W&J Outlasts Thiel 9-6
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Aided by a six-run third inning, Washington & Jefferson College recorded a 9-6 Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball victory over Thiel on Friday at Ross Memorial Park.
Thiel (13-10, 7-2) got on the board first with four runs in the top of the third. Jarod Nanna hit a solo home run and four batters later, Trent Mosley blasted a three-run shot.
The Presidents (16-5, 12-1) quickly responded, taking the lead with six runs during the bottom of the frame. Sophomore John Kutzfara (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth) laced a two-run double to left-center field that made the score 5-4 and then Kutzfara trotted home via a Tomcat error.
Junior catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) extended the Presidents’ advantage to four by smashing a two-run homer the following inning. In the sixth inning, Peirish delivered a two-out base hit to right field, plating junior right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional).
The Tomcats drew to within three with a run in the seventh and threatened for more during the next inning, but sophomore left hander Jared Baird (East Freedom, Pa./Central) got Nanna to fly out to left with the bases loaded, ending the frame.
Baird went the final four innings on the mound to earn his first save. He allowed one earned run on four hits, while striking out one. Junior right hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) picked up his sixth victory of the spring and improved to 17-0 during his collegiate career. Nogay surrendered five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and fanned four during five-plus innings of work.
Peirish, Staniscia and junior left fielder Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) all collected two hits. Peirish knocked in four, while Staniscia scored a pair of runs.
Thiel had seven players record multi-hit efforts, including Nanna, who finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. W&J tagged Tomcat starter Nick Rossmiller for nine runs (five earned) on nine hits in six innings. Rossmiller, who dropped to 6-2 this spring, struck out two.
The Presidents and Tomcats complete their three-game series with a doubleheader in Greenville on Saturday at 1:00 pm.