Drew Davis is a fifth-year senior catcher - and three-year
captain - for Elon. Davis, a native of Salisbury, N.C., was
injured the opening weekend of the year in 2006 and missed the remainder of the
season. Prior to his injury, Davis hit .327 with three homers and 44 RBI in 2005
and .351 with six homers and 51 RBI in 2004. He spent last summer playing for
the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Summer League. Davis is taking advantage of
his fifth year to earn a degree in business administration with a concentration
in finance to go along with the accounting degree he expects to receive in May.
Feb. 13, 2007
Salvaging a Weekend
While the last few weeks have been characterized by monotony, this past week
flew by as I anticipated.
Thursday, we took a quick BP after our guys got out of class and were
scheduled to depart at 5. Needless to say we didn’t leave until 5:15 - an
ominous beginning that proved to foreshadow our play in the tournament. We
stayed on the beach at the Springmaid Resort, who also happened to be the
sponsor of the weekend’s games.
Coming off my red-shirt year, the anticipation of game day has grown
Thursday night, I slept in 30-minute shifts, frequently checking the clock to
see if I was any closer to the 7:15 wake-up call. You think in five years of
wake-up calls and continental breakfasts, I would be used to it by now.
The 7:45 team breakfast
provided me with a first, breakfast with the opposition. The breakfast was like
our play that day; bad. In fact, the next two days, we had little to cheer about
after being taken behind the woodshed by two good teams, Virginia and Coastal
Several of last year’s core players made the trip down to South Carolina
including Chad Tilley, Kevin Regan and Paul Bennett, who were instrumental in
the championship run. We are pretty close-knit group of guys at Elon, those who
play here now are connected with those who have played here before us. I felt
our play was embarrassing to not only ourselves, but those guys who traveled all
this way to see us play.
Sunday’s starter, Zach Booker, and I went out to dinner Saturday night at
Landry’s, where we finally found some good seafood. We didn’t talk about the
next day’s game too much, but we both knew the importance. Nobody likes using
the cliché, a “must win,” especially this early in the season, but Sunday’s game
against North Florida felt like one. At the very least, we needed to play better
than we had so far.
Things went from bad to worse when ‘Book’ had to leave the game early after a
line drive hit off his foot. It is never good when Jodi, our trainer, is on the
field as much as she was this weekend. Our lineup was already feeling the
effects of losing Donny Jobe, our second baseman, with a broken finger
suffered during Game 1 against Virginia.
As coaches like to say, "One man's injury is another man's opportunity." In
Sunday's finale, we called upon freshman J.D. Reichenbach. Talk about pressure,
in your first college game, your team is 0-2 and down 1-0, the bullpen is
depleted from the two games before, and you are the last line of defense for a
team that fully expected to leave the tournament with a winning record.
In the pitchers/catchers meeting Sunday morning, coach talked about how we
needed a pitcher to step up. J.D. more than stepped up, showing poise beyond his
years in delivering four shutout innings. We finally scratched across a few
runs, and the bullpen finished off a 7-1 win.
A win makes for an easier bus ride home, but I still couldn't get the bad
taste of losing 2 of 3 out of my mouth. I think I hate losing more than I like
winning. Unfortunately, we don't have any mid-week games, so I'll have to wait
all week until St. Joseph's comes to town.
Deja Vu All Over Again (2/7/07)
(photo courtesy of Elon Media Relations Office)