W&J Falls At Geneva In Series Finale
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Geneva College handed Washington & Jefferson College its first Presidents’ Athletic Conference loss of 2013 by claiming a 6-2 baseball victory at 33rd Street Park Saturday afternoon.
W&J (8-5 overall) had won its first five league games this spring, while the Golden Tornadoes (6-9, 1-2) regrouped from a pair of Friday losses to the Presidents to earn their first PAC triumph.
After senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) and junior first baseman D.J. Michalski (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) recorded back-to-back singles to open the game, junior right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) plated Liller with a sacrifice fly to give the Presidents a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Shane Wingard worked a bases-loaded walk off W&J starter Mike Vizzini (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) to even the game 1-1 in the third and GC took the lead two batters later when T. J. Lambert knocked in two with a single.
Geneva extended its advantage to three before the Presidents struck for their second run in the top of the sixth as junior left fielder Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) scored via a GC error.
The Golden Tornadoes responded with a pair of runs during the bottom of the frame and Tanner Propst retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in relief of starter Caleb Kilgore to hold off the Presidents.
Vizzini fell to 1-2 on the season after giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings. He struck out a pair, while allowing eight hits. Kilgore moved to 2-1 for Geneva following a six-inning outing in which he surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits.
Six Presidents recorded at least one base hit, led by Michalski, who was 2-for-5 at the plate.
W&J continues conference play on Tuesday with a home doubleheader against Waynesburg. First pitch for game one is set for 3:00 pm.