ELON, N.C. – With the CAA Tournament approaching, the Elon University baseball team will have one final chance to improve its league standing as the Phoenix hosts the UNCW Seahawks for a three-game series beginning Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. The series at Latham Park also includes a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and concludes with a 1:30 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.
Fans can listen to all three games on WSML 104.5 FM and 1200 AM as well as at elonphoenix.com. A free video stream will also be available all weekend. Friday and Saturday’s contests will be streamed through Phoenix All-Access with Sunday’s game streaming through the NCAA Baseball Facebook page.
Tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 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.
Friday – Elon: Fr. RH George Kirby (1-3, 5.03 ERA) vs. UNCW: So. RH Alex Royalty (7-2, 3.45 ERA)
Saturday – Elon: Sr. LH Jordan Barrett (3-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. UNCW: Fr. LH Zarion Sharpe (5-1, 4.57 ERA)
Sunday – Elon: Fr. RH Kyle Brnovich (5-4, 3.05 ERA) vs. UNCW: So. RH Logan Beehler (5-6, 5.97 ERA)
In a series that dates to 1964, Elon and UNCW have met a total of 60 times on the baseball diamond. The Seahawks hold a 34-26 edge in the all-time series after winning both games in Wilmington last year. In 24 games at Elon, the maroon and gold is 13-11 against UNCW.
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 126 hits. Senior Kyle Jackson notched his 100th hit in an Elon uniform against High Point and now has 113 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 143 career Ks. Senior Nick Beaulac (in his third year with the team) posted his 100th career strikeout against #20 Wake Forest. He now has 104 for his Elon career.
With his 10th home run of the season in game one at Hofstra, senior Kyle Jackson became the first Elon player to hit 10 or more home runs in back-to-back seasons since a trio of players did so in the 2009 and 2010 campaigns (Neal Pritchard, Mike Melillo and Justin Hilt). Jackson homered 12 times in 2016 and has gone deep 11 times in 2017.
Brnovich Racking Up the Ks
Freshman righty Kyle Brnovich has struck out 84 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.