomas More
CRESTVIEW HILLS,Ky. – Thomas More rallied for a 7-6 Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball victory over Washington & Jefferson College at TMC Field Tuesday afternoon during game one of a doubleheader. Two TMC pitchers then combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Saints completed the sweep with a 5-0 triumph in the nightcap.
W&J (16-9, 12-5) took a 3-0 lead during the top of the second inning in game one. Junior shortstop Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) and sophomore third baseman Kyle Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) provided RBI singles, while sophomore designated hitter John Kutzfara (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth) plated a run with a double.
The Saints responded with a four spot in the bottom of the third, all of which came with two outs. Travis Miller delivered the first run with a base hit and Cody Makin gave TMC the lead with a three-run homer to center field.
Senior center fielder Scott Brady’s (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) bases-loaded double drove in two as the Presidents immediately answered during the fourth. Classmate Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) followed Brady’s two-base hit with a sacrifice fly, making the score 6-4.
After TMC cut the lead to one in the fifth, the Saints rallied for the victory in their final at-bat. Makin knotted the game at six with a sacrifice fly and three batters later, Marcus Woelfel lined a bases-loaded single to right, knocking in the winning run.
Junior right hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) suffered his first collegiate loss as he saw his career record drop to 16-1. Nogay allowed two earned runs on three hits, while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Classmate Brian O’Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) struck out five and gave up five runs (two earned) over the first five innings.
Andy Roenker tossed three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Travis Miller led the Saints with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate, while Makin drove in four.
Makin knocked in three more runs during game two, while Donovan Pogue collected a pair of hits and plated two to pace TMC’s offense.
David Etschied upped his record to 4-0 this spring by firing six scoreless innings and fanning seven. Roenker completed the shutout by blanking the Presidents in the seventh.
Sophomore right hander Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) dropped to 1-2 following a five-inning outing during which he allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits.
McLain led W&J with three hits on the day, while Kutzfara scored twice and knocked in one. Sophomore catcher Mark Wesolek (Bairdford, Pa./Deer Lakes) was the lone President with a multi-hit performance during game two.
W&J looks to get back into the win column on Saturday when it concludes its six-game road trip with a doubleheader at Saint Vincent (1:00 pm).