W&J Eases Past Thomas More Behind 19-Hit Attack
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College stormed out to an 11-0 lead after four innings and cruised to a 12-2 Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball victory over Thomas More at Ross Memorial Park Thursday afternoon.
With the triumph, W&J (19-10, 15-6) became the first team to secure a spot in the PAC Tournament (May 9-11). Thomas More dropped to 22-10 overall and 12-6 in league play.
Back-to-back RBI doubles from juniors Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) and Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) put the Presidents in front during the first inning. Peirish made the score 3-0 after hustling home from second base on classmate Kyle McLain’s (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) groundout to second.
W&J doubled its lead in the third when junior first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) scored via a TMC throwing error, while Peirish and junior first baseman Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) both knocked in runs.
Peirish started a five-run fourth by driving in Staniscia with a triple to right field. McLain followed with a run-scoring single and then touched home on a long double by Schultz. The Presidents collected five hits, including four that went for extra bases, during the frame to help put the Saints away.
Michalski, Schultz and Staniscia all turned in three-hit performances to lead the W&J offense. Michalski and Staniscia both scored three runs, while Schultz knocked in a pair. Peirish drove in three and touched home twice and McLain collected two hits and two RBI.
Junior right hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna) went seven innings to earn his team-leading eighth victory. Nogay struck out seven, while surrendering two earned runs on four hits.
Mike Hager dropped to 0-4 this spring for TMC after being tagged for 11 runs (nine earned) on 13 hits in four innings of work. David Kennett tallied one hit and drove in a run to pace the Saints’ offense.
The Presidents open a five-game road trip Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, with a doubleheader against Case Western Reserve (1:00 pm).