ELON, N.C. – A four-run fourth inning by the visiting Wright State Raiders led to an 11-2 Elon Phoenix defeat in non-league baseball action at Latham Park on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Elon (0-4) got two hits from both CJ Young and Danny Lynchto lead the offense.
A trio of Wright State (4-0) players drove in two runs – Sean Murphy (1-for-3, HR, 2 runs), Ryan Fucci (1-for-4) and Adrian Marquez (1-for-2, 3B, run).
Phoenix starter Mason Daniels (0-1) took the loss after surrendering five runs on three hits in 3.0 innings.
Mark Meyer (2-0) picked up his second victory of the weekend as he threw 3.0 scoreless innings in relief of starter Caleb Sampen.
How It Happened: Wright State jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Murphy’s solo homer and a Gabe Snyder sacrifice fly in the first inning. Elon got one back when Young singled home Kyle Jackson.
The Raiders pushed their lead to 6-1 in the fourth, scoring four runs on just one hit. The inning saw Elon pitching walk four and hit two batters before Fucci singled home two.
Elon scored once in the last of the fourth when Lynch singled home Nick Zammarelli.
Wright State would add four more in the seventh and a final marker in the eighth.
Quotable: “It was kind of a kick in the stomach. You work really hard and put a lot of time in to feel like you’re getting to a halfway decent place. Coming in, I didn’t see this coming. It’s a good lesson right off the get-go. That’s a good club; we knew it was. We knew it would be a challenge, but we thought we’d compete a little bit better than that. I think we’re a better club than we showed this weekend.” – Elon head coach Mike Kennedy
On Deck: Elon is scheduled to play its first road game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at UNCG. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Wright State 2 0 0 4 0 0 4 1 0 11 10 0 Elon 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Win – MEYER (2-0).
Loss – Daniels (0-1).
Save – None.
Umpires – HP: Gary Swanson 1B: William Owens 3B: Junior Creech
Start: 1:30 pm Time: 3:13 Attendance: 333
Weather: Ch rain, 67 deg., Winds: SSW11
Daniels faced 3 batters in the 4th.
Crowe faced 1 batter in the 6th.
McGillicuddy faced 1 batter in the 8th.