Devils Edge Huskies

Freshman left-hander, Ike Davis, was brilliant on the mound last night, as he led the Devils to a 5-3 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies. The win was the third straight for the Devils (3-1) and the first career win for the highly touted Davis.

Davis (1-1) was dominant in his 7.1 innings of work, allowing one run on just four hits while striking out eight Husky batters. Davis did have a shutout through the first seven innings and took a 5-0 lead into the eighth, but the Husky bats finally were able to manufacture a run in the inning to end Davis' night.

The bullpen had to survive a couple of late scares after Davis' departure, as right-hander Brady Martinez and lefty Brett Bordes couldn't get the Devils out of the eighth inning. They combined to give up two runs on three hits and a walk, and had to be relieved after recording just one out. Junior right-hander, Zechry Zinicola, was finally able to get the Devils out of the inning and went on to earn his first save of the season by closing out the ninth. This was Zinicola's first game back in the bullpen after head coach Pat Murphy decided to move him out of the starter role.

The Devils did manage to collect 11 hits on the night, but only manufactured five runs in the process. Only one of the 11 hits was for extra bases and the Devils struggled driving home runners on base, as they stranded 12 men on the night.

First baseman Willy Fox continued to rip the ball, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Right fielder Colin Curtis, who was moved into the leadoff spot after struggling through last weekend's series, scored two runs after going 1-for-4 including a walk and two stolen bases. Centerfielder J.J. Sferra and catcher Preston Paramore also recorded a couple hits on the night. Both ended up 2-for-4 at the plate, and Paramore also added a RBI.

The Devils look to continue their current winning streak, as they face off against the Huskies for game two of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm at Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

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