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Davidson Takes Thursday Baseball Twinbill

Davidson Takes Thursday Baseball Twinbill

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A dominating day at the plate sent Davidson to a doubleheader sweep over the St. Bonaventure baseball team on the penultimate day of the 2019 season Thursday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.

Davidson smacked five home runs on the day, adding to its Atlantic 10 season-best total of 60. 

GAME 1 – Davidson 15, St. Bonaventure 3 | Box Score (PDF)

Timely hitting and a nine-run ninth inning gave Davidson the lead, then allowed the Wildcats to blow it open late.

St. Bonaventure starter Braydon Nelson was a pitch away from getting out of trouble in the first before Justin Lebek drove a triple to the fence in right center to plate two.

From there, the Bonnies were playing catch up the rest of the way.

Davidson took a 6-0 lead into the seventh, but run-scoring hits from Sam Fuller, Tyler Kelder and Ryan O'Connor made it a 6-3 game going into the ninth.

The Wildcats put the game away by sending 17 men to the plate, scoring nine times in the final inning.

Fuller, Kelder and Matthew Williams all had two hits apiece.

GAME 2 – Davidson 10, St. Bonaventure 1 | Box Score (PDF)

The Bonnies struck first as Matthew Williams plated a run with a hit to right.

That lead lasted until the second inning when Ruben Fontes hugged the right field line, just keeping it fair for a two-run homer.

It was the first of four homers from the Wildcats in the game as Matt Frey, Brett Centracchio and Justin Lebek joined Fontes in the long ball parade. 

Three runs crossed the plate in the third for a 5-1 lead and the Wildcats added a run each in the fourth and fifth innings and never looked back. 

Murphy O'Brien pitched well in relief (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K) and Jeff Palczewski finished with two hits.

The Bonnies wrap up the season with Senior Day on Friday with first pitch scheduled for noon.

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