SPORTS

Final Wildcat Baseball Homestand

by | May 15, 2018 | Sports

Coach Dick Cooke in the Wildcats dugout. The ‘Cats recently gave Cooke his 600th career win.

 

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson wraps up the 2018 regular season later this week, welcoming league foes Dayton for a three-game set, before heading to Washington, D.C. for the Atlantic 10 Championships.

The 3-game series begins on Thursday, concluding on Saturday to avoid conflicts with the college commencement.

Davidson baseball delivered another come-from-behind victory last Wednesday in their Wilson Field midweek finale, pushing past Presbyterian 8-4. The victory marked Head Coach Dick Cooke‘s 600thcareer win.

The Wildcats improve to 32-16 on the season, while Presby dropped to 13-35.

Davidson had a staff day on the mound, topped off with junior Casey Sutherland‘s four-inning, three-strikeout save, his sixth of the season.

Senior Alec Acosta and junior Justin Lebek continued with hot bats at the plate, each posting two hits with a double, scoring, and driving in three. Senior Andrew Born was walked three times, scoring twice.

After walks to Born, Acosta, and junior Eric Jones loaded the bases for the ‘Cats in the first, Lebek was hit-by-pitch to bring in Born and give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead, despite not registering a hit.

Presbyterian found success in the fourth, cranking back-to-back doubles and a pair of long singles and capitalizing on a Wildcat error to plate four runs and take the lead.

Davidson responded in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs all with two outs. Born was again walked, then advanced to third on a long single down the right field line from classmate Cam Johnson. Both came home on a double from Acosta, and then back-to-back walks to Jones and sophomore Brett Centracchio loaded the bases once again. Acosta and Jones each scored on Lebek’s double, and then Centracchio came home on a balk from the Presby pitcher.

The ‘Cats added cushion the following frame, after sophomore Ward Coleman singled then scored on a single shot back up the middle from Acosta.

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