O'Linger Pitches No. 6 Davidson Past Third-Seeded St. Bonaventure
The Wildcat senior, who was also a part of a Davidson run to the championship final last year, went 8.1 innings, issued three strikeouts to claim his seventh win of the season (7-3). The ‘Cats (28-23) advance to Thursday's second round where they will face the winner of No. 2 Rhode Island and No. 7 George Mason at 10:00 am. The Bonnies (26-21) will play again in the consolation bracket.
Davidson opened with a run in the top of the first when Eric Jones drew a bases-loaded walk, but Bona got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a lead-off home run by Ryan MacCarrick. Alex Acosta gave the lead back to the Wildcats with an RBI single to center that drove in Cam Johnson.
Acosta hit his second career home run, his first of the season, to add to the Davidson lead in the fifth. Acosta led the ‘Cats at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, while Jones also had a pair of hits. Acosta drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth that scored Brett Centracchio. Which was followed by an RBI single by Johnson that pushed Jake Sidwell home.
MacCarrick , who went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, hit an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Taishi Terashima, pulling the Bonnies back within three. SBU tried to rally in the ninth too, but left a runner stranded to end the game.
Westin Whitmire picked up the save, throwing 2/3 of an inning without allowing a baserunner, shutting down the potential Bonnies' rally. It was his 11th save of the season, which tied the Davidson single-season saves record.
Aaron Phillips (9-2) took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits. He issued nine strikeouts, but also walked six batters.