Baseball

King's grand slam helps Elon get by Samford

4/5/14 10:04am

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 ...

Phoenix comeback nullified in extra innings

3/27/14 10:53am

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.

Elon drops rubber match to Western Carolina

3/24/14 1:52am

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.

Elon splits first two games with Western Carolina

3/22/14 9:37pm

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.

Southern Conference baseball preview

3/20/14 11:51am

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.

Iowa products carrying Elon baseball

3/18/14 2:34pm

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.

Bakker tosses gem in Elon win

3/15/14 9:06am

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.

Danny Lynch taking on catching role for Elon

3/13/14 10:28pm

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.

Mental mistakes fuel Elon loss to Liberty

3/11/14 10:37pm

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.

Elon drops 12-inning tilt with High Point

3/5/14 9:15pm

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.

Miscues fuel Phoenix loss to North Carolina A&T

2/26/14 8:59pm

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.

Reload, not rebuild: so far, so good for Elon baseball

2/26/14 1:00pm

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.

Leathers' clutch hit pushes Elon past UNCW

2/25/14 10:08pm

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.