CHS grad Davis solid for Pioneers

CNJ staff

PLAINVIEW, Texas — Clovis High graduate Darren Davis is in his second season at Wayland Baptist University, and has been one of the Pioneers’ top pitchers this season.

Davis is 3-5 with a 4.79 earned run average in 11 appearances, including 10 starts. He has six complete games and two shutouts, including a 12-0, five-inning (run rule) win over University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on March 31.

In his next start, on Thursday against Sooner Athletic Conference foe Northwestern Oklahoma State, Davis carried a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh when the Rangers scored two unearned runs on no hits and two WBU errors for a 5-4 victory.

Davis allowed five hits and struck out 11 in going the route.

For the season, he has allowed 56 hits in 56 1/3 innings, with 77 strikeouts and 26 walks. The Pioneers (19-19, 5-7) have lost five conference games in a row, although they did beat West Texas A&M 12-8 on Tuesday.

Davis went 4-2 last year after transferring from Trinidad Junior College in Colorado, posting a 6.43 earned run average with 20 walks and 88 strikeouts in 84 innings.

He was named the SAC pitcher of the week for the week of March 5-11 after throwing a seven-inning, 4-0 shutout against St. Gregory’s. In that game, he allowed four hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts.