TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- It took 13 innings and nearly four hours, but Washington & Jefferson fought off elimination and advanced in the opening game of day three of the Mideast Regional with an 8-7 win over Wooster Friday morning at Art Nehf Field in Terre Haute, Ind.
Ronny Peirish provided the eventual game-winning run for the Presidents (32-12) with an RBI ground out in the top of the 13th that scored Josh Staniscia from second base. With Stanisicia running on the pitcher, Peirish hit a slow grounder to the right side that allowed Staniscia to round third and score without a throw.
Scott Liller drove in four runs for W&J, as he went 3-for-6 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored. Stansicia prove in a pair of runs by going 2-for-6, while six other Presidents tallied a hit. Marc Rizzo tossed the final 3.0 innings for W&J to earn his first win of the season, as he improved to 1-0. Rizzo allowed one run on two hits and tallied a strikeout. Starter Tyler Dean went 6.0 innings for the Presidents, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits with five strikeouts around just one walk.
Eddie Reese paced the Wooster (33-12) offense by going 4-for-6 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Frank Vance added three hits in six at-bats and scored once, while John McLain and Cal Thomay each drove in a run and finished with two hits.
Keenan White, who entered the weekend with a 12-0 record, suffered his second loss of the regional and fell to 12-2 on the year, as he allowed two runs on two hits and struck out three in 3.0 innings out of the bullpen. Matt Felvey, who started the game for the Fighting Scots, lasted 7.0 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with a strikeout.
Washington & Jefferson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Liller led off the game with a double to right and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Stansicia.
Wooster answered with a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1, after Ryan Miner drove a double into the gap in left center that allowed Vance to score from second.
The Presidents regained the lead in their half of the fourth on an RBI single by Liller, but once again the Scots were able to answer.
With two outs in the fifth, Reese doubled to the gap in left center, before Zac Mathie singled on a ball back up the middle to score Reese and tie the game at 2-2.
Wooster took their first lead of the game at 5-2 by plating three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Miller led off the inning by reaching on a fielding effort, before Jarrod Mancine followed with a single down the line in right and John McLain drove in Miller with a double to left. Reese drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Mancine and Thomay capped the scoring with a sac fly to left.
W&J countered with four runs just a half inning later in the top of the eighth, as the Presidents scored all four runs after a two-out error committed by the Scots. With the bases loaded and two out, Liller tied the game with a bases-clearing double to deep left and D.J. Michalski put W&J back in front, 6-5, with an RBI single up the middle that scored Liller.
Wooster retied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out rally as Reese drove in Mancine with a single up the middle and the game would remain knotted at 8-8, until the 13th.
After W&J took the lead with two runs in the top half of the inning, the Scots were able to counter with a run and put the tying run aboard, but Rizzo was able to strike out Brendan Taylor to end the game and send the Presidents on to the next round.
Washington & Jefferson will advance to play the winner of the Illinois Wesleyan/Thomas More contest, while Wooster enters their season with a 33-12 record.