ELON, N.C. – The Elon University baseball team will wrap up its season home-and-home series with East Carolina on Tuesday, March 21, as the Phoenix plays host to the Pirates at 6 p.m. at Latham Park.
ECU comes in to the game ranked 25th nationally. The contest will mark the fifth for Elon against a top-25 foe this season (three at Clemson, one at East Carolina).
Tickets are available for $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at elonphoenix.com or at the ticket windows at Latham Park beginning one hour prior to first pitch.
Free parking for baseball games at Latham Park is available in the Ingold Parking Lot adjacent to the stadium. Parking is also available across the stree in the Hunt Softball Parking Lot.
Latham Park Regulations
• Elon reserves the right to remove from Latham Park anyone who is intoxicated, using foul or abusive language or behaving inappropriately.
• In accordance with Elon University policies, alcohol and tobacco products are prohitbited in Latham Park.
• Per league policy, artificial noisemakers of any kind are prohibited in Latham Park.
• In accordance with Elon University policy, pets are not premitted within the gates of Latham Park. Only service animals may be brought into the facility.
• Umbrellas are prohibited inside Latham Park.
• Only student-athletes, officials and authorized personnel are permitted onto the field.
• Gates open 60 minutes prior to first pitch.
Baseball Alumni Weekend
The Elon University baseball team will welcome back former players for an Alumni Weekend when the Phoenix takes on CAA foe James Madison March 31-April 2. Over the course of the weekend, the teams from 1985, 1987, 1989, 1997 and 2002 will be recognized, however, Alumni Weekend is open to all former Elon players from any era.
For more information on the event, or to register for the weekend, click HERE.
Tuesday – Elon: Jr. RH Robbie Welhaf (2-2, 4.84 ERA) vs. ECU: Jr. RH Davis Kirkpatrick (0-0, 2.45 ERA)
Tuesday’s bout will mark the 49th all-time meeting between Elon and East Carolina on the basebal diamond. ECU holds a 46-31-1 edge in the series following a 7-2 win in Greenville, N.C., earlier this season. The two first met in a 7-1 Elon victory in 1940. With the exception of 2014, the two programs have met at least once each season since 2007.
In its third season in the CAA, the league’s coaches selected the Phoenix to finish fifth in the preseason poll. Senior CJ Young was honored as a preseason all-CAA selection.
1. UNCW (8)
2. William & Mary (1)
3. College of Charleston
6. James Madison
Oh Captain, My Captain
Head coach Mike Kennedy announced prior to the 2017 season that five players will serve as team captains this year. Seniors Jordan Barrett, Danny Crowe and Will Nance will be joined by sophomore Ryne Ogren and red-shirt freshman Cam Devanney as the Phoenix captains in 2017.
Three Phoenix players are closing in on the 100-hit mark for their Elon careers. Sophmore Ryne Ogren is the closest with 86 hits in 72 career games. Senior Kyle Jackson has 78 hits in 74 career games and senior Kory Shumate has 74 hits in 104 career contests. Both Jackson and Shumate transferred to Elon. Jackson is in his second year with the team, while Shumate is playing his third season with the Phoenix.
On the mound, two pitchers are nearing 100 career strikeouts. Senior Nick Beaulac (in his third year with the team) has 98 career Ks in 92.2 innings. Senior Jordan Barrett (in his second season with the maroon and gold) has 95 Ks in 96.1 innings.
Elon’s 2017 schedule features 14 games against teams that participated in NCAA Tournament action a year ago. Of the Phoenix’s 14 non-conference opponents, seven were selected to finish in the top three of their league (or division). Among them were league (or division) preseason favorites in East Carolina (1st AAC), UNCG (1st SoCon), High Point (1st Big South) and North Carolina (1st ACC Coastal Division).