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‘Cats Hit Four Home Runs to Beat NC A&T

by | May 6, 2019 | Sports

Matt Frey watched this one sail over the right field fence with plenty of room to spare.


Davidson hit four home runs — including two in the decisive seventh inning — and held N.C. A&T scoreless in its last three at-bats to earn a 12-10 non-conference win at Wilson Field Wednesday night.

Jaret Lacagnina pitched 3 innings in the ‘Cats win over NC A&T.

The victory is the Wildcats’ third in the last four outings and closed out the home portion of the 2019 schedule.

Davidson improved to 22-18.

Two home runs flew off the bat of second baseman Matt Frey, who had never before hit two round-trippers in a game.

“Not even in Little League,” he said.

But the junior led off the first inning with a shot to right. Then his second homer, also to right, proved to be the game-winner. The seventh-inning blast was his seventh of the season.

“I’m just trying to hit strikes hard,” said Frey, who also had a two-RBI single in the second. “I’m just trying to hit strikes.”

Frey’s home run came two batters after Ruben Fontes hit his Atlantic 10 Conference-best 11th home run of the year to tie the game at 10-10. The Aggies (23-20) had just taken a 10-9 lead with a six-run sixth.

Alex Mardiney rounding second after hitting one of the ‘Cats 4 homers in the game.

The Wildcats then extended their lead to 12-10 on an RBI-single by Justin Lebek in the eighth, and Gabe Levy earned his seventh save by pitching a scoreless ninth, which followed the scoreless innings of Pete Bloomberg and Dan Spear, respectively.

Alex Mardiney hit his fifth home run as part of a three-run third inning that also included an RBI-sacrifice bunt by Zach Nussbaum and an RBI-double from Fontes.

Brett Centracchio, who hit three doubles, drove in a run with one in the fourth before a sac fly from Lebek and a double from Nussbaum also plated runs.

Eric Jones had two hits to take his team-best average to .357, and the multi-hit game is his 20th.

Davidson also hit four home runs against Towson (Feb. 15), La Salle (March 24) and Rhode Island (April 14). Fontes is the only other Wildcat with a two-homer game this year. He did it March 24.

The win completes the season sweep of the Aggies. Davidson won 8-0 in Greensboro on Feb. 26.

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