The competitor in Mike Kennedy shone through in something other than baseball last summer. Well, kind of.
The Elon University baseball team will face five teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament in addition to its inaugural Colonial Athletic Association slate in 2015. The Phoenix released its 2015 schedule on Friday, which begins with a three-game home series against Penn State University ...
Casey Jones hits. That’s what he does, and that’s what he’s good at.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A tumultuous season came to an end for the Elon University baseball team, and in many ways, it was a direct reflection of how the season went. A lead was built up.
When Elon University junior Casey Jones homered in the first game of the year, it must have been a sign of good things to come. Jones was never seen as much of a power hitter, and had never hit a home run in an Elon uniform. This season, Jones has hit .422 with 81 hits, 20 doubles and 52 RBis.
Elon junior outfielder Ryan Cooper’s game-changing and funk-ending swing almost didn’t happen. Cooper hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of Elon’s 7-6 win at No.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — With losses and missed opportunities hanging over its heads, a thrown bat signified a possible jump back to normalcy for the Elon University baseball team. Junior first baseman Casey Jones, the Southern Conference’s best hitter, threw his bat during an eighth-inning at-bat, sparking memories of him doing it countless times early in the season. Early in the season when Elon was doing well, that is. Senior Ryan Pennell worked out of two jams and the Phoenix snapped a six-game losing streak and a nine-game road losing streak with a 7-6 win at No.
It finally looked like the Elon University baseball team was getting on the right track. The Phoenix led 6-1 after five innings over Furman University May 11 and was close to snapping a five-game losing streak.
The skid reached five consecutive losses and 10 in its last 12 games for the Elon University baseball team after losing the first two games of a three-game series at Furman University May 10. Elon lost the first game, which was suspended because of weather and continued the next day, 14-3 and dropped the second one 9-7. The game was suspended in the middle of the fifth inning with Elon down 4-0.
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.