W&J Edges Waynesburg Late For Seventh-Straight Win
WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore left fielder John Kutzfara's (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth) eighth-inning sacrifice fly proved to be the game winner as the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team claimed a 5-2 victory at Waynesburg Wednesday.
W&J won its seventh-straight game, improving to 15-5 overall and 11-1 in Presidents' Athletic Conference play, while Waynesburg fell to 9-12 (2-7 PAC). The Presidents completed a season sweep of the Yellow Jackets for the fourth consecutive year.
Junior right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) and sophomore third baseman Kyle Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) both recorded run-scoring singles to provide W&J with a 2-0 lead after four innings.
Waynesburg evened the game with a pair of runs in the fifth. Bobby Houseman's RBI single cut the Presidents' lead in half and Kyle Sasala followed with a RBI groundout, knotting the score.
Junior shortstop Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) singled to lead off the eighth and was moved to second following a sacrifice bunt from classmate Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). After a Yellow Jacket error allowed McLain to advance to third, Kutzfara sent a long, fly ball to right that was deep enough to score McLain.
McLain added a ninth-inning insurance run with an RBI triple and then scored via a Waynesburg miscue for the final margin.
Junior right hander Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) upped his record to 2-1 after tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Risch struck out one and allowed just one hit. Classmate Brian O'Neill (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) went the first six innings on the mound, striking out five, while giving up two earned runs on five hits. McLain retired the final two batters to pick up his second save.
The Presidents recorded 12 hits, led by three from McLain. He also scored twice, while juniors D.J. Michalski and Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) both tallied a pair of hits.
Tyler Prevost took the loss on the mound for the Yellow Jackets. Prevost surrendered three runs (one earned) on two hits in three innings of relief. Nick Berdine collected two of Waynesburg's seven hits to lead the offense.
W&J opens a three-game series with Thiel at Ross Memorial Park on Friday at 4:00 pm.