SPORTS

Wildcat Baseball Sweeps LaSalle in A10 Conference Play

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Sports

The Wildcat outfielders celebrate the win and sweep over LaSalle.

 

Davidson responded every time it needed to Sunday — most notably with the game tied in the sixth inning — and completed a series sweep over Atlantic 10 Conference foe La Salle with a 16-8 win at Wilson Field.

The Wildcats got three quick outs on LaSalle at the top of the ninth, and the final score of the 3rd game of the series was 16-8.

The victory is the seventh straight for the Wildcats, who are now 13-6 and 3-0 in league play.

“We’ve been on a roll recently, and I think we’re starting to figure out what kind of team we are, our strengths,” said Ruben Fontes.

The Wildcats’ designated hitter proved again Sunday, after homering once Saturday, that he’s one of those strengths. Fontes hit two home runs in the series finale to take his season total to eight, which leads the A-10.

His first homer Sunday, a two-run blast down the right field line in the fourth, gave the Wildcats an 8-3 lead. After La Salle (12-11, 0-3) tied the game in the sixth, Fontes singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning, helping the Wildcats score four runs in the frame. His solo home run in the seventh, which finalized the scoring, came right after Matt Frey’s two-run shot to left and hit the flag pole in right center.  

“It’s just looking for the pitches I know I hit well,” said Fontes.

Max Bazin makes the play to first for the final out.

Davidson hit four home runs on the day. Justin Lebek hit a three-run shot, his second this season, in the decisive sixth, and Frey’s shot to left center in the seventh was his first of the season.

“I figured (La Salle’s Chuck Kelley) was going to throw me a strike with a full count,” said Frey. “I looked for something up, and wanted to just put it into play since we had a guy on third. I was fortunate to run into one.”

In all, six Wildcats drove in runs Sunday, led by Fontes and Lebek, who drove in four each.

Pete Bloomberg came on in relief in the sixth, worked out of a jam and earned his first win of the season.  Gabe Levy was efficient — and perfect — while earning his fourth save. He cruised through the final three innings on 23 pitches.

The sweep is the Wildcats’ third of the year and second straight, including last weekend’s sweep of North Alabama. Davidson opened the season with three straight wins over Towson.

“It felt good to come out and play pretty clean baseball all weekend and take care of business,” said Frey. 

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