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Baseball Sweeps Norfolk State in Weekend Series

by | Mar 13, 2022

Trevor Candelaria (#33) gets the entire team fired UP after one of his home runs during the series with Norfolk State.

 

DAVIDSON — Trevor Candelaria’s third career grand slam highlighted a nine-run eighth inning Saturday and helped the Davidson baseball team wrap up its second series sweep of the season.

The 12-1 win over Norfolk State followed Friday’s 16-0 and 12-3 victories and delivered the Wildcats’ third series win of the year, following Lehigh and Bryant. The Wildcats, now 12-3, also swept Bryant.

Coach Rucker Taylor saw good things across the board for Davidson, starting on the mound.

“Our starters threw very well in some not great conditions for baseball,” he said. “We talked about attacking this weekend, and it felt like our guys did that, both the starters and guys coming out of the pen.”

At the plate, 40 runs in three games were made possible, in part, by 40 walks, including 12 Saturday.  

“With the weather the last two days, we talked about winning ugly and taking advantage of opportunities,” said Taylor. “NSU had a couple of guys with excellent numbers. The guys did a great job of not giving in and making outs be earned.”

Saturday’s finale was tight until the eighth, when the Wildcats turned a 3-1 lead into a rout.  Ryan Wilson (sac fly), Jacob Hinderleider (single) and Henry Koehler (single) drove in runs before Parker Nolan plated two with a high-hit double into the wind at short that fell between three defenders. Joe Haney’s single off the umpire behind the mound loaded the bases before Candelaria went deep to right center for his third shot of the year.

Candelaria hit two grand slams as a freshman, including his first career home run.

Lefty Ryan Feczko improved to 4-0 by throwing six innings and striking out nine, while allowing five hits and one run. From there, Ryan Kutz, Alex Fenton and Jacob Peaden threw an inning apiece, combining for seven strikeouts and allowing just two hits.

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The Wildcats will host William & Mary Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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