W&J Eliminates SVC; Advances To PAC Championship
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The top-seeded Washington & Jefferson College baseball team downed fourth-seeded Saint Vincent 10-4 to advance to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title game on Saturday at Ross Memorial Park.
The 14th-ranked Presidents (35-7, 21-3) tied a school record with their 35th victory of the spring and advanced to the championship round for the first time since 2009, while the Bearcats fell to 24-19.
Senior shortstop Aaron Klinec (North Olmstead, Ohio/St. Ignatius) got W&J on the board first with a two-run single in the second inning. He added another RBI base hit in the fourth to give the Presidents a three-run edge.
W&J expanded its lead to six in the top of the sixth inning with a trio of runs. Klinec knocked in his fourth run of the contest by putting down a successful suicide squeeze. Sophomore designated hitter Ronny Peirish (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) added a pair of runs with a single through the right side.
Saint Vincent fought back with four runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to just two; however, W&J tacked on four insurance runs over the next two innings to earn the victory.
The Presidents had to stave off elimination twice on Friday after defeating Thomas More earlier in the day (2-1) and will now face No. 2 seed Westminster on Saturday at 2:00 pm. W&J will have to down the Titans twice to claim the PAC Championship.
Klinec led W&J offensively by knocking in four runs and contributing a pair of hits. Senior left fielder Brian Szabo (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory) and sophomore catcher Tyler Schultz (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) both collected three hits.
Sophomore right-hander Randy Risch (Grove City) upped his record to 5-2 after allowing four earned runs and striking out five in five innings of work. Freshman right-hander Tyler Dean (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) went the final four frames to earn his second save. He fanned two and did not allow a run.
Jeremy Mains took the loss for SVC, falling to 4-5. Mains gave up five runs (two earned) and eight hits while walking five in five innings. The Bearcats were hurt by six errors, two wild pitches and one passed ball.