ELON, N.C. – The Elon baseball team will continue its eight-game homestand with a pair of midweek contests against the 14th-ranked Maryland Terrapins this week. The Phoenix and Terps will meet at 4 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Fans can follow the Phoenix via live stats by going to the Elon baseball schedule page at elonphoenix.com. Twitter updates will be posted on the @ElonScores account or fans can register to have score updates texted to their phone. Both games will also be available to watch via Phoenix All-Access, Elon’s free video portal, as Matt Krause and Justin Biegel will call the action.
Tuesday, March 17
Elon: RHP Lucas Bakker (2-3, 9.00 ERA, 22.0 IP, 16 K)
Wednesday, March 18
Elon and Maryland have played 12 times before, but have not met since a three-game series at Elon in 2001. Both squads have claimed six victories with the maroon and gold coming out victorious in the last four. The first meeting was a 6-5 Maryland win on Feb. 21, 1998. All 12 games have been played at Latham Park.
Elon’s first season as an NCAA Division I member was the 2000. The maroon and gold has been knocking off top-25 teams since its transition to Division I play began prior to the 2000 campaign. Since 1999, Elon has recorded 24 victories over ranked opponents, including a 7-6 win at #21 Liberty last season.
Elon skipper Mike Kennedy is in his 19th year at the helm of his alma mater, but what may be more impressive is the tenure of his staff. Associate head coach Greg Starbuck is in his 17th season at Elon and assistant coach Robbie Huffstetler is in his 12th year in the maroon and gold. That group is one of just six in Division I baseball to have been together for at least 12 seasons. The others are Minnesota (33/30/17), Lamar (38/17/15), Miami (22/16/13), Virginia (12/12/12) and Gonzaga (12/12/12).
CAA Era Begins
On July 1, 2014, Elon became a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and enters its first foray into CAA play this season. The Phoenix’s first league series will come at home against James Madison from March 20-22.
Elon will wrap up its eight-game homestand by beginning CAA play against James Madison this weekend. The series is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, with games Saturday and Sunday starting at 4 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.