Despite winning a 3-2 nail-biter against the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Feb. 25, the Elon University baseball team wasn't able to replicate that success against the Seahawks April 22 in Wilmington. UNCW jumped on the Phoenix for eight runs in the first three innings and rode that to a 10-7 victory in midweek nonconference action.
Freshman Mike Krill earned his first career start for Elon, but lasted just 2.1 innings in which he gave up six runs on seven hits. He's the sixth pitcher to start a midweek game this year for the Phoenix.
Sophomore Tyler Manez relieved him in the third inning, but proceeded to allow two runs in just 0.1 inning of work. UNCW scored four runs in the third, three of which came on wild pitches and the other coming when freshman Dimitri Lettas walked a batter with the bases loaded, scoring an inherited runner. Four batters were walked, one was hit, and three runners were stranded in the frame.
Trailing 8-0, Elon got two back in the fourth when sophomore catcher Danny Lynch belted a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right center for a two-run home run, his first round-tripper of the season.
The Phoenix got two more in the fifth, one on a throwing error and the other on a Casey Jones groundout. UNCW got both runs back on a single and a wild pitch by freshman Graham Edwards in the fifth to go up 10-4.
In the sixth, junior Tyler McVicar singled in a run for Elon and Lynch scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 10-7. The Phoenix scored its last run of the day on a groundout by junior outfielder Quinn Bower in the seventh.
The six Elon pitchers who saw action combined for four wild pitches (all that allowed runs to score) and seven walks. Chris Hall worked the final two innings without allowing a hit.
For UNCW, Drew Farber hit a three-run home run in the second to get things going. He finished with four RBIs. Jared Gesell gets the win after working 2.2 innings in relief and allowing one run on one hit with a strikeout. Christian McDonald earns his first save after going 1.1 innings to end the game without giving up a hit.
Casey Jones went 0-for-4 on the day for Elon, ending his 26-game hitting streak that was believed to be the longest in Elon's Division I history.
The Phoenix is 25-16, and will be in Greensboro to face the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in a three-game Southern Conference series.