Davidson baseball coach Dick Cooke reached a coaching milestone on March 6, recording his 500th career victory with the Wildcats’ 5-2 victory over Lafayette.
Cooke is one of Davidson’s longest-tenured coaches, picking up the 500th win in his 26th season heading the Wildcats’ baseball program.
Only men’s basketball coach Bob McKillop has been with Davidson longer – now in his 27th season with the Wildcats, he picked up his 500th career coaching win last November.
Cooke entered the 2016 season with a career record of 494-761-1.
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Pacifici signs with MLS’s Crew
Former Davidson men’s soccer goalkeeper Matt Pacifici has signed with Columbus Crew SC, Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference champions last season, the team announced March 4.
Pacifici, who spent four seasons with the Wildcats after transferring from Wake Forest, is Davidson’s all-time leader in saves with 297.
The Charlotte native caught the attention of the Crew’s coaches after two strong games during the Desert Diamond Cup in Tuscon, Ariz., in late February.
Pacifici, part of the Crew’s preseason training camp squad, held Real Salt Lake scoreless over 28 minutes, then did the same in 45 minutes against the Colorado Rapids.
Sargent 4th at Davidson Invitational
Davidson men’s golfer David Sargent posted a personal best when he tied for fourth place at the Davidson Invitational, held Feb. 29-March 1 at River Run Country Club.
Sargent, a senior, had a 54-hole total of 9-over-par 225, tying with Marshall’s Alex Weiss and Radford’s Conner Lewis.
Charlotte’s Thomas Rowland won individual honors at the Davidson Invitational, shooting an even-par 216 and beating Gardner-Webb’s Chris Jones by seven strokes. Charlotte also took team honors at 38-over 902, beating Cleveland State by eight shots.
Davidson finished sixth.
Only one other Wildcats player finished among the top 10 individuals. Freshman Hoke Carlton, playing as an individual, finished tied for ninth at 13-over 229.
Runzo 4th at SoCon championships
Davidson’s Dustin Runzo finished fourth in the 133-pound weight class at the 2016 Southern Conference championship meet, held March 4-5 in Asheville.
Runzo, a sophomore, lost to Gardner-Webb’s Tyler Ziegler in his first-round match, but There, Runzo lost an 11-5 decision to Appalachian State’s Irvin Enriquez. He finished the Runzo had the best showing of the Wildcats’ 10 wrestlers competing in the SoCon After losing his opening-round match to Chattanooga’s Shakar Kamaal, Palumbo won in came back in the consolation round with wins over Chattanooga’s Cody Hill and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Dakota Leach to advance to the consolation finals.
There, Runzo lost an 11-5 decision to Appalachian State’s Irvin Enriquez. He finished the season with a 5-8 record.
Runzo had the best showing of the Wildcats’ 10 wrestlers competing in the SoCon championships. Only one other wrestler, Tony Palumbo at 157 pounds, won a match.
After losing his opening-round match to Chattanooga’s Shakar Kamaal, Palumbo won in the first consolation round by injury forfeit over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Eric Travers, but followed that with a loss to Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Mosley.
Todd earns A-10 player of week award
Davidson women’s tennis player Ava Todd was named the Atlantic 10 player of the week Todd, a sophomore, helped the Wildcats win a pair of road matches that week, beating Todd has Davidson’s best record in singles at 8-2 overall and 3-0 in A-10 matches, and on March 1, the fifth time she’s earned a weekly conference award during her career.
Todd, a sophomore, helped the Wildcats win a pair of road matches that week, beating George Mason and George Washington by identical 5-2 scores. She won her No. 2 singles match in both matches.
Todd has Davidson’s best record in singles at 8-2 overall and 3-0 in A-10 matches, and has won five straight entering the Wildcats’ matches against Campbell and Elon on March 11-12.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: BKiserCLTObs@gmail.com.