W&J Eases Past Bethany In West Virginia
BETHANY, W.Va. – Washington & Jefferson College pounded out 14 runs on 19 hits and defeated Bethany College 14-6 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball action in West Virginia on Friday afternoon.
Seven Presidents produced multi-hit games, led by sophomore catcher Ronnie Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland), who stroked a season-high four hits in five at-bats and also scored three runs.
Senior right-hander Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) picked up his fifth win of the spring on the mound. He went six innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits while striking out six. Trushel reached a trio of career milestones on Friday, as he moved into sole possession of second all-time at W&J with 219.2 innings pitched, tied Mike Trumpower ‘07 for second with his 21st victory and vaulted to fourth all-time in strikeouts (131).
Sophomore right fielder Josh Stanscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) was 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run and three runs batted in, while senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) added a pair of RBI and scored two runs.
W&J (15-2, 6-1) fell behind 4-2 after two innings, but quickly responded with three runs in the top of the third to take a one-run lead. Senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) plated a run with a single and two more runs scored via Bethany errors.
The Presidents continued to add on with two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth, capped off by Staniscia’s second home run of the season, a two-run shot that he sent sailing over the right field fence. In all, W&J plated multiple runs in six frames with the lone exceptions being the first, fifth and ninth innings.
Ryan Styche surrendered 10 runs (seven earned) on 11 hits in 5.2 innings and took the loss for Bethany (7-13, 4-9). Nate Tieman and Lucas Flaus both produced a pair of hits and one run batted in to pace the Bison offense.
W&J and Bethany complete the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm at Ross Memorial Stadium.