WASHINGTON, Pa. - Senior right-handed pitcher Eddie Nogay pitched seven strong innings and became Washington & Jefferson College's career baseball pitching wins leader Friday night as the Presidents defeated Geneva 16-4 in PAC action at Ross Memorial Park.
The Weirton Madonna graduate improved his career record to 27-2 after tossing seven innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. Nogay is 5-1 on the mound this spring.
"I'm humbled by the whole experience," Nogay said. "There's a lot of great pitchers on that win list. I've had the support of great teammates, like Dave Trushel, and players behind me every game. Coach Mountain has really helped me develop. My dad taught me at an early age to be mentally tough and I can't thank him enough. Most importantly, our team has a lot of goals we still want to accomplish and tonight was just another step towards that."
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Nogay breaks the former record of 26 victories held by 2007 graduate and former Presidents' All-American Sam Mann.
"I took pride in the record as I did in all our accomplishments during my four years but records are made to be broken and with the level of success W&J has had in recent years, I knew it was going to happen at some point soon," added Mann, who is an Associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York, N.Y. "I'm happy for Eddie. I got a chance to meet and talk with him a little bit and he seems like a great kid who has worked hard to get here. Having been in Coach Mountain's first recruiting class, one of our goals was to raise the profile of the program and help build something that would last after we moved on.
"Even after 7 years, a lot of us follow the season closely and keep tabs on how they are doing. It's great to see W&J as a regional power and national program and hopefully something that will continue for a long time."
Friday night's win over Geneva reduced the Presidents' magic number to clinch the PAC regular-season championship to two. W&J is looking for its fourth-straight, regular-season crown and aiming to host the league championship tournament at Ross Memorial Park for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons.