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Jake Berman ’12 #2 and Drew Gadaire’ 12 # 7.

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By Mark Brumbaugh

Before Drew Gadaire ’12 arrived at Davidson as a freshman, head baseball coach Dick Cooke had never seen him play.

It did not take long for the son of the late Davidson basketball alumnus Steve Gadaire ’75 to impress Cooke. After two days of fall training, Cooke told Gadaire that he could stay for the rest of the fall.

After two weeks, Cooke told Gadaire he needed to think about winning a position in the lineup.

Gadaire earned a starting role and claimed Southern Conference All-Freshman team honors and Davidson’s George Weicker Rookie of the Year award. He only improved during his next three years, becoming just the second player to claim the team’s Fielding Clark MVP Award for three consecutive seasons. (Gordon Slade ’70 was the first, earning the award in 1968, 1969, and 1970.)

As the highly regarded team co-captain, Gadaire was a true student-athlete, finding time to study abroad despite the rigorous baseball schedule. Awarded a Dean Rusk Language Grant, he spent time in Fez, Morocco, studying Arabic with a native Moroccan tutor. He also volunteered at a local shelter last winter. In June, he won Ameritrade’s inaugural “Fan Favorite” award.

Gadaire finished his stellar career ranked among Davidson’s career leaders, with 244 career hits (third), 54 doubles (third), 78 extra base hits (sixth), and 738 at-bats (fourth). Not bad for walk-on.

Photo Credit: Tim Cowie

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