Elon Baseball Closes Out Road Portion of CAA Slate at Hofstra

Posted by Press Release on April 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – The Elon baseball team will hit the road and travel to Hempstead, N.Y., for its final CAA series in its inaugural season in the league as the Phoenix takes on the Hofstra Pride. The three-game set is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Game two will begin at 2 p.m., on May 2 and the finale will be played at 1 p.m. on May 3.

Elon Vs. Cancer
For the fourth straight year, the Elon baseball team will join forces with much of the collegiate baseball family to help raise money to fight childhood cancer. This season, the Phoenix will partner with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to hold a head-shaving event following its 1:30 p.m. game with Delaware on Sunday, May 10.

All players and coaches on the Elon roster will have their heads shaved in support of this important cause. In the past three years, Elon’s head-shaving events raised over $43,000 that went toward fighing childhood cancer.

To donate, visit team.vs-cancer.org/elonbaseball.

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.

Starting Pitchers
Friday, May 1
Elon: RHP Nick Beaulac (4-1, 4.19 ERA, 34.1 IP, 47 K)
Hofstra: RHP Bowie Matteson (1-2, 5.36 ERA, 12 BB, 26 K)

Saturday, May 2
Elon: TBA or RHP Lucas Bakker (4-5, 5.74 ERA, 64.1 IP, 28 BB, 42 K)
Hofstra: RHP Alec Eisenberg (3-4, 6.15 ERA, 41.0 IP, 22 BB, 22 K)

Sunday, May 3
Elon: TBA or RHP Lucas Bakker (4-5, 5.74 ERA, 64.1 IP, 28 BB, 42 K)
Hofstra: RHP Nick Kozlowski (1-5, 8.83 ERA, 35.2 IP, 31 BB, 26 K)

The Series
This will be the first-ever baseball match-up between Elon and Hofstra.

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).

Zammarelli Named CAA POW
Nick Zammarelli was recognized as the CAA Player of the Week on Monday, April 27. Zammarelli hit .526 (10-for-19) with five runs scored, three doubles, a home run and 13 RBI in five games. He had at least one hit and two RBI in all five contests and posted an .842 slugging percentage and had a .625 on-base percentage.

Top-25 Series Win
Elon was able to win two games in its three-game series with #22 UNCW. It marked the first time that Elon won a series against a ranked team since sweeping a two-game, midweek set at #5 Clemson in March of 2010. The last time it happened during a weekend was in 2005 when the Phoenix took two from #22 Coastal Carolina.

Elon Baseball Live Radio Show
The Elon Baseball Live Radio Show will be broadcast two more times this spring. Each show is broadcast live from Mellow Mushroom on Huffman Mill Road in Burlington from 7-8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out to the show to hear from Phoenix head coach Mike Kennedy and select players. The final dates will be May 4 and May 18.

On Deck
Upon returning to North Carolina, Elon will make the short trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a 6 p.m., game on Wednesday, May 6 at North Carolina.


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