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Wildcats Sweep Doubleheader, Series With Billikens

by | May 16, 2023

The Wildcats celebrating Jacob Friend’s home run in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday afternoon.


DAVIDSON — Davidson hitters belted nine home runs Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats swept an Atlantic 10 Conference twin bill and completed a three-game series sweep of Saint Louis.

The Wildcats (29-19 overall) won by 12-11 and 14-11 scores and improved to 15-5 atop the standings, while Saint Louis fell to 12-9 in league play.

Game 1
Davidson led early, fell behind with an eight-run Billikens sixth inning and then rallied with six runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 12-11 victory in the day’s first game.

Jack Cotrone was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded and two outs to drive in Nick Calero to end it. Also in the ninth, Michael O’Shaughnessy hit a two-run home run, his first of three round-trippers Saturday. Calero drove in two runs with a single, and Michael Carico’s RBI-double tied it at 11-all.

Early on, it appeared no comeback would be necessary, as the Wildcats led 6-1 through five. Tyler Douglas hit a solo home run in the fourth, and Cotrone’s two-run shot in the fifth made it 3-1 Davidson. Jacob Friend’s three-run blast extended the lead in the fifth.

But the Billikens scored eight runs on six hits and an error in the sixth and led 11-6 entering the ninth.

Nick Shedleski (1-2) recorded the final five outs and got the win.

Game 2
Michael O’Shaughnessy homered twice and drove in six runs in the second game, helping the Wildcats to the 14-11 win. The freshman first baseman also drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning when he was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded.

O’Shaughnessy hit a three-run shot in the fourth, cutting the Billikens’ lead to 6-5, and after Saint Louis pulled within a run of the Wildcats in the eighth, O’Shaughnessy blasted a two-run homer to cap the win.

Michael Carico and Ryan Wilson hit back-to-back solo home runs in the first to give the Wildcats an early edge, and Jacob Friend hit a three-run shot in the seventh, his sixth home run in the last six games.

Isaac Fix (3-2) took over for starter Jacob Peaden in the fourth and threw four innings, allowing three hits and three earned runs and striking out four in the win.

Wilson reached base multiple times in each game Saturday and extended his reached-base streak to 48 games.

Up Next
The Wildcats close the A-10 portion of the schedule with three games at Richmond next weekend.

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