‘Cats Win in Revenge Game Over Winthrop, 12-2
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson baseball grabbed revenge Tuesday, besting border-rival Winthrop 12-2 at Wilson Field to split the two-game series this season.
The Wildcats improve to 23-13 overall, while the Eagles drop to 17-21.
Davidson continued with its trademark routine, blasting three round trippers during the contest. Senior Cam Johnson turned in a 3-for-4 day at the plate where he homered and also doubled, while junior Eric Jones went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI, and classmate Justin Lebek launched his fifth long ball of the season.
Senior Andrew Born also tallied two hits and scored twice, while sophomore Jaret LaCagnina picked up his first win of the season, tossing three innings of relief where he allowed no walks and struck out two.
Freshman Pete Bloomberg got the start, allowing just one hit across two scoreless frames. The combined efforts of junior Andrew Ashur, senior Josh Smutzer, sophomore ZJ Zabinski, and junior Austin Leonard allowed just one hit over the final 4.1 innings.
The ‘Cats broke the game open in the third, scoring four runs. Things began when sophomore Ward Coleman worked a four-pitch walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a single from junior Max Bazin, and came home on a right-side gapper from Born. Bazin scored on a sacrifice fly from senior Alec Acosta, and Born came home on Jones’ bomb over left center.
Winthrop avoid the shutout the following frame, using three singles, but Davidson regained its three-run lead after Johnson led off with a double and came home on a single up the middle from freshman Alex Mardiney.
A solo blast in the top of the fifth from Winthrop looked like it would keep things interesting, but the ‘Cats scored four times in the sixth to add cushion. Johnson led off the inning with a homer, Mardiney was hit-by-pitch, stole two bases, and came home on a wild pitch. Born singled later in the inning and sophomore Brett Centracchio walked, both coming home on a hard connection from Jones and throwing miscue from Winthrop.
Davidson added a run in the seventh after Mardiney again scored on a wild pitch, and chipped in its final two in the eighth, after Lebek crushed a two-run shot to right center.
The ‘Cats return to the road this weekend, traveling to Richmond, Va., to face Atlantic 10 foes the Spiders in a three-game set beginning Friday.