Nogay earns PAC honors

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its 2013 All-PAC baseball teams, as voted on by each of the league’s nine head coaches.

Thiel College senior first baseman/pitcher Nick Rossmiller was selected as the Player of the Year while Washington & Jefferson College junior Eddie Nogay was selected as the Pitcher of the Year. Rossmiller and Nogay also earned spots on the All-PAC First Team.

Washington & Jefferson’s Jeff Mountain was named the Coach of the Year.

W&J (30-11), winners of last weekend’s PAC championship, received the conference’s automatic qualifying spot in the Division III tournament, while Thomas More (29-14), runner-up in last weekend’s championship tourney, received a Pool C bid.

W&J and Thomas More traveled to the Mideast Regional, which is being hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., and begin play today.

Games will be played at RHIT’s Art Nehf Field.

Nogay is the second-straight W&J player to win the Pitcher of the Year award, following David Trushel in 2012. He improved to 10-1 this year after leading W&J to a 14-3 victory over St. Vincent College in the opening round of the PAC tournament. He became the first President in history to earn a double-figure victory total in a single season.

Nogay tossed seven innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out three in the win. He carries a 20-1 career record into this week’s tournament. Nogay was a second-team selection in 2012 and an honorable mention pick in 2011.

He has appeared in 13 games, starting 11. Nogay has gone the distance four times in recording 73 innings pitched. He has struck out 60 and walked 17.

Nogay’s ERA is 3.07 with opponent’s batting .234 against him.

The all-conference selection is the first of Rossmiller’s career. He is the first Thiel player to be voted the league’s player of the year since Randy Chiquelin in 2002. Rossmiller finished the season tops in the PAC in batting average (.436) and was second in both slugging percentage (.636) and on-base percentage (.475). He was also one of the league’s top pitchers throughout the season, finishing the year 7-4 with a 2.90 earned-run average in 13 starts. He led the league in starts and innings pitched (90.0), was fourth in strikeouts (53) and fifth in earned-run average.

Rossmiller tossed the first perfect game in Thiel history on March 15 in a 14-0 win over visiting Hiram College.

The coach of the year honor is Mountain’s fifth since taking over at W&J in 2003. The Presidents are making their fourth national tournament appearance under him. The 11th year head coach posted his 300th career victory with W&J’s win over Thomas More last Saturday.