WILLIAMSTON, NC- The Senators baseball team traveled south once again in hopes of good weather, good baseball, and wins.
Although weather did hamper some contests, the Senators games went on as scheduled with the only issue being strong, gusty winds.
On Day One, D&E took on a familiar foe in WVIAC opponent Fairmont State. Although it was not a conference contest, the game had a feel of tournament play as both teams scratched and clawed throughout the nine inning affair. The Senators came out on top 10-8 for their first win of the season.
Junior SS Matt Barr led the offensive threat by going 3-for-4 with a double, an inside the park homerun, and four RBI's. Junior 1B Treavor Dubiel was 1-for-2 with a HR and two RBI's. Junior OF Kyle Crist added two hits including a double and a run batted in.
Senior LHP Zach McElroy, making his third start of the season, tossed five innings giving up seven hits, seven runs, three earned runs, walking one and striking out six. McElroy gave way to RHP Colby Fisher who went two solid innings giving up three hits, one run, and striking out one. RHP John Commins (1-0) pitched the final two innings to earn the victory while not allowing a runner on base and striking out two.
Day Two was another conference opponent in a non-conference match-up, Seton Hill. Junior RHP Tripp Staley took the mound against the Griffins hoping to build on the Senators first win of the season. Although Staley threw well it wasn't enough as Seton Hill posted a 11-6 victory to drop Staley to 0-2 on the season. The Senators defense committed six errors early leading to seven Griffin unearned runs.
Day Three had a cold and windy 10am start against #6 LeMoyne University out of New York. Junior RHP Josh Kehr delivered a very solid pitching performance going 7 2/3 innings giving up six hits, three runs, walking one and striking out six. Through the first seven innings, Kehr had yielded only three hits to the Dolphin hitters while stirking out six.
In the seventh though the Dolphins bats put together timely hitting to score three runs, enough to steal the victory in a masterful pitchers dual.
The Senators bats couldn't find the timely hitting needed to support Kehr. Managing just five hits, D&E batters struckout 17 times while walking just once. Senior OF Brenton Kopecek was the only Senator to manage more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double on the day.
The final score was Lemoyne-4 and Davis & Elkins-3.
Davis & Elkins (1-7) will have a full week of practice before leaving on their annual spring break trip to North Carolina. The Senators are hoping for some better fortunes in March as they head toward WVIAC conference play.