#22 North Carolina Up Next for Elon Baseball

Posted by Press Release on May 5, 2015 at 5:10 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

ELON, N.C. – The Elon baseball team will play its sixth game of the season against an opponent ranked in the top 25 when the Phoenix visits the 22nd-rated North Carolina Tar Heels for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday, May 6.

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. Fans can also listen to the game live on WSML 104.5 FM and 1200 AM.

Starting Pitchers
Wednesday, May 6
Elon: LHP Jake Stalzer (2-5, 7.80 ERA, 45.0 IP, 24 K)
North Carolina: TBA

The Series
Including a game earlier this year, Elon and UNC have met a total of 43 times on the diamond. The maroon and gold has collected nine wins in the series which began on March 26, 1909.

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).

CAA Tournament Spot Clinched
With its Sunday win at Hofstra, Elon secured a spot in the upcoming, six-team CAA Tournament. The league showcase will be be played at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., from May 20-23.

Power Game
In a Sunday win at Hofstra, Elon belted four homers, the most by the Phoenix since a five-homer game at College of Charleston on April 23, 2010. In the first innng, Nick Zammarelli and Ryan Cooper hit back-to-back shots. That marked the first back-to-back homers by the maroon and gold since May 23, 2013 vs. College of Charleston.

Elon Baseball Live Radio Show
The Elon Baseball Live Radio Show will be broadcast once more 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 date will be May 18.

On Deck
The Phoenix will conclude CAA play by hosting Delaware for a three-game series this weekend. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and a 1:30 p.m. tilt on Sunday. Elon will recognize 11 seniors prior to Sunday’s game.


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