W&J Rallies To Defeat Saint Vincent
LATROBE, Pa. – Sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia’s (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) eighth-inning home run lifted Washington & Jefferson College to a 3-2 victory over Saint Vincent in PAC baseball action on Saturday at Bearcat Ballfield.
Staniscia crushed his second-career homer over the center field fence with one out in the eighth inning to cap a three-run rally by the Presidents (13-2, 4-1), who trailed 2-0 after six innings.
After being held scoreless, the W&J offense finally broke through in the seventh. Sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) and senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) both singled to get the charge started. After sophomore designated hitter Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chariters-Houston) moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, classmate Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) plated McLain and Szabo with a double to left field, knotting the game at two.
Saint Vincent (14-6, 4-4) had taken a two-run lead with single runs during the fourth and fifth innings.
Staniscia’s four-bagger capped a 3-for-4 day at the plate to lead the Presidents. McLain and Szabo both contributed a pair of hits.
Sophomore right-hander Marc Rizzo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) earned the win in relief, moving his record this spring to 2-0. Rizzo did not allow a hit in 2.1 innings and struck out one batter. Sophomore Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) started the game for W&J. He fanned five while allowing seven hits and two runs (one earned) in 6.2 innings. Nogay’s streak of innings without allowing an earned run came to an end at 23.1. He has an ERA of 1.26 in five appearances this spring.
Gary Gerhardt took the loss for SVC, falling to 1-3 on the season. Gerhardt gave up three earned runs on 10 hits in nine innings, while striking out seven. Brad Burkhardt and Mike Hustava both produced one RBI to lead the Bearcats’ offense.
W&J will be back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Geneva at 3:30 pm. The Presidents will be looking for a season sweep of the Golden Tornadoes after taking both games of a doubleheader on March 27 in Beaver Falls, Pa.