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 25, 2007
It all started two
weeks ago. I set my alarm for 6:45 for the impending tarp duty the next morning.
Little did I know the horror that awaited.
I woke up sick at 4
in the morning and spent the next eight hours hugged up to the toilet. Some guys
on the team had contracted a virus that had seemingly spread over the last few
weeks, so I guess it was my turn.
If it was in my
body, it was coming out; so with no end in sight, I decided it was time to go to
the hospital. My teammate, KP (who also doubles as editor-in-chief for the
journal) thankfully was available to take me to the hospital.
With the sounds of
my nausea echoing through the emergency room hallways I was hastily moved to a
back room. I spent the rest of that Thursday receiving IVs and getting shot up
with other medicines.
I would like to
tell you that I was able to play in the upcoming series with Furman, but there
was no gutting this one out. Unfortunately, the only thing I was able to do was
to force down some saltine crackers the next few days. You never fully
appreciate the value of a saltine until you need them the most.
The Phoenix were
cruising right along without me, winning 15-4 and 8-3, but just like many times
this season, we were unable to complete the sweep, dropping the final game of
the Saturday doubleheader.
I’ve tried to
reason what might be worse, spending the day in the hospital wishing for a good
meal and an easy stomach or watching a conference series slip away with very few
left on the slate for your career. I can’t quite decide, but they both share in
I was able to get
back on the field Tuesday against UNC Wilmington, but the sickening feeling
remained. We were cruising along with a four-run lead in the eighth, when the
wheels fell off. After I misplayed a bunt, Wilmington completed the comeback and
went on to win 8-7.
It was not the way
we wanted to go into the biggest weekend of the year against Western Carolina.
The Western trip is the worst trip of the year simply because there is nothing
there. I remember two years ago when we tried to find a place to eat and
everything was closed. I think they roll up the sidewalks when the sun goes down
in the mountains.
The way the next
three games turned out would make anybody sick to their stomach. We lost Friday
after Western scored to break a tie game in the eighth; Saturday we blew a lead
in the ninth, and Sunday we lost in extra innings.
about losing one-run games in baseball. You seem to go over every at-bat, every
pitch call and every situation to somehow justify, or in this case, pin the
defeat on one scenario.
But, what makes
baseball such a unique game is that every pitch is an opportunity, so in every
losing effort there is that opportunity where you could have done more. That’s
what has been especially tough to swallow, being so close in so many games with
very little to show but a bunch of second guesses.
Fortunately for us
the final three conference series are at home. It is always nice to play at
home; hopefully, we can use the home field advantage to get on a roll going into
the conference tournament.
But first we head
to Clemson to take on the Tigers tomorrow. It is always exciting to head down to
Clemson and play a great team in front of a large crowd.
One of my favorite
quotes is, “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, strong men.” The season has not
gone how we wanted, but it is not over. The next month will unmask what guys are
A Missed Opportunity (4/11/07)
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)