Baseball

Baseball seeking balance between strong pitching, struggling offense

3/14/17 10:30am

As the Elon University baseball team concludes its first month of play, a happy medium between offense and pitching has yet to be reached. In a role reversal from previous Elon teams, it’s the pitching that has emerged as the strength of this year’s club, with a team ERA of 4.11 checking in at nearly ...

Phoenix baseball seeing offensive improvements

3/7/17 1:51pm

The end of a sweep provided a positive look to the future for the Elon University baseball team. Elon's offense turned in the right direction in the late innings of a 5-1 victory against the University of Massachusetts, a performance the Phoenix hopes translates into a stronger approach at the plate ...

Shumate's single ends Elon's 5-game losing streak

3/4/17 10:32am

Senior infielder Kory Shumate's walk-off single ended the Elon University baseball team's five-game losing streak, capping off Elon's 4-3 comeback win over the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass) Friday night at Latham Park. With the score tied at three, runners on first and second base and two outs, Shumate — who had started the night 0-for-3 — kept his composure to drop a walk-off single in deep right field, scoring freshman infielder Joe Satterfield and sending all of Elon's players racing to mob Shumate.

No-hitter signals Welhaf's comeback

2/21/17 2:14pm

The Elon University baseball team’s Saturday afternoon game against Longwood University was still in progress, the unspeakable performance of redshirt junior pitcher Robbie Welhaf nearing completion. And yet, even though there was no guarantee Welhaf would be able to finish off Elon’s first no-hitter since joining Division I, head coach Mike Kennedy almost was overcome with emotions. “[Assistant coach] Robbie [Huffstetler] and I are sitting here and I’m trying to make sure I don’t bust out in tears because you’re happy for a guy that sticks with it,” Kennedy said.

Welhaf throws 1st no-hitter in Elon D1 era

2/18/17 8:18pm

Redshirt junior pitcher Robbie Welhaf threw the first no-hitter in the Elon University baseball team’s Division I era Saturday afternoon, needing 100 pitches to beat Longwood University 7-0 at Latham Park. Welhaf struck out a career-high eight in Elon’s 7-0 win over Longwood, with just a walk and a hit-by-pitch against him.

Fresh around the field

2/14/17 6:45pm

Danny Crowe doesn't see it, but he knows it, the distinction he holds on this Elon University baseball team. He's the only senior on the roster who's been here for four years.

CAA pulls women's golf title from NC because of HB2

2/1/17 6:09pm

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) has made its first major move in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, moving its neutral-site 2017 women’s golf championship out of the state. And, while Elon University released its 2017 football schedule with a game against the State University of New York at Albany Sept. 30, Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said in a phone call that the issue is not fully resolved.

Former Elon pitcher makes pro debut in Burlington

6/27/16 8:45pm

BURLINGTON — Fresh out of a blood test, former Elon University pitcher Chris Hall ’16 couldn’t help but laugh at his Sunday night. “A lot of firsts tonight,” Hall joked. The first official blood test followed his first appearance in professional baseball, in which he threw 1.1 innings for the Bluefield Blue Jays against the Burlington Royals. With about a dozen people from Elon in the stands to support Hall — including head baseball coach Mike Kennedy, assistant coach Micah Posey, and five former Elon teammates — Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg’s decision to not pitch Hall so he could debut just six miles from his collegiate home. “I was the last guy who hadn’t thrown out of the bullpen, so I figured today was my day,” Hall said.

Ogren, Zammarelli drive Elon's offensive prowess

4/26/16 3:30pm

Elon University head baseball coach Mike Kennedy chalked up his team’s recent offensive success to a handful of players, but more notably, two spots in the lineup. The first two. Kennedy noted freshman infielder Ryne Ogren’s ownership of the lead-off spot, along with junior utility man Nick Zammarelli’s emergence in the two-hole, as keys to Elon’s offensive prowess that plated 51 runs in a span of four games last week. Ogren and Zammarelli have formed a one-two punch, and with senior infielder Tyler McVicar’s 12-game hitting streak and freshman outfielder Liam O’Regan’s stretch of five straight games with a home run, the Phoenix is the midst of its longest conference winning streak in seven years. Elon’s won seven straight in Colonial Athletic Association play, and has climbed to third place in the league after stumbling early to a 2-7 start in the league. Ogren’s hit in the leadoff spot in every game during this hot stretch, and was a catalyst in the victory that started the streak.

Baseball sweeps Hofstra as Daniels turns in strong outing

4/24/16 5:22pm

As the Elon University baseball team's offense stayed hot, freshman right-hander Mason Daniels turned in his longest outing of the year and the Phoenix completed its sweep of Hofstra University with a 10-5 victory on Sunday at Latham Park. It's Elon's eighth straight Colonial Athletic Association victory, its longest conference winning streak since 2009. Daniels went seven and one-third innings, making it past the dreaded sixth inning that's been hindering him, striking out six and allowing just two earned runs (five total) on five hits with three walks.

Baseball keeps roll going, sweeps doubleheader Saturday

4/24/16 11:00am

The offense kept rolling for the Elon University baseball team as the Phoenix swept a doubleheader with Hofstra University Saturday afternoon at Latham Park, winning 14-8 and 7-2. “I thought offensively we just carried over what we did at High Point [University] and with UNCG,” said Elon head coach Mike Kennedy.

Q&A: Elon trustee enjoys minor league ownership

4/21/16 4:00pm

Elon University gave an honorary doctorate to Wes Elingburg, PhD, at its Spring Convocation March 31. Elingburg retired as chief financial officer (CFO) at LabCorp in 2005 and has served on Elon’s Board of Trustees since 2005, spending time as chair of the board from 2010 to 2012. He and his wife, Cathy, have given to Elon on numerous occasions, and helped develop the internship program between Love School of Business students and LabCorp. But when he retired from LabCorp, Elingburg found himself looking for something new to do.

Hall pitches out of jam to lead baseball over Towson Saturday

4/16/16 9:44pm

All season long, Elon University baseball head coach Mike Kennedy has trusted junior pitcher Chris Hall to finish games. When Hall loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth and Elon leading by two, he did not flinch. “The great thing about Hall is he shows little emotion,” said assistant coach Robbie Huffstetler.