Elon Baseball: Easter Weekend Brings Appalachian State to Latham Park

Posted by Press Release on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – After a four-game swing on the road, the Elon baseball team will spend Easter weekend at home against the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a Southern Conference series. Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with the finale being played at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

All three games will be carried live on WPCM 95.1 FM and 920 AM as well as on elonphoenix.com. Phoenix All-Access will also show the Friday and Saturday contests at no cost.

On Saturday, fans can purchase tickets for the Family Meal Deal which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for just $30. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for children that begins prior to the Saturday evening’s contest.

In a special ticket promotion, fans can purchase tickets to five of the remaining eight home games (vs. Coastal Carolina on April 29, vs. North Carolina on May 7 and all three games of either this series vs. Appalachian State or the May 2-4 series against Davidson) for just $20.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Elon – RH Lucas Bakker (5-1, 2.54 ERA)
Appalachian State – RH Jamie Nunn (3-5, 4.73 ERA)

Elon – RH Michael Elefante (6-1, 3.30 ERA)
Appalachian State – RH Tyler Moore (7-2, 3.09 ERA)

Elon – LH Jake Stalzer (4-2, 3.02 ERA)
Appalachian State – LH Jeffrey Springs (2-1, 3.47 ERA)

Inside the Series
Elon and Appalachian State have played 77 baseball games prior to this season. The maroon and gold holds a commanding 62-15 edge in the all-time series that saw its first contest in 1940, a 9-3 Elon victory. Since the Phoenix joined the SoCon for the 2004 campaign, Elon own a 25-5 record against the Mountaineers.

Overall: Elon leads 62-15
At Elon: Elon leads 16-3
At Appalachian State: Elon leads 12-4
At Neutral Site: Elon leads 2-0
Last 10 Meetings: Elon leads 8-2

600 Club
Already Elon’s all-time winningest coach, skipper Mike Kennedy achieved a milestone by winning his 600th career game with a 12-2 victory at Wofford on April 12. Kennedy currently has 600 wins to his credit, all in the maroon and gold.

All-Time in the SoCon
In its 11th season in the SoCon, Elon has posted a .669 (202-100) winning percentage in league games. That ranks as the third-best winning percentage by any of the 22 teams that have ever played baseball in the SoCon.

The Streaker
Junior Casey Jones is currently in the midst of a 23-game hitting streak, the longest for the program since Alex Swim’s 25-game streak in 2012. During the streak, which began on March 9 at Coastal Carolina, Jones has gone 39-for-84 (.464) with 11 doubles, three triples and two homers. He has also driven in 21 runs in that span. Jones has recorded two or more hits in 14 of the 23 games.

Extra Base Machine
In 24 games this season, junior Tyler McVicar has gone 17-for-55 (.309) at the plate. Of his 17 hits, 12 have gone for extra bases. McVicar has six doubles, one triple and is tied for the team lead with five homers. So far this year, he has posted a .727 slugging percentage.

Elon vs. Cancer
In its third season participating in a head-shaving event to raise funds for cancer research, the Elon baseball team has raised over $17,500 for The Vs. Cancer Foundation this year. It is the highest total raised by the squad in the three-year span and brings the total raised to over $41,500.

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