‘Cats Baseball Powers Past SLU
Justin Lebek homered for the third straight game, Brett Centracchio added a homer and three more hits and the Davidson baseball team beat preseason Atlantic 10 favorite Saint Louis 10-6 Saturday at Wilson Field.
It’s the second win in as many days for the Wildcats against the Billikens, who swept the A-10 regular season and tournament titles a year ago, and entering Sunday’s series finale, the Wildcats have already locked up their fourth A-10 series win of the season, though they’d prefer to notch their second A-10 sweep (also La Salle) as well.
The Wildcats (21-17, 10-4 A-10) entered Saturday on top of the A-10 standings, and the win took their league winning percentage to .714. VCU is second at 12-5 (.706).
“We’ve known for a while this is where we should be,” said Lebek.
Lebek bookended the Wildcats’ offense Saturday. He drove in the first run with an RBI-triple in the first. His solo home run in the eighth — No. 9 on the year — made it 9-5 before the Wildcats added an insurance run on a double play.
Centracchio continued his recent surge, delivering a two-RBI double in the third, a solo home run to right in the fifth and an RBI-single to jumpstart a three-run sixth. He finished with a career-best four hits (4-for-5) and is 7-for-11 (.636) in the series.
“The more people you have in the middle of the lineup hitting the ball, the better the offense is going to be,” said Lebek.
Allen Barry tossed six innings in the win, scattering seven hits and allowing three earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two.
Dan Spear pitched the final three innings to earn his third save.
Saint Louis (17-23) fell to 6-8 in the A-10.
The game was also billed as “Bark in the Park” with free Wildcat travel water bowls for the first 100 dogs at the game.