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Baseball Wins Series Against Fordham

by | Apr 3, 2023

Davidson’s 19th president Doug Hicks, a former Davidson baseball scholar-athlete, donned the #19 jersey to throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s game. He and his family sat behind the plate for the game against Fordham.


Sunday  — Though they won their first Atlantic 10 Conference series, the Wildcats saw their seven-game win streak come to an end Sunday, as Fordham prevented a series sweep with a 6-4 victory at Wilson Field.

With the loss, the Wildcats are now 15-11 overall and 2-1 in A-10 play. The Rams improved to 12-16 and 1-2.

Peter DeMaria’s two-run home run in the seventh put the Rams ahead 5-4, and they extended their lead in the eighth on Tommy McAndrews’ RBI-single.

Ryan Wilson’s three-run home run, his A-10 best 13th, gave the Wildcats the lead in the third inning, and after Fordham pulled even to 3-3 in the fourth, Henry Koehler’s solo home run to right put the Wildcats back on top.

Jacob Peaden started and threw the first three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four. After the Rams tied the game, AJ Pabst entered a bases-loaded, two-out jam and got the Wildcats out of it with a groundout to third to set up Koehler’s go-ahead blast. 

The Wildcats stranded two runners in the eighth and ninth innings.

Saturday — A season-best 13-run inning led to a season-high 23 runs Saturday for the Davidson baseball team in a 23-7 win over Fordham at Wilson Field.

It’s the seventh straight win for the Wildcats, who improved to 15-10 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Davidson has also won nine of its previous 10.

The 13-run fourth included six Wildcat hits, three walks, four hit batsmen and a sacrifice fly. Jacob Hinderleider’s two-RBI single started the scoring, made it 5-4 and gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Jake Wilhoit and Henry Koehler also had RBI-singles in the fourth, while Ryan Wilson cleared the bases with a three-run double. Michael O’Shaughnessy wrapped up the inning with a three-run home run to center as the Wildcats emerged with a 16-4 lead.

O’Shaughnessy’s blast was one of five the Wildcats hit Saturday. Third baseman Nick Calero led off the bottom of the first with his second bomb of the year. In the fifth, Wilhoit hit a three-run shot, his first of the year, to finish with a team-best five RBIs. Wilson, who entered the weekend as the A-10’s home run leader, hit his 12th in the fifth, and Hinderleider’s two-run blast (his fifth) in the seventh completed the scoring.

Hinderleider and Wilson drove in four runs each, while Koehler was 4-for-5.

Ryan Feczko earned the win, throwing five innings and allowing four earned runs and seven hits and striking out four. Miles Jamieson (2 IP) and Ed Hall (2 IP) guided the Wildcats from there.

Friday — A three-run fourth inning propelled the Davidson baseball team past Fordham 7-5 in the Atlantic 10 opener Friday night at Wilson Field.

Now 14-10, the Wildcats have won six straight and eight of their last nine.

First baseman Michael O’Shaughnessy drove in four runs, including two in the fourth, to lead the way.

Tied 4-4 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats strung together three consecutive hits to get the lead — singles by Tyler Douglas and Nick Calero and a go-ahead RBI-double to left by Ryan Wilson. O’Shaughnessy then plated Calero and Wilson with a single to make it 7-4.

The Wildcats also crafted a four-run second inning, with Calero singling in two runs and O’Shaughnessy driving in two with a double to left-center, making it 4-1. O’Shaughnessy, Calero, Wilson and Douglas had two hits apiece, while Jack Cotrone drew three walks.

Starter Will Schomberg tossed five innings and improved to 4-1. He allowed five hits and three earned runs and struck out four.

AJ Pabst came into a two-on, nobody-out jam in the sixth, with the Wildcats ahead by two, and retired three straight hitters, including two by strikeout, to end the threat.

Bennett Flynn pitched the final three frames without allowing a hit or run and struck out six en route to his second save.

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