W&J Baseball Attains Highest Ranking In School History; McLain Adds Second Weekly Award
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson baseball team is ranked 14th in the latest D3baseball.com poll released on Tuesday, the highest ranking in the 122-year history of the sport at the college. In addition, sophomore third baseman Kyle McLain (East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius) was named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week.
W&J (33-6, 21-3) broke single-season school records with its 33 regular-season victories and 21 league wins under 10th-year Head Coach Jeff Mountain. The Presidents claimed first place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference standings, five games ahead of second-place Westminster, and will be the hosts of this week’s PAC Tournament (May 10-12).
W&J had previously reached as high as 16th in the American Baseball Coaches Association baseball poll during March 2007. The team is also ranked second in the current NCAA Division III Mideast Region poll.
McLain extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a base hit in all eight contests last week. He batted .533 (16-30) with eight runs scored, seven RBI and two stolen bases. McLain is the Presidents’ leading hitter with a .439 batting average and is tied for the team lead with 36 runs batted in.
W&J opens the PAC Tournament against No. 4 seed Saint Vincent at 2:30 pm on Thursday. The other first-round game features No. 2 Westminster and No. 3 Thomas More at 5:30 pm. Friday's three-game slate starts at noon and the championship round is set for 2:00 pm Saturday. Daily PAC Tournament admission fees are $5 for adults, $2 for non-W&J students and free admission to W&J students with valid ID. Conference and institutional passes are not accepted at PAC Championship events.
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