The Elon University baseball team was scheduled to play more home games this year than any other year since joining the Division I ranks. The Phoenix played 30, going 19-11 in them.
Jawing between the two dugouts in the ninth inning and following the game marred what was a 12-6 victory by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over host Elon University. With two outs in the top of the ninth, UNC sophomore Landon Lassiter stole second for his third steal of the year.
In the first game of the season, the Elon University baseball team led by three runs over the University of Cincinnati entering the ninth inning. The Phoenix then surrendered three runs that sent the game into extra innings, where sophomore catcher Danny Lynch provided the game-winning double. Elon head coach Mike Kennedy remarked then about the competitive spirit he saw in the dugout when his team faced adversity late in the game.
A skid that has now become seven losses in nine games has driven the term “crunch time” to a whole new level for the Elon University baseball team. The ladder of those losses, a 7-5 shortcoming to Davidson College May 4, illustrated how tough the stretch has been for Elon. “It’s frustrating,” junior left fielder Casey Jones said.
After getting swept by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and having its midweek game against Coastal Carolina University canceled because of weather, the Elon University baseball team took a step forward Friday night before regressing once again Saturday. Going up against the Southern Conference’s best in Davidson College, the Phoenix won the series opener 8-5 before falling 9-2 on Saturday. “You are what you repeatedly do,” Elon head coach Mike Kennedy said.
Offense hasn’t been much of a problem as of late for the Elon University baseball team.
A rough-going on offense Friday, a struggle all-around on Saturday and another dismal day Sunday provided enough for the Elon University baseball team to be swept in Southern Conference play for the first time since March 2010. The Phoenix lost 5-1 Friday and 12-3 Saturday to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and took a 13-4 defeat on Sunday to end the series. Elon swept UNCG a year ago on the road as well.
GREENSBORO — In search of momentum moving forward in the Southern Conference, the Elon University baseball team fell backwards. The Phoenix lost the first two games of a three-game series with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro by scores of 5-1 and 12-3.
Pitching will once again be the key to success for the Elon University baseball team. The Phoenix looks to be shuffling its weekend rotation for the third time in as many weeks as it travels down Interstate-40 to take on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in a three-game Southern Conference series. Two weeks ago at Wofford College, Elon coach Mike Kennedy gave junior Jake Stalzer, who normally throws on Sundays, the weekend off to regroup.
Despite winning a 3-2 nail-biter against the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Feb.
The Elon University baseball team saw some mixed results both on the mound and at the plate in a three-game series with Appalachian State University that saw the Phoenix win two games out of three. Elon rode an eighth inning home run by senior second baseman Sebastian Gomez to a 6-2 win in the first game, before a rough day on the mound for the Phoenix allowed Appalachian State to take the second 10-4, but Elon won the final game 4-2 behind a stellar outing by junior pitcher Jake Stalzer. Elon 6, Appalachian State 2 Gomez stepped to the plate with no outs in the eighth inning and runners at second and third.
CHAPEL HILL — The pitchers changed and some runs scored, but the lead never left the Elon University side of the scoreboard. That is, until the ninth inning at Boshamer Stadium April 16.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Six hundred wins is a big deal, right? “It’s really not,” said Elon University baseball coach Mike Kennedy. Kennedy won his 600th game April 12 when the Phoenix routed Wofford College 12-2. Currently in his 18th year at the helm, he’s had 16 winning seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times. “I’m pretty happy I was able to be a part of it tonight,” junior pitcher John Antonelli said.
After being released by the Colorado Rockies organization March 21, former Elon University baseball player Steven Hensley was picked up by the Baltimore Orioles organization April 12. Hensley was signed to a minor league contract.
After scoring 22 runs while winning the first two games of a Southern Conference series, the Elon University baseball team was held to two runs on four hits in the finale, a 7-2 loss to Wofford College. Elon trailed 7-0 after five innings and was never able to cut deep enough into the deficit.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Things looked bleak for the Elon University baseball team at the plate through six innings against Wofford College. That is, until one pitch in the seventh changed everything. Junior first baseman Tyler McVicar blasted a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left field for a three-run home run, providing the spark Elon needed for a 12-2 win over the Terriers. “We needed that,” senior Sebastian Gomez said.
After a seesaw fifth inning, it was a two-run home run by junior designated hitter Chris King in the eighth inning that gave the Elon University baseball team a 10-9 win over Wofford College April 11 in Spartanburg, S.C. With a runner on first and two outs, King took a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left field to give Elon a 10-8 lead that would be enough for the win.
Building upon a weekend in which the team scored 23 runs in three games while bouncing back from two gut-wrenching defeats, the Elon University baseball team sped past High Point University 12-2 April 10 at Latham Park. Elon had lost twice early in the season to High Point.
It doesn’t take long for Casey Jones’ focus to shift after Elon University baseball games. After the Phoenix beat Campbell University 2-1 April 2, the junior first baseman/outfielder had one thing on his mind before head coach Mike Kennedy’s postgame talk: candy. “He came out to the huddle; he already had a bag of candy in his hand,” Kennedy said.
Despite fruitful comebacks in each game, the Elon University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on the road at Samford University.