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Grandma. Genuine. Chaotic. Team-first.
The Elon University softball team was determined to carry their momentum from Sunday’s conference victory over College of Charleston into a weekday matchup with North Carolina Central University. Carry they did, earning their first win streak since March 3 with a 6-3 win over NCCU in a game that was originally scheduled to be played on the road in Durham, but field conditions prevented that from happening.
Take two women’s basketball teams who have not played in at least ten days, who have never faced one another, who both feel they have something to prove and put them on a court together. The result will most likely be a physical game marred by sloppiness, which was exactly what ensued at Elon University’s Alumni Gym on Wednesday night. The host Phoenix topped the Eastern Kentucky University Lady Colonels 68-61 in the opening round of the 2013 Women’s Basketball Invitational.
Looking to bounce back from a weekend sweep at the hands of Georgia Southern University March 9-10, the Elon University softball team took the field for a doubleheader against the College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon, March 16, then again for a single game Sunday, March 17. Saturday’s action would turn out similar to the previous weekend, as the homestanding Charleston Cougars would take both games, 7-3 and 4-3. The Phoenix took the series finale from the Cougars with a 5-4 victory.
For the final time, the Big East Conference as we know it will contest its historic tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City. By the 2015 season, these teams will be scattered throughout the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten Conference and the “America 12” (rumored name for the old Big East). But since all that is boring and confusing, let’s live in the present and examine what’s at stake for the 2013 Big East tournament.
A day after sweeping a doubleheader, the Georgia Southern University softball team finished off a three-game sweep of the Elon University Phoenix at Hunt Softball Park, 5-2 on Sunday, March 10. The visiting Eagles, the defending champions of the Southern Conference, scored two runs in the first off of junior shortstop Kourtny Thomas’ two-run home run.
In the opening softball doubleheader of Southern Conference play in the 2013 season, the Elon University softball team found itself on the losing end twice against the visiting Georgia Southern University Eagles. The Eagles needed eleven innings to take game one, 8-5, before taking a 6-4 win in game two after only an hour and 25 minutes.
Looking to improve upon an 8-5 record, the Elon University softball team traveled south down Interstate 85 for a nonconference doubleheader against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Wednesday, March 7. The visiting Phoenix picked up win No. 9 in the first game, 5-2, but dropped game two to the host 49ers, 8-0.
Last week, the eyes of the sports world were turned on Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium. Why, you may ask? The Indianapolis Colts ended their home season Dec. 30.
The Elon University baseball team was picked as the coaches’ preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference baseball championship in 2013. The Furman University Paladins? Seventh. Combine that logic with the fact that Sunday’s contest was played at Latham Park, and the expectation would be for Elon to grab a win.
On the day that Elon University dedicated Hunt Softball Park, the stage was set for another Elon softball upset. That was until the seventh inning when a string of miscues and controversial events propelled the visitors from Virginia Tech to a 2-1 win at the Phoenix’s brand new softball facility.
Coming off of a weekend sweep, the Elon University softball team knew it had momentum on its side for a Wednesday evening matchup with the East Carolina University Pirates. Elon used the momentum to score five runs in the first two innings en route to a 6-3 win.
On March 8, the United States will begin play in the third edition of the World Baseball Classic, a global tournament that is baseball’s version of the World Cup.
Senior outfielder Tomeka Watson had already collected countless accolades in her Elon University softball career. One mark she had not hit, however, was the all-time Elon home run record, previously at 26.
The day belonged to the Elon University softball team. They were the team coming off of a 10-day rest. They were the team with something to prove, looking to show they could contend. They were the team opening a new $1.75 million stadium, elevating the program within the university and the conference.
That venue was the home of Elon University softball for 35 seasons, dating back beyond the “fastpitch era” of Phoenix softball. But as of 2013, that outdated and hidden field is history. Elon will begin a new era of playing home games at Hunt Softball Park, located across Williamson Avenue from Latham Park, in close proximity to Rhodes Stadium and Rudd Field.
As the sports calendar turns over once again, fans of a sport that is as American as apple pie are celebrating. The 2013 edition of Speedweeks are here, and with them, another NASCAR season. There are many storylines going into the new season, from yet another new car design to a changing of the guard at the top of the pack to an on-track rookie of the year romance.
Coming off of a disappointing, fruitless two-game road swing, the Elon University women’s basketball team earned a hard-fought win on the road at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Saturday afternoon, 70-57.
The Elon University baseball team opened its 2013 campaign with a resounding victory over the visiting Marist College Red Foxes on a glorious Friday afternoon at Latham Park.
I am a die-hard baseball fan. The nature of the game draws me in – it’s the perfect combination of thinking and athletic ability. That, combined with the fact that the game is played nearly every day, has made me a baseball enthusiast.