Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Preview: Davidson

You've probably heard about Davidson. Tiny School. North Carolina. Stephen Curry. Yadda Yadda. Well, outside of Basketball, the winnings have been slim for the Davidson athletic programs.

The Diamond Wildcats will take the six hour drive down I-85 to face Auburn tonight at 6:00pm.

Paul Burnside (who's Sunday start was pushed back thanks to God's snowy wrath) takes the hill tonight. Dexter Price looks to improve on his outstanding debut from last week, on Wednesday.

So let's get down to it. Here's your five-point preview of Davidson

History

Not much to say. The Wildcats have been playing baseball since 1902 and haven't exactly been thrilling the masses. They have an all time winning percentage of .390 and Coach Dick Cooke, in his 18th year of coaching, is 385-597-1 (yes, a rare tie in baseball).

Last year's team went 12-38, only won 4 SoCon games, and only 2 road games.

Auburn is 11-0 all time against Davidson. Including two wins last year when Auburn won 10-2 and then 8-7 in a pair of midweek games.

CJP is 19-9 vs Davidson. A former SoCon foe.

This Year

The Wildcats come in 4-2 with the last two games against Cincinnati being called due to weather.

They haven't really had much of a challenge. Facing schools like Army, Lafayette, and Ohio to get solid tune-ups before coming into town.

The Hitters

Really three hitting threats to speak of. However, seeing how they haven't been playing the toughest of schedules, this could be skewed a bit.

There's Super Utility Senior Matt Webb coming off being named SoCon Student-Athlete of the week.

"On the diamond, Webb batted .444 in five games, hitting two doubles and driving in two RBIs while scoring seven runs. Webb has also been perfect on the base paths, going 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
Webb also pitched a hitless ninth inning, retiring the only three batters he faced in the 'Cats' 12-5 win over Lafayette Saturday."

Currently he's hitting .455. So yeah, he's a little good.

There's also Chase Fitzpatrick (.550/3 HR) and Zach Kayne (.444/3 HR). Both Seniors. Both having solid starts.

The Pitchers

Bit of an unknown here. Davidson hasn't listed the starters and since they've had a good weekend rest, they might just keep the starting rotation resting since the open up SoCon play against Furman this Friday.

Auburn Notes

-Auburn is looking to win back to back games for the first time this year.

-Auburn leads the SEC in HRs, but it close to the bottom in stolen bases.

-Trent Mummey and Joe Sanders are having monster years.

-Mums is current leading the SEC with 16 runs. He's on pace for 126 runs this year, which would break Gabe Gross's single season record of 83 (in 2000)

-Sanders is on a 5 game hitting streak and 3 game HR streak

-The Auburn pitching staff has an ERA of 7.34. Only UT is worse (7.98). Thankfully we open up the SEC with them Next weekend.

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