Davidson Wildcats baseball squeaks past Duke Blue Devils 3-2

News ServicesMarch 26, 2014 

— Five relievers held Duke to one hit over the final seven innings, as Davidson defeated the Blue Devils 3-2 in nonconference baseball action Tuesday night at Wilson Field.

Davidson (14-7) has won 11 out of its past 12 games and is 2-4 against ACC opponents this season.

Sophomore right-hander Durin O’Linger (1-0) earned his first win, yielding just one walk in 2 1/3 innings while striking out three after entering in the third inning. Right-hander Michael Goldberg pitched the ninth inning and overcame a leadoff walk and an error on what would have been the game-ending play to earn the save.

The bottom of Davidson’s lineup drove in all three runs, with Ty Middlebrooks (1-for-3) driving in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning with a single. Ben Arkin (2-for-4) had singled with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored on Middlebrooks’ single.

The Wildcats also extended their longest hitting and on-base streaks. Ryan Lowe went 2-for-4 with a double and has reached base in all 21 games this season.

Charlotte 11, Winthrop 2: Charlotte exploded for five runs in the fourth inning to break open a close game en route to a nonconference victory at Winthrop.

The 49ers picked up their first road victory to improve to 4-16-1, and the Eagles fall to 11-14.

Winthrop right-hander Jason Driver was breezing along with a perfect game for three innings before he ran into trouble. In the fourth, the 49ers scored five runs on five hits, including a two-RBI triple by Logan Sherer that scored the third and fourth runs of the inning. Sherer then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Elwood.

Winthrop scored its runs in the fifth inning off of Charlotte starter Corbin Shive. Michael Patrick led off with a single and moved around to third on an attempted double-play throwing error by shortstop Mikal Hill to put runners at second and third. Leighton Daniels then drove the two runners home with a double. The Eagles never threatened afterward and were held hitless over the final four innings. Winthrop had one base runner in those final four innings and that came when Babe Thomas was hit by a pitch.

The Citadel 12, Coastal Carolina 4: Visiting Coastal Carolina raced to an early lead, but The Citadel responded with six runs in the bottom of the first to beat the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina will travel to Columbia to face No. 2 South Carolina at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas.

Coastal Carolina (10-14) jumped to a 2-0 lead in first when leadoff batter Michael Paez singled, Zach Remillard walked and Kyle Jackson walked to load the bases. Tyler Chadwick lined a single to drive in Paez and Remillard.

The Citadel (11-14) then sent 10 men to the plate and scored six in the home half of the inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two singles and a walk before Tyler Griffin delivered a two-run single. Connor Walsh followed with an RBI and, after a sacrifice bunt, Jonathan Stokes hit a two-run double for a 6-2 lead.

Ross White (1-0) was credited with the win, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Cole Schaeffer (3-3) suffered the loss.

Furman 9, Presbyterian 3: Presbyterian (10-15-1) dropped its only midweek game, falling on the road at Furman (10-15).

Four Blue Hose players posted a hit and Cam McRae and Jacob Midkiff ( each posted an RBI. Trey Hayes (0-2) took the loss.

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers’ game at High Point was canceled because of inclement weather. The game will not be made up. Appalachian State will return to action Wednesday when it will host East Tennessee State at 4 p.m.

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