ELON, N.C. — Missed opportunities plagued the Elon baseball team for much of the day as the Phoenix, which stranded nine runners, dropped a 6-2 contest to the visiting High Point Panthers on Saturday at Latham Park.
After keeping High Point (7-4) off the board in the top of the first, Elon (7-3) got runners on second and third, but could not find a way to score.
The Panthers struck for two in the third on a RBI single from Brenden Rivera and a ground out by Cody Manzella.
Trailing 3-0 in the last of the fourth, Elon put together a solid scoring chance. The maroon and gold loaded the bases with two walks and a single, but the Panthers once again escaped damage.
Riding that momentum, High Point upped its lead to 6-0 in the fifth by scoring three runs on three hits.
Elon attempted to claw its way back in to the contest in the seventh as the first two hitters walked. After a ground out advanced both runners, Casey Jones picked up an RBI on a grounder that was misplayed. A bunt by Sebastian Gomez would score a second run, but the Phoenix again left a man on base.
Lucas Bakker (1-1) took the loss after he gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits in 4.1 innings.
The win went to Mike Krumm (2-1) who kept the Phoenix scoreless for five innings. He gave up two hits.
Elon will finish play at the Elon Invitational at 4 p.m. on Sunday by hosting Gardner-Webb.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E High Point 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 6 13 1 Elon 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 1
Win – KRUMM, M. (2-1)
Loss – Bakker (1-1)
Save – None
Umpires – HP: Brett Dickerson 1B: Aaron Seay 3B: Kelly Culp
Start: 12:30 pm Time: 2:45 Attendance:
Weather: 47 deg., Ptly Cldy, Winds:SSE4
LOUREY,C. faced 2 batters in the 7th.