Wildcats Split Doubleheader, Win Series at Rhode Island
KINGSTON, R.I. — The Davidson baseball team split a doubleheader at Rhode Island Saturday to wrap up its fourth Atlantic 10 Conference series win in as many weekends.
With an 8-6 loss and a 15-9 win Saturday (following a 7-2 win Friday), the Wildcats exit the weekend 23-15 overall and 9-3 in A-10 play. Rhode Island (17-19) fell to 7-5 in the league.
O’Shaughnessy’s two-run blast in the sixth gave the Wildcats a 3-2 edge, but the Rams answered with four homers in the bottom of the inning. The Wildcats climbed to within striking distance with three runs in the eighth off an O’Shaughnessy RBI-single, an Anthony Torreso sacrifice fly and a Ryan Wilson fielder’s choice. And Davidson threatened in the ninth with singles by Henry Koehler and O’Shaughnessy, getting the tying run on base, but the Rams closed it out.
Cotrone’s solo home run, his 10th, came in the fourth, with the Wildcats trailing 2-0.
Ryan Feczko (4-4) ran into trouble in the sixth when the Rams scored five runs on five hits.
Davidson scored six runs on five hits and an error in the top of the first inning and led from there in a 15-9 win.
After the early scoring, Jake Wilhoit, Henry Koehler and Tyler Douglas homered to help keep the Wildcats in front, with Douglas’ solo shot in the ninth finalizing the scoring. Wilhoit hit a two-run blast in the fifth, and Koehler’s solo shot came in the seventh, pushing the lead to 11-7.
Also in the first, runs came in when Koehler was hit and O’Shaughnessy walked with the bases loaded. Cotrone singled in a run, and Calero’s sacrifice fly made it 6-0. Calero (double) and Hinderleider (single) drove in runs in the fifth, and three more runs came around in the eighth when Hinderleider singled and Koehler hit a sacrifice fly.
Starter Jacob Peaden threw 2.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out three, before handing the ball to the bullpen.
The Wildcats will host Wofford Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.