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Davidson baseball preps for 1st season in Atlantic 10

Davidson’s baseball team, coming off the best season in program history, will begin its inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 next month with a 51-game schedule that includes games against some of nation’s top teams.

The Wildcats, who went 29-19 and finished second in the Southern Conference regular-season standings, open play Feb. 13 in a four-team tournament at N.C. State. They face former SoCon foe Appalachian State, followed by games against N.C. State on Feb. 14 and Villanova on Feb. 15.

Davidson will play its home opener the following week against in-state ACC opponent Wake Forest on Feb. 17 at Wilson Field. The Wildcats will play the Deacons twice this season, traveling to Winston-Salem for a rematch on April 14.

Davidson will also play a home-and-away series against Duke, traveling to Durham on April 7, then hosting the Blue Devils at Wilson Field on May 5.

In addition, the Wildcats have single games against two-time NCAA champion South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 24, and against North Carolina in Chapel Hill on March 17.

Other nonconference games on the Davidson’s schedule are home games against Lehigh (Feb. 20, Feb. 22), Army (Feb. 21), Georgetown (Feb. 27-28, March 1), Elon (March 4), Yale (March 7-8), Presbyterian (March 7), Akron (March 13-15), Winthrop (April 21), and High Point (May 6). Road games will be played at High Point (March 24), Winthrop (March 31), and Elon (April 28).

The Wildcats play their first Atlantic 10 series at home on March 20-22, hosting La Salle in a three-game series.

Davidson will also play three-game A-10 home series against Saint Louis (March 27-29), Dayton (April 17-19), and Richmond (May 14-16). Conference series on the road will be against Rhode Island (April 3-4), Fordham (April 10-12), St. Bonaventure (April 24-26), and George Mason (May 1-3).

The Atlantic 10 tournament is scheduled for May 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

Field hockey signs 6

Davidson’s field hockey team has signed six incoming freshman for the team’s 2015 season, which begins in August.

The six will join 19 returning players from coach Ginny Turner’s 2014 squad, which finished 3-16 overall and 2-6 in the Wildcats’ inaugural Atlantic 10 schedule.

Two of the newcomers are from Virginia Beach, Va.: Courtney Byler, a defender from Norfolk Academy, and Kristin Kisa, a forward-midfielder from Princess Anne High.

The other newcomers are midfielder-forward Emily Morgan (Providence, N.C.), midfielder Leigha Nortier (Hershey, Pa.), goalkeeper Bean Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) and midfielder Kate Singletary (Forsyth Country Day).

Krakauer promoted to associate head coach

Amy Krakauer, an assistant coach with Davidson’s swimming and diving teams, has been promoted to associate head coach, the first to earn that title in the program’s history.

Now in her fifth year with the team, Krakauer has been the lead coach for the Wildcats’ stroke and individual medley specialists. Over that time, Davidson swimmers have set 35 school records, and one – 2013 graduate Drew Onken – qualified for three events at the 2012 NCAA championships.

“This is overdue recognition for Amy,” Wildcats head coach John Young said in a prepared release. “She is an outstanding coach, and everyone associated with our team knows how important she is to our program.

“In addition to her creativity and insight on deck with our athletes, she has been an invaluable collaborator on most every operational decision that we’ve faced for almost five years. This would be a very different team without her.”