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 ...
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.
While it wasn’t the prettiest of games, it still says something that perhaps the most intriguing part of it was the aftermath. After a 4-2 loss to Liberty University at Latham Park March 11, Elon University head coach Mike Kennedy spent more than 15 minutes talking to his team in the outfield. Topic discussed included errors, mental mistakes and the team morale. “Our effort wasn’t good,” Kennedy said.
Denis Mikush jogged out of the bullpen, ready to face the Elon University Phoenix for the second time in three days.
The Elon University baseball team began its first true road trip with two wins at the Chanticleer Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday, March 9.
Days after losing a tight one at home to High Point University, the Elon University baseball team fell to the Panthers, 2-1, in 12 innings March 5 at High Point. With one out in the 12th and runners at the corners, High Point center fielder Josh Greene lofted a 3-2 pitch into center, good for a sacrifice fly and to score the winning run. The Panthers drew a leadoff walk from Elon senior Jacob Baker, and Elon coach Mike Kennedy pulled Baker in favor of freshman Dimitri Lettas.
His team having won the first two games in which he started, Elon University junior pitcher Lucas Bakker toed the rubber again Saturday, March 1.
Behind eight runs in the first four innings, the Elon University baseball team defeated St. Joseph’s University, 8-5, Friday, Feb.
Leaving 12 men on base, getting picked off or caught stealing three times and committing two errors usually isn’t a formula for success. Elon University did all of that in addition to walking seven and hitting a batter in a 5-3 loss at North Carolina A&T State University Feb.
When Elon University head baseball coach Mike Kennedy was asked about the 17 new players on his 2014 team, he refused to say that they were part of a rebuilding year. Instead, Kennedy said that his team went out to “reload” for a run at a fifth Southern Conference regular season or third Southern Conference tournament championship.
Elon University junior Wil Leathers had a feeling he would be pinch-hitting in the eighth inning for the Phoenix baseball team. Elon coach Mike Kennedy knew a fastball would be thrown to him at some point. That prior knowledge led to a bloop single into left field from Leathers, scoring senior second baseman Sebastian Gomez and giving the Phoenix a 3-2 win over the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Feb.