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.
April 11, 2007
The trip to Georgia Southern is by no means a team
favorite, and needless to say this year’s trip got off on the wrong foot.
When the bus pulled up, we realized it was not our regular bus, instead a
shorter antiquated version of the one we have become accustomed to over the
last few years. As if to add insult of injury, we did not have our traditional
driver “Big D,” who had called in sick. The thought of a six-hour bus ride to
Statesboro, Ga., could make anyone sick to their stomach.
“Big D” is legendary for his lead-foot, and if there was ever a trip when he
was needed most, it was the trip to Georgia Southern. But much like how our
season has gone thus far, you have to go with what you got.
Marvin, the new driver, didn’t make any friends the first day. We were getting
passed on the interstate as though we were driving backwards, and the six-hour
trip turned into what seemed like a seven-hour marathon.
Marvin however, turned out to be the man. He was a Phoenix fanatic in the
stands, defending us in the face of some staunch hecklers. Throughout the
first two games, he had plenty to cheer about.
Friday, we rode strong starting pitching and held on for 5-4 victory.
Saturday was the definition of a team win. We had two freshmen come off the
bench for clutch RBI, and the bullpen stepped up. With all the chaos of
substituting, coupled with our lack of depth, I found myself playing third,
and I hadn’t fielded a ground ball in over two years. But somehow we managed a
4-3 extra-inning win.
After the first two games, everything seemed to be going our way. We were
riding a six-game win streak, we had taken the first two games and it felt
like we were starting to play our best baseball of the year. But we have
struggled to complete sweeps all season, and we knew Georgia Southern would
not roll over for us.
After drawing first blood, we relinquished an early four-run lead and then a
two-run lead in the ninth, as Georgia Southern emerged victorious in another
one-run affair. Sunday’s game was certainly not short on drama; a game that
featured a coach ejection, bench warnings and nearly a bench-clearing brawl. A
bus ride is not fun after an emotionally draining loss.
As I focus on the positives, I’ve realized that we’re only one game off of
last year’s conference championship pace, and that has been without our best
hitter for two conference series. If we can continue to play better baseball,
getting stronger as the season winds down, our goals will be within reach.
We get another opportunity to knock off a ranked opponent when the No. 2 Tar
Heels come to our park. Weather permitting, the atmosphere should be electric,
and hopefully, we will give them something to cheer about.
Flying By (4/5/07)
The Injury Bug Bites Again (3/28/07)
Expect the Unexpected (3/20/07)
Baseball, Mid-Terms and Interviews (3/14/07)
Welcome to Miami (2/27/07)
Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Indians (2/20/07)
Salvaging a Weekend (2/13/07)
Deja Vu All Over Again (2/7/07)
(photo courtesy of Elon Media Relations Office)