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Spring practice has been a time of change and exploration for the Elon University football team. New players have stepped up to fill the Phoenix’s starting roles and head coach Jason Swepson has been able to see progress. The culmination of the practice and experiments was the team’s annual spring game on Friday May 3 in Rhodes Stadium. The game offered coaches and fans alike the opportunity to see the battles at arguably the two of the most important positions - quarterback and running back.
No Mike Kennedy, no problem. The Elon University head baseball coach missed Tuesday night's game against North Carolina A&T State University due to an ejection last week, but the Phoenix still managed to pull out an 8-7 win over the visiting Aggies.
It was just another day at the office for junior center fielder Carleigh Nester.
Wide receiver Aaron Mellette is now just a legend. A memory of the player who finished his Elon career with 4,254 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns and went on to get drafted by the Baltimore Ravens last weekend.
Elon University head coach Mike Kennedy described it as a “broken record.” The Phoenix baseball team jumped out to a lead, only to collapse in the late innings. Wake Forest University’s Demon Deacons provided the opposition on Wednesday evening at Latham Park and pounced on a struggling Elon bullpen to take a 17-6 win.
The predictions were nearly universal: The Washington Nationals would win the National League East division en route to the National League pennant. A dominant pitching staff and a potent offense would certainly be enough to tear through the rest of the league.
Knowing rain was headed to Greenville, S.C., the Elon University and Furman University softball teams moved up Saturday’s doubleheader by a half hour. Unfortunately for the teams, only one game was completed and Sunday’s two games were washed out.
Five first-inning runs helped to push the North Carolina State University softball team past Elon University on Wednesday April 24 by a final score of 11-0.
All season long, the Elon University baseball team has struggled in the late innings. Tuesday night was no different, as the Phoenix headed to the bottom of the ninth leading the host East Carolina University Pirates 5-3. Before the Phoenix could record the final three outs, the Pirates plated five runs, including a three-run walk off home run, to take an 8-5 victory.
Junior center fielder Carleigh Nester has been on a tear for the Elon University softball team. That hot streak continued Tuesday April 23 in a 9-1 win at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Nester hit a pair of home runs and her teammates pounded out a total of 13 hits in the run-rule shortened game.
Before you start reading, I promise that this piece is significantly shorter than the first one. It is merely an update to some new information. That information? The Davidson College Wildcats are likely to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Wildcats were what kept the idea of the Southern Conference alive. The league knew that even with the loss of football powers Appalachian State University and Georgia Southern University it could build a basketball core around Davidson. That, my friends, is now impossible.
The Elon University baseball team was in a familiar spot. For the third straight game, the Wofford College Terriers had scored first and held an early 1-0 lead in Sunday’s rubber match of a Southern Conference weekend series. For the first time all season, junior center fielder Sebastian Gomez hit in the leadoff spot. While any leadoff hitter’s job is to get on base, Gomez went the extra mile by slapping a home run to center field for the first of 14 Elon runs in a 14-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
Returning to the field for the first time since a car accident involving three players, the Elon University softball team took one game and dropped a pair against Samford University.
It took five series, but the Elon University softball team used dominant pitching and timely hitting to claim its first Southern Conference series win of the year with a 4-1 win over Western Carolina University on Sunday.
Coming off of a seven game losing streak where at least six runs were surrendered each game, the Elon University softball team knew improved pitching was the key to success. On Saturday, that success finally came Elon’s way. Freshman Kayla Caruso and sophomore Chelsea White gave up only three runs combined in a doubleheader against Western Carolina University. Caruso’s game one gem propelled the Phoenix to a 7-1 win while White was outdueled in game two, a 2-1 loss.
It finally happened. The nonsensical breakup and rebirth of the Big East Conference has had a trickle down effect that now has affected the Southern Conference and Elon University. While you were away lying on a beach, sleeping, or doing whatever else college students do on spring break, two of Elon’s fellow Southern Conference schools made a major decision. Appalachian State University and Georgia Southern University will be leaving the SoCon after the 2013-2014 academic year in favor of the Sun Belt Conference. Why would they do this? Don’t they know that Boone, N.C. to Elon is a much shorter trip than Boone to Monroe, La. (where Sun Belt member University of Louisiana at Monroe is located)?
A day after losing by 12 runs to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Elon University baseball team returned to Latham Park in need of a midweek win April 10. Facing the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Seahawks, the Phoenix mounted a late comeback only to be defeated once again by a final score of 8-5.
Looking to snap a six-game losing skid, the Elon University Phoenix softball team traveled to Chapel Hill on Wednesday April 10 to face the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina. Despite holding the No. 25 Tar Heels to seven hits, Elon fell 6-0 to the home squad.
In their return to conference play, the Elon University softball team experienced the all-too-familiar feeling of being swept in weekend series action, this time at the hands of the Mountaineers of Appalachian State University, 7-3, 8-5 and 7-1.
Already mired in a funk of losing eight of their last nine games, the Elon University softball team took to the field Tuesday, April 2, to take on the Longwood University Lancers. The luck would not change this time around, with the visitors sweeping the contests, 6-4 and 8-1.