Elon Welcomes NC State for Tuesday Baseball Action

ELON, N.C. – The lone midweek bout for the Elon baseball team will be contested at Latham Park on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. as the Phoenix welcomes in the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Live Coverage
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. Fans can listen to the game on WSML 104.5 FM and 1200 AM as Taylor Durham and Matt Krause will call the game. The radio feed will also be available at elonphoenix.com. A free video feed will also be available through Phoenix All-Access.

Starting Pitchers
Tuesday, April 7
Elon: RHP Mike Krill (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 20.0 IP, 13 K)
North Carolina State: TBA

The Series
Elon and North Carolina State are meeting for the 43rd time in a series that dates to 1908. It is the second meeting of the year as the Wolfpack ended Elon’s run without being shutout at 77 games in a 14-0 contest in Raleigh on March 24. Elon is 12-40 all-time against the Wolfpack.

Coaching Continuity
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).

Senior Chris King belted his second grand slam of the season in Elon’s 6-2 win over Northeastern on April 3. In his three seasons in a Phoenix uniform, King has hit four career grand slams.

A Strong Offense
Through games played on April 5, the Elon offense ranked among the best in the nation. The Phoenix is rated 67th in hits (299), 29th in scoring (6.9 runs per game) and 51st in on-base percentage (.378).

Power Surge
A year after hitting just 31 home runs as a team, Elon has belted 22 long balls this season. The Phoenix power is led by senior Chris King who has 10 dingers and is among the nation’s leaders in homers. King hit a total of seven home runs in 2014.

Elon Baseball Live Radio Show
The Elon Baseball Live Radio Show returned on Monday, March 30. There will be four more shows this spring, each being broadcast live from Mellow Mushroom on Huffman Mill Road in Burlington from 7-8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out to the show to hear from Phoenix head coach Mike Kennedy and select players. The other dates, all Mondays, will be April 13, April 20, May 4 and May 11.

On Deck
Elon will head to the Charleston, S.C., area for the second time this season this weekend as the Phoenix will play a three-game series at CAA-leader College of Charleston. The two former Southern Conference rivals will begin the set on Friday at 6 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant.