ELON, N.C. — Fresh off a three-game Southern Conference sweep of The Citadel, the Elon baseball team will cap a 14-game homestand with games against North Carolina A&T (Tuesday) and Campbell (Wednesday). Both games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. starts.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on WSOE 89.3 FM. That game will also be a Pack Latham Park game. Tickets will be just $1. Wednesday will be a Take a Kid to the Game day where fans can purchase one ticket at normal price ($5) and receive a free admission for a child (limit one child per adult). Wednesday’s game will air on WPCM 95.1 FM and 920 AM as well as online on Phoenix All-Access.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday vs. North Carolina A&T
Elon – RH Dimitri Lettas (0-0, 2.51 ERA)
N.C. A&T – TBA
Wednesday vs. Campbell
Elon – TBA
Campbell – TBA
Inside the Series
Following a 5-3 setback to North Carolina A&T earlier this season, Elon owns an all-time mark of 46-6-1 against the Aggies. The two first met in 1974 when Elon took a 7-0 victory. Prior to the first meeting this year, the Phoenix had won nine straight in the series. The last A&T win at Elon came on March 11, 2007 – a 14-9 contest.
Elon and Campbell have met 46 times on the diamond. The maroon and gold is 26-20 in those games which date to 1962. The Phoenix and Fighting Camels have not played since May 3, 2008 when Elon defeated Campbell 7-1 at Latham Park. The Phoenix has won six straight in the series. Campbell’s last win over Elon came in Buies Creek, N.C., on April 16, 2002 – a 4-3 game that went 10 innings.
Countdown to 600: 594
Already Elon’s all-time winningest coach, skipperMike Kennedy is closing in on career victory number 600. Kennedy currently has 594 wins to his credit, all in the maroon and gold.
The Phoenix completed its first three SoCon series with a 6-3 record following a three-game sweep of The Citadel Bulldogs, a team picked to place second in the league. The sweep gave Elon 13 victories in its last 14 games against the Bulldogs.
Bakker Makes You Earn It
Over a span of three starts, all wins, junior Lucas Bakker did not allowed an earned run. In fact, Bakker went 29.2 innings without allowing an earned run before giving up two to The Citadel in the opener of the series. Bakker has allowed more than one earned run in just two of his seven starts. It was the second streak of 20+ innings without allowing an earned run by an Elon pitcher in 2014. Earlier this year, junior Jake Stalzer had a streak of 23.1 innings without an earned run.
Now in its 11th season in the Southern Conference, Elon has finished with one of the league’s top-three records in all but one year – 2004, its first in the league when it placed fourth. The maroon in gold is one of just nine teams nationally to have placed in the top three of its league in at least nine out of the last 10 years.
• Coastal Carolina (Big South)
• Cal State Fullerton (Big West)
• Illinois Chicago (Horizon)
• Bethune-Cookman (MEAC)
• Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
• Army (Patriot)
• Southern (SWAC)
• Oral Roberts (Summit)
With its 34 wins in 2013, Elon has recorded 14 consecutive seasons with at least 30 wins. Elon has won 33, 30, 34, 34, 31, 32, 45, 32, 44, 41, 38, 36, 33 and 34 games in that span. In this time, the Phoenix has made six NCAA Division I Regional appearances (2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013).