Elon Homers Lead Baseball Phoenix Past Hofstra

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Nick Zammarelli homered twice and both Casey Jones and Ryan Cooper added long balls at the Elon Phoenix claimed a 12-10 victory over Hofstra in game three of a CAA baseball series on Sunday afternoon.

The win improved the maroon and gold to 23-23 overall and 12-9 in CAA action. The Pride dropped to 18-27, 5-16.

Zammarelli, Cooper, Jones and Austin Leeney all had two-RBI days for Elon. Cooper collected three hits in the win.

For Hofstra, Brett Johnson was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Lucas Bakker (5-5) struck out eight in seven innings to get the win. He was charged with five runs. Jake Stalzer recorded the final out to garner his first save of the year.

Nick Kozlowski (1-6) took the loss after he gave up seven runs on five hits in 2.1 innings.

Up next: Elon will remain on the road for a 6 p.m. game at North Carolina on Wednesday, May 6.

How it happened: Elon scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed in the game. With one out, Quinn Bower drew a walk. After Bower swiped second, Chris King delivered the first run with a double down the right field line. The Phoenix then got back-to-back homers from Cooper and Zammarelli to make it a 4-0 game.

Inside the box score: Elon was 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 7-for-14 with runners on base … Elon’s four home runs were a season high … Five of the Phoenix’s 10 hits went for extra bases … Bakker’s eight K’s were one shy of a matching his career high.

Notes: Elon’s four homers were the most in a game by the Phoenix since a five-homer game at College of Charleston on April 23, 2010 … The back-to-back homers were the first by Elon since shots by Ryan Kinsella and Sebastian Gomez vs. College of Charleston on May 23, 2013 … Bower’s stolen base was the 61st of his career, breaking a tie for seventh with David Whitley (1978-81) on the program’s all-time chart.