College baseball is sort of back as West Virginia outfielder Austin Davis made his Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational debut as his Team Unity squad fell in extra innings to Team Liberty.
Davis started at center field for his team and manned the lead-off spot, where he was an offensive asset for the squad with 2 hits and 3 RBIs. His first poke came in the fifth inning with Unity down 5-2, sending a pair of runs home to cut his team’s deficit.
He later came up clutch for his team in the bottom of the ninth, when they were one run down. Davis cracked a hard line drive to Liberty third baseman Brandon Lankford, who was unable to make a play. The hit sent a run home, tying the game and ultimately sending it to extra innings.
Unity fell in the tenth inning, 11-10. As the tournament is a double elimination format, Unity has a second round matchup on Friday night at 6 p.m. against Team Freedom, who lost in dramatic fashion to Team Independence.
Davis shared the Team Unity lineup card with two Big 12 rivals, pitcher Hunter Dobbins and catcher Nate Rombach, both from Texas Tech. One other Big 12 baseball player — Baylor pitcher Jacob Ashkinos — is participating in the tournament for Team Freedom.