W&J Splits PAC Doubleheader With Bethany
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College baseball team claimed game one of a doubleheader against Bethany by score of 10-4 at Ross Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon; however, the Bison responded with a 6-3 victory in the night cap.
The Presidents’ record now stands at 16-3 overall and 7-2 in the PAC at the midpoint of the season. Bethany moved to 5-10 in PAC play and 8-14 overall.
W&J got on the board first during game one with a three-run third inning. Sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) produced a bases-loaded single to left field that knocked in two runs and senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) added a sacrifice fly that plated sophomore catcher Ronnie Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland).
After Bethany scored its first run in the fourth inning, W&J took hold of the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore right fielder Josh Staniscia (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) singled to lead off and scored one batter later when Peirish sent his first career home run sailing over the left field fence. Szabo, junior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) and classmate Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) all added one RBI later in the frame.
Staniscia and McLain both produced three hits and two runs scored during game one. McLain also knocked in a pair of runs, while Peirish reached base in all four plate appearances with two hits and pair of walks. Peirish scored three runs and contributed two RBI.
Sophomore right-hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna) upped his record to 3-0 on the mound this spring. Nogay struck out four and allowed just one unearned run on three hits in six innings of work. Tyler Kurtz was saddled with his second loss of the season for Bethany after surrendering eight earned runs on 10 hits in four innings.
The Presidents jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in game two when McLain knocked in Staniscia and senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Ignatius) with a two-out double during the first inning.
After allowing the pair of runs, Bethany starting pitcher Ryan Meier shut down the W&J offense. He went 5.2 innings and gave up just two runs, while striking out seven.
The Presidents maintained their two-run edge until the fifth inning. Sophomore right-hander Randy Risch (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) had retired the first 12 batters he faced in order before Dan Weller got Bethany in the hit column with a leadoff bunt single in the fifth. Weller’s base hit started a five-run rally, as Bethany took a 5-2 lead.
W&J threatened to tie the game in the sixth after loading the bases with two outs, but the Presidents were unable to get any runs home.
Risch took the loss for W&J, falling to 1-2 on the season. He gave up five runs (four earned) on three hits while striking out four in 4.1 innings. McLain knocked in all three runs during the second game to lead the W&J offense. Liller and Szabo both produced multi-hit efforts in the loss.
Meier picked up the win on the mound for the Bison, while Alex Evans paced Bethany offensively with two RBI and a pair of runs.
W&J travels to Ohio for a non-conference game with defending national champion and second-ranked Marietta on Monday at 7:00 pm.