W&J Shuts Down UWSP; Completes Florida Sweep
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Washington & Jefferson College baseball team finished off a perfect 7-0 Florida trip for the first time in school history with a 5-2 victory over sixth-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday afternoon.
The Pointers (7-3) are the highest-ranked opponent W&J (9-1) has beaten since March 20, 2006, when it also defeated a Wisc.-Stevens Point team that was ranked sixth at the time in Florida.
The Presidents received strong performances from a trio of pitchers on Friday. Senior Dave Trushel (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) started the game and tossed four innings of one-run ball. Trushel earned the win after striking out four and scattering six hits.
For the fourth-straight game, the W&J offense jumped on its opponent with first-inning runs. Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmstead, Ohio/St. Ignatius) started a string of four consecutive singles with one out. Sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) moved Klinec to third with a base hit and catcher Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) knocked in Klinec by lacing a single off Pointers’ pitcher Tyler Flood. Third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) plated Staniscia with an RBI single to right field one batter later. W&J has scored at least one first-inning run during eight of 10 games this season.
UWSP scored a run during the bottom half of the inning to cut the Presidents’ lead in half, but that is all of the scoring that Trushel would allow.
Sophomore right-hander Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) was just as solid on the mound in relief of Trushel. Risch threw four shutdown innings, allowing just one unearned run.
W&J tacked on three insurance runs during the seventh inning. Sophomore second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) singled to lead off the frame and came around to score on an error by third baseman Riley Spetz. Klinec added a run by scoring on a wild pitch and then Peirish stole home during a perfectly-executed double steal attempt.
Sophomore Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) closed out the game for W&J in the ninth. Nogay struck out a pair of batters and got Justin Jirschele to line out to McLain to end the game to earn the save.
Liller, Peirish and Staniscia all collected two hits and scored once to pace the Presidents’ offense. Klinec added a pair of runs and one hit. Staniscia had five multi-hit games during W&J's Florida swing.
The Presidents return north to open Presidents’ Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader at Geneva on Tuesday. Game one begins at 1:00 pm.