Wildcats Defeat Wake Forest 3-1
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson pitching staff had a combined no-hitter against fellow 2017 Super Regional team Wake Forest until the eighth inning Tuesday at Wilson Field, defeating the Demon Deacons 3-1. The staff was led by senior Connor Gordon‘s six frames, where he tallied four strikeouts and allowed just one walk.
Tuesday’s victory marked the first win for the Wildcats over Wake Forest since 2014.
Gordon faced just one batter over the minimum, working three-up, three-down frames for the first five consecutive innings. He now improves to 1-1 on the year. Junior Austin Leonard tallied his first save of the season with a strikeout.
In a matchup between the only two Super Regional squads from the Carolinas, the ‘Cats were held to just four hits, but took the lead right away after senior leadoff hitter Cam Johnson launched a homer two pitches into the first.
Davidson added a second run the following frame, after sophomore Matt Frey registered a pinch-hit single hit sharply into right field. He moved to third after walks to both Max Bazin and Brett Centracchio. Frey then scored after junior Eric Jones was hit-by-pitch.
The narrow lead remained until the bottom of the sixth, when Johnson added insurance courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Jones. A solo shot in the top of the eighth inning from freshman slugger Shane Muntz spoiled the no-hit bid.
The Wildcats presented plenty of chances, leaving the bases loaded in three separate innings.
The ‘Cats return to action Friday, Feb. 23, hosting longtime foe Georgetown in a three-game stint.