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Baseball Earns Series Win Despite Saturday’s Loss

by | Mar 30, 2024

The Wildcats didn’t win Saturday’s game, but they still had several iconic home run celebrations.


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DAVIDSON — The Davidson baseball team will settle for a series victory over Saint Joseph’s, as the visiting Hawks won Saturday’s season finale 15-8 at Wilson Field.

The Wildcats exit the weekend 13-14 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Hawks improved to 10-15 and 1-2.

Jacob Friend, Michael O’Shaughnessy and Nick Calero homered for the Wildcats, who were tasked with overcoming a 5-0 deficit.

Friend and O’Shaughnessy homered for the second time in the series, and both did it in the third inning. Friend hit a three-run shot, his fourth of the year, and O’Shaughnessy’s solo blast two batters later was his team-leading seventh.

Calero’s two-run homer in the seventh, his first of the season, cut the Hawks’ lead to 10-8, though Davidson inched no closer.

Aidan Rice (sacrifice fly) and Tyler Douglas (RBI-single) drove in runs in the fourth and fifth, respectively. Cider Canon went 2-for-5 and was the only Wildcat with multiple hits.

Starter Ryan Feczko threw 2.2 innings before handing the ball to the bullpen.

Saturday was the Wildcats’ seventh home game in eight days.

FRIDAY GAME SUMMARYCooper Cavanaugh tossed a gem and three Davidson Wildcats homered in a 14-3 win over Atlantic 10 foe Saint Joseph’s Friday afternoon at Wilson Field.

With their sixth win in the last seven contests, the Wildcats improved to 13-13 overall and 2-0 in the A-10 and clinched at least their third series victory of the season.

The Wildcats took the lead with a three-run sixth, then added four runs in the seventh and put the game away with six runs in the eighth.

Jack Cotrone went 4-for-5 with a solo home run in the eighth, and his two-RBI single in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Wildcats the lead for good.

Michael O’Shaughnessy was 3-for-4 with six RBIs, including a grand slam to make it 12-2 in the eighth. He also had an RBI-double in the first and an RBI-single in the seventh.

Eli Putnam, whose walk-off single delivered Friday’s 9-8 series-opening win, was 3-for-5, and his two-run home run to left extended the lead to 6-2 in the seventh. Putnam and O’Shaughnessy now lead the team with six home runs apiece.

Nick Calero drove in runs on sacrifice flies in the sixth and eighth, while Cider Canon had two hits, Jake Wilhoit tripled and Jacob Friend walked three times.

Cavanaugh, meanwhile, kept the Hawks at bay while earning his first win. He tossed six innings, allowed four hits and two earned runs, walked three and struck out four.

Isaac Fix took it the rest of way to get his first save, navigating the final three frames while allowing three hits and one run, walking one and striking out four.

THURSDAY GAME SUMMARYEli Putnam’s ninth-inning walk-off single to the left field wall lifted Davidson past Saint Joseph’s 9-8 in the teams’ Atlantic 10 opener Thursday night at Wilson Field.

Putnam came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded, and his deep drive to left allowed Aidan Rice to come in from third, setting off a wild celebration as Putnam ran past first and into right field.

Rice had reached on a single and was then joined on base by Noah Jouras (hit-by-pitch) and Jacob Friend (walk).

Friend got Davidson (12-13) on the board with a solo home run in the third, walked in a run in the fourth and he stole home as part of a double steal in the eighth. Davidson had a four-run fourth, also including a Jack Cotrone RBI-single and a two-RBI Putnam single.

Nick Calero’s RBI-sacrifice fly pushed Davidson ahead 6-5 in the seventh, and Cider Canon’s bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

Saint Joseph’s rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth, tying the game at 8-8.

Starter Wilson Perkins threw 6.2 innings, allowed six hits and four earned runs and struck out seven.

Jason Ban came on in the top of the ninth, with the go-ahead run on base, and got the final two outs, while earning his first win.

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