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. â Six hundred wins is a big deal, right? âItâs really not,â 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, heâs had 16 winning seasons and advanced ...
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.
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.
Though it took two contrasting styles of play, the Elon University baseball team was able to win two midweek games and stretch its win streak to five games.
The Elon University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of The Citadel with two wins in a doubleheader March 30 at Latham Park.
Due to impending weather conditions in the area, Elon University and The Citadel have canceled the baseball game scheduled for 4 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As his teammates chat, tell jokes and do anything to forget about the chilly weather, Elon University sophomore Danny Lynch stands alone. Waiting for his turn in batting practice, Lynch takes some practice swings.