Wildcat Baseball Returns to Wilson Field for Weekend Series Against Patriots
NOTE: we reached out to the college to ask about attendance at the games, but did not hear back before we published the article. If we hear any news, we will update our information. Previously posted COVID protocols only allowed fans listed on the team guest list to attend games at Wilson Field.
With exams and a 12-day break between games behind them, the Davidson Wildcats return to the Wilson Field diamond Friday evening to open a four-game series with the George Mason Patriots.
The Wildcats and Patriots will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, in a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and in a 1 p.m. game Sunday. It’s the final four-game Atlantic 10 Conference series the Wildcats (22-20, 6-10 A-10) will play at home this season.
“We’re looking forward to playing an opponent this weekend,” said coach Rucker Taylor. “We’ve had some good intrasquads the last week, but it will be good to see a different uniform. We’ve seen a little extra bounce in guys as exams have finished. We’ve had some nice post-exam runs in previous years. Hopefully we can do that again.”
In their last outing, the Wildcats scored a season-high 17 runs in a 10-run win at A-10 foe Richmond May 2 to earn a series split. Seven Wildcats drove in runs, and Garrett Browder hit a grand slam to left for his first career home run. Ruben Fontes and Ryan Wilson also homered, with Fontes knocking his team-leading 12th shot of the year.
Davidson’s last home game was a 5-4 win over George Washington on April 25. An eighth-inning Trevor Candelaria sacrifice fly drove in Michael Carico for the game-winner.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Wildcats will honor their five graduates: outfielder/DH Fontes, infielder Alex Fedje-Johnson and pitchers Jake Biederman, Pete Bloomberg and Jacob Walker.
• Davidson and Dayton have hit a league-best 56 home runs. Fontes is tied for second in the A-10 home run race, followed by teammates Candelaria (11) and John Hosmer (10).
• Fedje-Johnson’s 14 doubles are tied for second-best in the league, and he’s tied for fourth with 31 walks. Wilson is second with 16 hit-by-pitches.
• On the mound, Nolan DeVos continues to lead the league with seven saves. And Gabe Levy has walked a league-low eight batters.