Davidson, N.C. (March 16, 2018) -- Mount St. Mary's University dropped the series opener at Davidson by a 9-1 final on Friday night.
Davidson (12-5) jumped out to the early lead with a five-run first inning. A two-run homer to right from Brett Centracchio got the first runs of the night on the board, and Andrew Born drove in a pair with a single through the right side later in the inning. The final run of the frame scored on a wild pitch as the Wildcats took a 5-0 lead at the end of one inning of play.
Trailing 6-0 in the top of the sixth, the Mount (3-8) got one back on an RBI single from Vaughn Parker. Myles Nicholson got the inning started with a single to left before stealing second base. After two straight outs, Parker delivered with a single to right to score Nicholson, cutting the Davidson lead to 6-1.
The Mountaineers were held off the board the rest of the way, and the Wildcats added three insurance runs to close out the 9-1 victory.
Cole Reeder got the start on the bump for the Mountaineers, but lasted just one inning. Jesse Archambault, Noah Smith and Sean Flynn combined to allow only two earned runs in seven innings of relief. Archambault was the first one out of the pen for the Mount, tossing four innings of one-run ball, while Smith struck out a pair in his two innings of work.
Myles Nicholson posted a 2-for-4 night at the dish to go along with his team-leading eighth stolen base of the season, and Vaughan Parker went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Allen Barry struck out six in 6.0 innings of work while yielding just one run to collect his third win of the season for Davidson.
Centracchio went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and three RBIs, while Jones also registered a 2-for-4 night with two RBIs.
The Mount and Davidson play the middle game of the three-game series tomorrow (March 17), with first pitch set for 2 p.m.