Pair of home runs not enough as Thiel falls to W&J, 9-6

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WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Thiel College baseball team was defeated by a score of 9-6 by Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Washington and Jefferson College Friday.

Thiel struck first in the top of the third inning as Trent Mosley (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush) hit his PAC-leading fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to deep right center, to put the Tomcats up 1-0. After Doug Farley (Linesville, Pa./Linesville) doubled and Eric Steininger (West Leechburg, Pa./Leechburg) walked, Jarod Nanna (Johnstown, Pa./Conemaugh) followed Mosley's lead, crushing a three-run home run, his second of the year, to left center to give the Tomcats a 4-0 lead.

The Presidents struck back in the bottom of the frame as they plated six runs of their own in the home half of the inning. W&J took advantage of two Tomcat errors and three hits to generate their six runs.

The Presidents expanded their lead to four runs with another two in the bottom of the fourth. A two-run home run by Ronny Peirish accounted for the damage, giving W&J an 8-4 lead.

Thiel closed the gap to three runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI-groundout by Farley.

The Presidents had answered in the bottom half of the sixth, as Peirish singled to right field to plate one and increase the W&J lead back to four, 9-5.

Thiel added one more run in the top of the seventh inning but could get no closer as the Presidents took the contest by a score of 9-6.

Offensively, Nanna and Mosley led Thiel, each going 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. In all, seven Tomcats recorded multiple hits, as Thiel outhit W&J 14-to-9 in the loss.

On the opposite side, Peirish was a thorn in the Tomcats side all day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBIs.

On the mound, Nick Rossmiller (Butler, Pa./Butler) fell to 6-2 for Thiel, as he threw six innings, allowed five earned runs on nine hits, while walking three and striking out two.

Eddie Nogay improved to 6-0 on the mound for W&J, as he threw five innings, allowed four earned runs on 10 hits, while walking two and striking out four.

Thiel gets another crack at W&J tomorrow, as the two teams are set to play a doubleheader at Tomcat Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.