Elon Baseball Phoenix Set for Home-and-Home With Demon Deacons

Posted by Press Release on March 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – Elon baseball begins a stretch of five consecutive games against in-state opponents by hosting the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening at Latham Park. The two will then play at 6 p.m. in Winston-Salem on Wednesday night.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow the Phoenix via live stats by going to the Elon baseball schedule page at elonphoenix.com. Twitter updates will be posted on the @ElonScores account or fans can register to have score updates texted to their phone. Tuesday’s game will have a live audio stream available through Phoenix All-Access. Wednesday’s game will also be available online through Phoenix All-Access, but will be the first to air on the radio this season. Fans can catch the game, called by Taylor Durham and Matt Krause, live on WPCM 95.1 FM and 920 AM as well as through the free TuneIn app on your smart phone.

Starting Pitchers
Tuesday, March 10
Elon: LHP Jake Stalzer (1-1, 5.14 ERA, 14.0 IP, 10 K)
Wake Forest: RHP Paul Kirkpatrick (1-0, 6.30 ERA, 10.0 IP, 9 K)

Wednesday, March 11
Elon: TBA
Wake Forest: TBA

The Series
Elon and Wake Forest have played a total of 90 times, including the first meeting in 1909. Elon has claimed 35 victories to 55 by the Demon Deacons. The two played just once last season, with Wake Forest collecting a 3-2 win in 12 innings at Latham Park.

Coaching Continuity
Elon skipper Mike Kennedy is in his 19th year at the helm of his alma mater, but what may be more impressive is the tenure of his staff. Associate head coach Greg Starbuck is in his 17th season at Elon and assistant coach Robbie Huffstetler is in his 12th year in the maroon and gold. That group is one of just six in Division I baseball to have been together for at least 12 seasons. The others are Minnesota (33/30/17), Lamar (38/17/15), Miami (22/16/13), Virginia (12/12/12) and Gonzaga (12/12/12).

In the State
With 18 NCAA Division I baseball programs in the state of North Carolina, Elon rarely has to venture far for games. This year, the Phoenix will play 20 games against in-state foes. So far, the maroon and gold is 3-1 against teams from North Carolina.

CAA Era Begins
On July 1, 2014, Elon became a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and enters its first foray into CAA play this season. The Phoenix’s first league series will come at home against James Madison from March 20-22.

On Deck
Following the two mid-week bouts with Wake Forest, Elon will welcome East Carolina to Latham Park for a three-game series this weekend. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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