Siena Baseball combined for 16 runs and 27 hits to earn a series-opening doubleheader split at Davidson. The Wildcats won an 11-8 slugfest in the opener, while the Saints scored seven unanswered runs to take the nightcap 8-4.
Junior first baseman Joe Drpich recorded five hits and drove in four runs, while classmate Jordan Bishop reached base safely six times while adding four hits in the doubleheader. Siena (3-10) has now scored eight runs more in four of its past five games, while totaling 55 hits in a series victory at Murray State coupled with a series-opening split at Davidson (9-5).
Game One: Davidson 11, Siena 8
Davidson scored the first five runs, and added four key insurance scores in the home half of the eighth to hold off Siena in the series opener. Six Wildcats recorded multiple-hit performances including three which tallied three hits as part of a 17-hit Davidson barrage.
The Saints recorded 12 hits of their own, as four players recorded multi-hit efforts. Bishop led the way with three hits, while Drpich, junior captain Phil Madonna, and sophomore second baseman Matt Hamel each added two hits apiece.
Brian Fortier staked the Wildcats to an early advantage with a three-run homerun in third, and Alec Acosta contributed a two-run single in the fourth for a 5-0 lead. Siena rallied within 7-6 capped by a three-run eighth, but Davidson responded with four runs of their own in the home half of the inning to pull away.
Durin O'Linger scattered seven hits over seven effective innings in which he allowed just three runs while striking out five without a walk to earn the win for the Wildcats.
Game Two: Siena 8, Davidson 4
Siena pounded out a season-high 15 hits and put 20 runners on base to capture the nightcap. No. 3 and No. 4 hitters Drpich and freshman designated hitter Alex Brickman each went 3-for-6 with three RBI.
Davidson scored three, two-out runs in the first and jumped out to a 4-1 advantage through the first two innings. The Wildcats maintained a 4-2 lead into the sixth, but Drpich produced an RBI groundout and Brickman followed with a clutch two-out, two-run single to put Siena on top.
The Saints added single insurance runs in each of the following three innings -- including a solo home run by Brickman -- to secure the win. Senior centerfielder Dan Swain added three hits and scored twice out of the leadoff spot for Siena.
Freshman hurler Brendan White settled down following a tough start, as he retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced to pick up his first collegiate victory. Sophomore Dylan D'Anna followed with four, one-hit shutout frames to record the save. The duo of White and D'Anna limited Davidson to just one hit over the final seven innings.
The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.