ELON, N.C. – Riding a season-best, six-game winning streak, the Elon University baseball team will play a home-and-home set against the 17th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons this week. The series will begin with a 6 p.m. game at Wake Forest on Tuesday, April 4, before concluding at Elon’s Latham Park on Wednesday, April 5.
Tickets are available for $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under at Latham Park. Tickets can be purchased at elonphoenix.com or at the ticket windows at Latham Park beginning one hour prior to first pitch.
Free parking for baseball games at Latham Park is available in the Ingold Parking Lot adjacent to the stadium. Parking is also available across the stree in the Hunt Softball Parking Lot.
Latham Park Regulations
• Elon reserves the right to remove from Latham Park anyone who is intoxicated, using foul or abusive language or behaving inappropriately.
• In accordance with Elon University policies, alcohol and tobacco products are prohitbited in Latham Park.
• Per league policy, artificial noisemakers of any kind are prohibited in Latham Park.
• In accordance with Elon University policy, pets are not premitted within the gates of Latham Park. Only service animals may be brought into the facility.
• Umbrellas are prohibited inside Latham Park.
• Only student-athletes, officials and authorized personnel are permitted onto the field.
• Gates open 60 minutes prior to first pitch.
Tuesday – Elon: RFr. LH Owen Lorenz (0-0, 6.23 ERA) vs. Wake Forest: Jr. RH Drew Loepprich (1-2, 4.12 ERA)
Wednesday – Elon: TBA vs. Wake Forest: Fr. RH Colin Peluse (2-0, 6.14 ERA)
In a series that dates to 1909, Elon and Wake Forest have met 93 times on the baseball diamond. Elon is 36-57 in those previous meetings. The two first met in a 7-1 Wake Forest win in 1909. Last year, the Deacs knocked off Elon 4-3 at Latham Park before the return trip to Wake Forest was called early in the contest due to thunderstorms. The two programs have met at least once each season since 2002.
Nearing (And Passing) 100
Three Phoenix players are closing in on the 100-hit mark for their Elon careers. Sophmore Ryne Ogren is the closest with 99 hits in 80 career games. Senior Kyle Jackson has 93 hits in 82 career games and senior Kory Shumate has 77 hits in 109 career contests. Both Jackson and Shumate transferred to Elon. Jackson is in his second year with the team, while Shumate is playing his third season with the Phoenix.
On the mound, senior Jordan Barrett (in his second season in the maroon and gold) picked up the 100th strikeout of his Elon career by striking out the first batter he faced in game two against James Madison. He’s now at 110 career Ks. Senior Nick Beaulac (in his third year with the team) has 99 career Ks in 93.2 innings.
Jackson, Brnovich Honored
The Elon duo of outfielder Kyle Jackson and pitcher Kyle Brnovich nearly made it a clean sweep of the weekly CAA baseball awards on April 3. Jackson was selected as the CAA’s player of the week, while Brnovich was named the co-pitcher of the week and rookie of the week.
Jackson led the Phoenix to a 4-0 week after batting .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and 14 RBI. He went deep twice and drove in a season-best five runs in Tuesday’s win over High Point. On the week, Jackson slugged 1.400 and had a .579 on-base percentage. He also stole one base and recorded two outfield assists.
Brnovich threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Elon blanked James Madison, 3-0, on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep. It was the first career complete game for the righty who carried a no-hitter into the seventh. Brnovich struck out six, his fifth straight game with at least six strikeouts.
Keeping Down the Dukes
In Elon’s three-game conference sweep of James Madison, the Phoenix allowed just three runs. It marked the fewest runs allowed by an Elon team in a league series since surrendering just two runs to Presbyterian in 1992.