Wildcats Sweep Doubleheader Vs. William & Mary
DAVIDSON — Ryan Wilson had two of the four Wildcat home runs, and the Davidson baseball team swept a rare midweek afternoon doubleheader Tuesday, posting 11-4 and 3-1 wins over William & Mary.
The Wildcats, now 14-3, have won their last six games, and are off to the best start in the modern era of the program.
“We played well today throughout,” said coach Rucker Taylor. “The pitching was consistent, and we limited free bases collectively with strikes and defense. Offensively, a couple of big innings were nice in Game 1, and then in Game 2, we responded well late. I thought the guys did a nice job of staying focused and played each pitch.”
Wilson drove in four runs in the first three innings, helping the Wildcats build a 7-0 lead in an 11-4 win.
Wilson hit a two-run homer in the first, then a two-run double as part of a five-run third to lead the way. Singles by Parker Nolan, Jake Wilhoit and John Hosmer rounded out the third, and round-trippers by Jacob Hinderleider and Michael Carico in the fourth and fifth, respectively, helped the Wildcats extend their lead.
Alex Fenton (3 IP, 2 hits, 3 ER, 1 K), Will Schomberg (3 IP, 1 hit, 1 ER, 2 Ks) and Jacob Peaden (1 IP) did the job on the mound.
Nolan scored on a passed ball, and Wilhoit had an RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth to help the Wildcats break a 1-1 tie and win 3-1.
Nolan, Wilson and Hinderleider drew walks in the inning, and the Wildcats also benefited from a Tribe error. After Nolan scored, Wilhoit, who was 3-for-3, drove in Wilson with a liner to left.
Wilson led off the fourth with his fourth homer of the year — he and Carico are now tied for the team lead — to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead they held until William & Mary’s Matt Thomas homered to start the sixth.
On the mound, Nick Shedleski (2.1 IP, 2 hits), Bennett Flynn (2.2 IP, 1 hit, 3 Ks) and Gabe Levy (2.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 K) combined for the winning effort.
The Wildcats will welcome Lafayette to town Friday for a three-game set.