Melchiorre

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Behind right-hander Steven Melchiorre's eight innings, No. 23 Rowan defeated 25th-ranked Washington & Jefferson 9-1 on Thursday at Chain of Lakes Field.

Melchiorre (2-1) only gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out five batters. Righty Tyler Dean was the losing pitcher. He (0-1) went four innings and allowed four hits and six runs, two earned.

Rowan moved to 9-4 record while W&J fell to 4-4 overall.

Profs’ catcher Stephen Petriello contributed two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Right fielder Nick Krieger added two hits in three at-bats and scored two runs. Center fielder Eric Perez and pinch hitter Evan Hughes each chipped in with one hit and an RBI.

Third baseman Kevin McMenamin went 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored. Pinch hitter Johnny Dunn had one hit in two trips to the plate and one run scored. Shortstop Danny Lang scored one run and had an RBI. Designated hitter Casey Grimes and pinch runner Bobby Romano scored one run apiece.

For Washington and Jefferson, designated hitter Ronny Peirish was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Left fielder Derek McIlvane had one hit and one run scored. Catcher Tyler Schultz produced one hit in three at-bats.

W&J’s lone run came in the top of the first inning. Peirish had a single through the left side that scored McIlvaine. Rowan went ahead with four runs in the second. Petriello drove in Grimes with a base hit down the left field line. Lang walked with the bases loaded and McMenamin crossed the plate. Petriello and Krieger both scored on an error.

The Profs led 6-1 after two runs in the fourth inning. Krieger reached base with a single and Lang worked a walk. They came home on an error.

Rowan added three more runs in the seventh. Romano crossed the plate on Perez’s sacrifice fly. Petriello singled in Dunn and Hughes had a base hit that scored Petriello.