ELON, N.C. – Winners of its last five conference games, the Elon University baseball team will travel to Williamsburg, Va., for a three-game CAA series against the William & Mary Tribe this weekend. The series is slated to begin on Friday, April 7, with a 6 p.m. first pitch. The teams will then play on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday – Elon: So. RH Ryan Conroy (4-1, 2.85 ERA) vs. W&M: Sr. RH Daniel Powers (2-3, 6.16 ERA)
Saturday – Elon: Sr. LH Jordan Barrett (2-2, 4.78 ERA) vs. W&M: So. LH Bodie Sheehan (4-2, 3.72 ERA)
Sunday – Elon: Fr. RH Kyle Brnovich (2-2, 2.50 ERA) vs. So. LH Nick Raquet (1-1, 2.12 ERA)
Six of the 16 all-time meetings between Elon and William & Mary have come over the past two seasons since the Phoenix joined the CAA. The Tribe has claimed four wins in those six games. Overall, the two programs have evenly split the 16 contests in the series that began in 1916.
Nearing (And Passing) 100
Three Phoenix players are closing in on the 100-hit mark for their Elon careers. Sophmore Ryne Ogren is the closest with 99 hits in 81 career games. Senior Kyle Jackson has 94 hits in 83 career games and senior Kory Shumate has 77 hits in 110 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, senior Jordan Barrett (in his second season in the maroon and gold) picked up the 100th strikeout of his Elon career by striking out the first batter he faced in game two against James Madison. He’s now at 110 career Ks. Senior Nick Beaulac (in his third year with the team) has 99 career Ks in 93.2 innings.
Jackson, Brnovich Honored
The Elon duo of outfielder Kyle Jackson and pitcher Kyle Brnovich nearly made it a clean sweep of the weekly CAA baseball awards on April 3. Jackson was selected as the CAA’s player of the week, while Brnovich was named the co-pitcher of the week and rookie of the week. Jackson also was one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week.
Jackson led the Phoenix to a 4-0 week after batting .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and 14 RBI. He went deep twice and drove in a season-best five runs in Tuesday’s win over High Point. On the week, Jackson slugged 1.400 and had a .579 on-base percentage. He also stole one base and recorded two outfield assists.
Brnovich threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Elon blanked James Madison, 3-0, on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep. It was the first career complete game for the righty who carried a no-hitter into the seventh. Brnovich struck out six, his fifth straight game with at least six strikeouts.
Keeping Down the Dukes
In Elon’s three-game conference sweep of James Madison, the Phoenix allowed just three runs. It marked the fewest runs allowed by an Elon team in a league series since surrendering just two runs to Presbyterian in 1992.