W&J Sweeps Westminster; Clinches PAC Regular-Season Title
WASHINGTON, Pa. — Washington & Jefferson College secured its second-straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference regular-season baseball championship with a doubleheader sweep of Westminster Saturday at Ross Memorial Park. Junior right hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W. Va./Madonna) fired a complete-game shutout as W&J took game one 9-0. The Presidents then rolled to a 13-2 triumph during the nightcap.
The Presidents will host the PAC Tournament beginning Thursday at Ross Memorial Park. W&J will be playing at home during the tournament for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. The top seeded Presidents will face fourth-seeded Saint Vincent, while No. 2 Thiel will take on No. 3 Thomas More (game times still to be determined).
Nogay retired the side in order during every inning except the fourth and seventh frames and allowed just three Titan hits overall as he improved to 9-1. He struck out four and posted his third shutout of the season (five career) to tie Sam Mann’s single-season school record set in 2005.
W&J entered the third inning with a 2-0 lead and batted around, scoring five runs on five hits, to take control of game one. Junior catcher Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) drove in two with a single, while classmates Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) and Derek McIlvaine (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) followed with run-scoring hits.
McLain and Schultz both collected a pair of hits to pace the Presidents. McLain scored two runs, while Schultz touched home once.
Liam Halferty took the loss for the Titans after giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Presidents trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning of game two, but senior center fielder Scott Brady (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) cut the Titans’ lead in half with an RBI single. One inning later, senior second baseman Scott Liller (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) doubled to lead off and scored on junior first baseman D.J. Michalski’s (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) two-base hit, knotting the game at two.
Schultz scored on a balk to put the Presidents in front during the fourth and Brady followed with his second run-scoring base hit, making the score 4-2.
W&J then strung together four-straight hits, capped off by a long grand slam to left from McLain, to put the game away in the fifth.
Liller, Michalski and Brady all recorded three-hit performances during game two. Brady drove in three and Michalski knocked in a pair, while Liller scored a trio of runs.
Sophomore right hander Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) fired a complete game and struck out six to even his record at 2-2 this spring. Dean allowed two earned runs on seven hits.
Kyle Borton suffered the loss following a four-inning outing during which he gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits.
The Presidents took Friday's wild series opener in New Wilmington by a 15-13 count in 11 innings. Liller collected five hits, including the go-ahead RBI double in the 11th, and scored four runs.
W&J completed the regular season with a perfect home record (16-0) for the third time in school history and the first time since 1992. The Presidents have won 22-straight regular-season games at Ross Memorial Park dating back to last season, a new school record.
W&J (26-11, 18-6 PAC) closes out the regular season on Sunday with a non-conference game at Penn State-Behrend (1:00 pm).