ELON, N.C. — Elon will play its final Southern Conference baseball series this weekend as the Phoenix visits the Furman Paladins for three games in Greenville, S.C. The series begins with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday evening.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Elon – RH Lucas Bakker (6-2, 3.09 ERA)
Furman – RH Matt Solter (1-5, 4.19 ERA)
Elon – RH Matt Harris (3-1, 3.56 ERA)
Furman – RH Jacques de Gruy (2-3, 4.96 ERA)
Elon – TBA
Furman – RH Tyler Wood (5-2, 5.17 ERA)
Inside the Series
Elon and Furman first met on the baseball diamond on April 22, 1913 with the Paladins earning a 12-3 victory. The two sides have met for a total of 44 games with Elon leading the all-time series by a 27-17 margin. A year ago, Elon and Furman met five times with the Paladins winning three times.
Overall: Elon leads 27-17
At Elon: Elon leads 13-4
At Furman: Elon leads 13-11
At Neutral Site: Elon trails 1-0
Last 10 Meetings: Tied 5-5
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 603 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 .659 (205-106) 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.
With four regular season games remaining, Elon’s Casey Jones is trying to become the third Phoenix player to hit .400 or better on the year during the program’s Division I tenure. Jones is currently leading the Southern Conference with a .411 batting average (72-175) through 48 games. Jones has failed to get a hit in only five games all season. The only other Elon players to finish the year with an average over .400 were Cory Harrilchak (.410 in 2008) and Pat Irvine (.402 in 2009).
He’s a Smart One
Elon junior outfielder Quinn Bower was one of 11 players selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 baseball team which was announced on May 1. Bower, who sports a 3.86 GPA as a finance major, was Elon’s first pick to the team since catcher Mike Melillo in 2010. He is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Extra Base Machine
In 33 games this season, junior Tyler McVicar has gone 25-for-88 (.284) at the plate. Of his 25 hits, 16 have gone for extra bases. McVicar has nine doubles, one triple and is tied for the team lead with six homers. So far this year, he has posted a .614 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.