Wildcats Baseball Wins Weekend Series Against Dayton
Sunday — A five-run inning led to an 8-3 Davidson win — and a series victory — over Dayton Sunday afternoon at Wilson Field.
Winning for the second day in a row, the Wildats improved to 21-13 overall and 7-2 in the Atlantic 10 and notched their third A-10 series win in as many weekends.
The Wildcats’ big inning came with two outs, beginning when Jake Wilhoit beat out a throw to first on a would-be, inning-ending double play and allowed Henry Koehler to score from third. Jacob Friend then tripled down the right field line, scoring Wilhoit and Landon Reeves (single), and Nick Calero followed with a two-run homer to left, making it 5-0.
Calero, who, along with Koehler had a team-best three hits, added an RBI-double in the fourth, and Ryan Wilson’s two-run bloop single made it a three-run inning and an 8-1 lead after four.
Starter Jacob Peaden (1-0) threw four innings and effectively kept the Flyers quiet, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out four.
The victory, Davidson’s 20th in 33 games, moves the Wildcats to 6-2 in league play, while the Flyers fell to 5-3 in the A-10. The teams will settle the series Sunday afternoon.
Koehler blasted a solo home run in the second inning, but it was his two-run triple to center in the third that nudged the Wildcats ahead 4-2 and for good. Jacob Hinderleider’s sacrifice fly scored Nick Calero in the fourth to make it 5-3, and it was then up to the Wildcat pitchers to keep the game in control.
AJ Pabst entered with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and earned the final two outs of the frame to keep the Wildcats ahead by a run.
Flynn came on in the seventh and recorded the final nine outs and his third save. He allowed just one hit, a ninth-inning single, and struck out three.
Starter Ryan Feczko (4-3) threw four innings and allowed one earned run and three hits and struck out one.
Koehler finished with three hits, including his fifth home run of the season, which got Davidson on the board after Dayton took an early 2-0 lead. Jack Cotrone’s RBI-groundout in the third tied it at 2-2.
Friday — Dayton scored three runs in the first inning and led throughout an 8-4 victory over Davidson in Atlantic 10 baseball Friday night at Wilson Field.
The teams now enter the second game of the series tied with 5-2 A-10 records.
Davidson, now 19-13 overall, stayed within striking distance, thanks to a two-run fourth inning. Jake Wilhoit’s third home run of the year and a Ryan Wilson RBI-double cut the Flyers’ lead to 5-3. But Dayton answered in the next half inning with a three-run home run by Carlos Castillo.
The Wildcats loaded the bases in the ninth and scored one run on a wild pitch to finalize the scoring.