ELON, N.C. — The Elon baseball squad will play its final home Southern Conference series this weekend as the Phoenix welcomes in the Davidson Wildcats for three games. The series begins with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday night and continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. The finale will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Prior to the last game of the set, Elon will recognize five seniors – Jacob Baker, Grant Fisher, Sebastian Gomez, Sam Paone and Ryan Pennell.
All three contests will be carried live on WPCM 95.1 FM and 920 AM as well as on elonphoenix.com.
Weekend promotions include “Free Stuff Friday” during which fans well be given a gift upon entering the stadium. Saturday will be the final “Family Meal Deal” of the year. For just $30, a family can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks. Sunday will be “Sunday Funday” with inflatables and cornhole boards. Following the game, kids are invited to run the bases.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Elon – RH Lucas Bakker (5-2, 2.72 ERA)
Davidson – LH Rob Bain (3-2, 5.62 ERA)
Elon – RH Michael Elefante (6-2, 4.33 ERA)
Davidson – RH Danny Mooney (4-3, 2.26 ERA)
Elon – TBA
Davidson – RH Nick Neitzel (6-0, 3.26 ERA)
Inside the SeriesIn a series that began with one game in 1908, Elon and Davidson have met for 69 baseball games all-time. The maroon and gold holds a 38-30-1 edge in the series and has won 22 of the 28 games since joining the SoCon for the 2004 campaign.
Overall: Elon leads 38-30-1
At Elon: Elon leads 17-11-1
At Davidson: Elon leads 20-18
At Neutral Site: None
Last 10 Meetings: Elon leads 8-2
Already Elon’s all-time winningest coach, skipper Mike Kennedy achieved a milestone by winning his 600th career game with a 12-2 victory at Wofford on April 12. Kennedy currently has 602 wins to his credit, all in the maroon and gold.
All-Time in the SoCon
In its 11th season in the SoCon, Elon has posted a .662 (204-104) winning percentage in league games. That ranks as the third-best winning percentage by any of the 22 teams that have ever played baseball in the SoCon.
Junior Casey Jones saw his 26-game hitting streak come to a close with an 0-for-4 against UNC Wilmington on April 22. During the streak, which began on March 9 at Coastal Carolina, Jones went 44-for-93 (.473) with 11 doubles, three triples and two homers. He drove in 22 runs in that span. Jones recorded two or more hits in 16 of the 26 games. Since then, Jones has a hit in three straight games, going 5-for-11 (.455) with four RBI.
Extra Base Machine
In 30 games this season, junior Tyler McVicar has gone 22-for-77 (.286) at the plate. Of his 22 hits, 14 have gone for extra bases. McVicar has eight doubles, one triple and is tied for the team lead with five homers. So far this year, he has posted a .610 slugging percentage.
On Wednesday, April 23, the NCBWA announced the 50 players on the mid-season watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award. Among those on the list was Elon senior Ryan Pennell who, at the time of the announcement, led the team, was tied for first in the league and ranked fifth nationally with 11 saves. The award is presented annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball.