Baseball

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 ...

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.

Guba's walk-off caps off 4-run, 2-out rally to beat Towson

4/16/16 2:41pm

Senior Brett Guba went from zero to hero. After striking out while representing the tying run in the bottom of the 8th, Guba capped off a 4-run ninth inning with a walk-off, 2-RBI single in the Elon University baseball team’s 9-8 victory over Towson University April 15 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. “I just had to buckle down and battle, try to get a ball in play and give us a chance,” Guba said.

Elon baseball smothered by No. 12 NC State 23-3

4/13/16 10:31pm

The Elon University baseball team played host to the nationally-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack on Tuesday night, and the Phoenix seemed to have their fate sealed early, falling 23 to three. “You gotta have a quick memory when you play baseball.” said Elon freshman shortstop Ryne Ogren, “That was a kick in the teeth.” The Wolfpack delivered an onslaught of scoring in the game’s opening frame, sending 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run first inning. The scoring didn’t stop there.

Column: Elon's pitching progress behind schedule

4/5/16 4:15pm

It took the Elon University baseball team five pitchers to get three outs, one inning that backfired but exposed a larger problem that’s persisted through much of this season. The Phoenix pitching staff still isn’t at the caliber it was expected to reach. About halfway through the season, and three weekends into Colonial Athletic Association play, Elon’s pitchers are still struggling to do the one thing they’re supposed to do — throw strikes. Elon has walked more batters (XXX) than any other team in the CAA, and has the second most wild pitches (XXX) among CAA teams. Best representative of this was the April 2 loss to College of Charleston, the league’s reigning champion that’s spent part of this season nationally ranked.

Charleston rallies, sinks Elon baseball Saturday afternoon

4/2/16 9:34pm

No matter how many pitchers head coach Mike Kennedy sent out late in the game, the Elon University baseball team could not stop the damage. Kennedy used five pitchers in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth, but the Phoenix allowed three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth in a 6-2 loss Saturday afternoon at Latham Park. “We haven’t been good enough to throw guys for a full inning,” Kennedy said.

Baseball surges past Charleston 9-6 Friday

4/2/16 3:15pm

The Phoenix’s four run eighth inning propelled the Elon University baseball team to a 9-6 series-opening victory over the College of Charleston in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. “When we need to, like in that last inning right there, we came through.

Baseball falls to Wake Forest Tuesday

3/30/16 2:00pm

The Elon University’s baseball team lost its fifth straight game Tuesday night, falling 4-3 to Wake Forest University at Latham Park. The Demon Deacons scored two runs in the top of the seventh after Elon pitchers walked the bases loaded to start the inning.

Walking up to the plate with a beat

3/17/16 12:45pm

While no one questions that baseball and softball are team sports, the art of hitting is an individual battle, one that each hitter needs to approach in whatever way is best for them.

Column: Baseball offense finds new contributions ahead of CAA play

3/16/16 10:00am

Two unlikely heroes rescued the Elon University baseball team’s weekend from falling into the ground. A pair of infielders, senior Danny Lynch and freshman Ryne Ogren, provided the necessary sparks that led to two victories against The Citadel, bringing the Phoenix to .500 for the first time this season. Elon lost 13-8 to the Bulldogs on March 11 in poor fashion — the Phoenix handed the game away.