By Jim Hunter
Despite a gutsy performance from starting pitcher Kyle Davis, Allegheny College dropped a 6-3 decision to Wabash Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Crossover series at Robertson Field.
The second game was suspended in the fourth inning due to inclement weather with the Gators leading 2-0. It will resume today at 11 a.m., followed by the third game, if necessary, at 1 p.m.
The winner of the best-of-three series will get a bid into the NCAC tournament beginning Thursday at Chillicothe, Ohio.
One bad inning put the Gators in a must-win situation. In the opening game, Wabash struck for five runs off Davis in the second inning.
David Oliger and Clint Scarborough delivered two-run singles.
Davis — who threw a total of 175 pitches — then settled down and only allowed one more run in 81⁄3 innings of work. He scattered 10 hits, while striking out seven and walking five.
In his effort, Davis also became Allegehny’s all-time leader in innings pitched with 2461⁄3.
Offensively, freshman Jacob Shick belted a run-scoring double in the third inning and junior Ben Murray lined a RBI single in the fourth.
Former Conneaut Lake standout Adam Bronson was Allegheny’s only multi-hit performer with a two-for-four effort.
In the second game, the Gators struck early with two runs in the first inning. The red-hot Bronson and Zach Gray delivered run-scoring singles.
Mother Nature then struck.
After a 45-minute delay, the game resumed in the fourth inning, but only managed to get two Wabash batters to the plate as the second wave of showers surfaced.
After an approximately 30-minute delay, the game was suspended.
AC’s starting pitcher Steven Ramsdell only allowed one hit in four innings of work.