Baseball


NEWS 4/16/14 11:28am

Another milestone: Kennedy humble in earning 600th win

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.


NEWS 4/13/14 10:38pm

Elon drops series finale to Wofford

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.


NEWS 4/12/14 6:39pm

Offense comes late in Kennedy's 600th win for Elon

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.


NEWS 4/11/14 10:42pm

King's home run lifts Elon over Wofford

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.


NEWS 4/10/14 10:41am

Offense stays hot as Elon baseball bounces back

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.


NEWS 4/9/14 12:04am

Tasteful approach helping Casey Jones carry Elon

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.


NEWS 4/5/14 10:04am

King's grand slam helps Elon get by Samford

Highlighted by a sixth inning grand slam by junior Chris King, the Elon University baseball team overcame multiple deficits in picking up a 7-5 road win at Samford University April 5. Trailing 3-0 in the sixth, the Phoenix loaded the bases with nobody out on singles by juniors Ryan Cooper and Casey Jones and a walk by senior Sebastian Gomez.


NEWS 3/27/14 10:53am

Phoenix comeback nullified in extra innings

The bats were silent for the Elon University baseball team on Wednesday night, March 26 at Latham Park — for the first eight innings. In the ninth, redshirt freshman catcher Chris Hall hit a game-tying home run to knot the low-scoring affair with Wake Forest University at 2-2.


NEWS 3/24/14 1:52am

Elon drops rubber match to Western Carolina

After a three hour, 17 minute rain delay, the Elon University baseball team could not muster enough in the rubber match of a three game series with Southern Conference foe Western Carolina University, falling 9-7 to the Catamounts March 23 at Latham Park. With one out in the top of the third and Western Carolina leading 2-0, a rain delay was put into action that threw off both teams.


NEWS 3/22/14 9:37pm

Elon splits first two games with Western Carolina

In what may become the final series between the Southern Conference heavyweights, Elon University and Western Carolina University split the first two games of a three-game series this weekend at Latham Park. Elon took the first game 5-1 Friday after 7.2 stellar innings from junior Lucas Bakker, while Western Carolina won the second game 6-5 after a pair of late home runs. Elon 5, Western Carolina 1 Elon went behind 1-0 in the fourth after shortstop Aaron Attaway reached on an error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Dykota Speiss.


NEWS 3/20/14 11:51am

Southern Conference baseball preview

The 2014 Southern Conference baseball season marks the end of an era. For the last several years, the SoCon has been a premier mid-major baseball league, often ranked in the Top 10 in conference RPI in the NCAA. In the latest round of conference realignment, largely driven by football and men’s basketball, baseball was a casualty in the SoCon.


NEWS 3/18/14 2:34pm

Iowa products carrying Elon baseball

Of everything that has helped the Elon University baseball team to a 13-7 start, the Hawkeye State must be the most beneficial. Two junior college transfers from the state of Iowa, juniors Lucas Bakker and Jake Stalzer, have combined for six wins and have now won the last four Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.


NEWS 3/15/14 9:06am

Bakker tosses gem in Elon win

After more than 17 years as head baseball coach at Elon University, Mike Kennedy has seen a lot. What he saw March 14 at Latham Park stood in a special place of its own. In as good a pitcher’s duel as one could draw up, Elon junior Lucas Bakker outdid Georgia Southern University ace Sam Howard, tossing a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 Elon victory. Bakker, this past week’s Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week, walked three and struck out seven, throwing 100 pitches in for his third win of the season.