ELON, N.C. – With just six Colonial Athletic Association games remaining on the schedule, the Elon University baseball team will travel to New York to take on the Hofstra Pride in a three-game conference series this weekend. The set is slated to open with a 3 p.m. game on Friday, May 5, before continuing on Saturday at 1 p.m. The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday at Hofstra’s University Field.
Friday – Elon: So. RH Ryan Conroy (4-5, 4.18 ERA) OR Fr. RH George Kirby (1-3, 5.24 ERA) vs. Hofstra: So. LH John Rooney (3-7, 5.66 ERA)
Saturday – Elon: Fr. RH Kyle Brnovich (5-3, 2.65 ERA) vs. Hofstra: Jr. LH Teddy Cillis (0-8, 5.60 ERA)
Sunday – Elon: Sr. LH Jordan Barrett (2-3, 4.19 ERA) vs. Hofstra: TBA
The two program had not met until Elon joined the CAA for the 2015 season. The Phoenix has come out victorious in four of the previous six meetings, including a three-game sweep of the Pride last year at Latham Park.
Nearing (and Passing) 100
Two Phoenix players have passed the 100-hit mark for their Elon careers this season. Sophmore Ryne Ogren reached the 100-hit mark with a double in game one at William & Mary. He now has 120 hits. Senior Kyle Jackson notched his 100th hit in an Elon uniform against High Point and now has 111 hits. Jackson is in his second year with the team.
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 135 career Ks. Senior Nick Beaulac (in his third year with the team) posted his 100th career strikeout against #20 Wake Forest. He now has 103 for his Elon career.
Senior outfielder Kyle Jackson leads the Phoenix with five outfield assists in 2017. That gives the senior 10 in his two seasons in the maroon and gold.
Brnovich Racking Up the Ks
Freshman righty Kyle Brnovich has struck out 80 hitters during his rookie campaign. That marks the second-most by an Elon freshman pitcher during the program’s NCAA Division I tenure. The only player with more is Steven Hensley who fanned 96 hitters in 2006.