Baseball Swept By Washington & Jefferson in Non-Conference Finale

C.J. Stotler (Photo by Ryan Baker)
C.J. Stotler (Photo by Ryan Baker)

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Mount Union's baseball team suffered a pair of close losses -- 5-3 and 5-4 to Washington & Jefferson College Wednesday in Washington, Pa.

Both teams entered the day ranked in the NCAA Mideast Region rankings and the Presidents, who have already clinched the Presidents' Athletic Conference title move to 30-6 on the season while Mount Union falls to 26-12 overall.

In the opener, W&J scored a run in the third before Mount Union pushed three runs across in the fourth after Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) had a lead-off double and scored on a sacrifice fly from Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) while the other two runs came on a home run from C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum).

The Presidents tied the game with two runs in the fourth then took the lead with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth for the 5-3 final.

Eddie Nogay allowed only one hit over the final 2.2 innings to get the win in relief while Tom Bekelsky (Akron/Firestone) took his first loss on the season on the mound for the Raiders.

Mount Union jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two as Steve Mitch (Sagamore Hills/Trinity) led off the third inning with a double then errors on successive bunt attempts opened up an opportunity as Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) had a sacrifice fly RBI and Grosscup had an RBI single.

The Raiders went up 4-0 in the fourth as Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) led off the inning with a triple then scored on a Carlino sacrifice fly.

Washington and Jefferson chipped away with two in the fifth, one in the sixth and loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before Aaron Klinec hit a line drive to right field to complete the comeback and end the game - 5-4.

Mike Vizzini scattered four hits over six innings and only allowed one earned run to get the win while Beau Smith (Frederick, Md./Frederick) was the hard luck loser as he allowed only six hits over six innings in the loss.

Mount Union wraps up the regular season with an Ohio Athletic Conference twinbill against Muskingum Saturday at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Washington&Jefferson 5, Mount Union 3 (May 02, 2012 at Washington, Pa.) (Game 1)
Mount Union......... 000 300 0 -  3  5  1      (26-11)
Washington&Jefferson 001 220 X -  5  9  0      (29-6)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Tom Bekelsky; Josh Pryor(5) and C.J. Stotler. Washington&Jefferson -
Randall Risch; Eddie Nogay(5) and Ronny Peirish.
Win-Eddie Nogay(5-0)  Loss-Tom Bekelsky(2-1)  T-1:45  A-126
HR MTU - C.J. Stotler (2).
Weather: 81 F Sunny
Washington&Jefferson 5, Mount Union 4 (May 02, 2012 at Washington, Pa.) (Game 2)
Mount Union......... 003 100 0 -  4  5  2      (26-12)
Washington&Jefferson 000 021 2 -  5  8  2      (30-6)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Beau Smith; Mike Horning(7) and Steve Mitch; C.J. Stotler.
Washington&Jefferson - Mike Vizzini; Chris Kosty(7) and Tyler Schultz.
Win-Chris Kosty(1-2)  Loss-Beau Smith(4-5)  T-1:35  A-126
Weather: 80 F Sunny
Smith faced 2 batters in the 7th.