ELON, N.C. – With seeding in the upcoming CAA Tournament on the line, Kyle Brnovich dominated the William & Mary Tribe as the Elon University baseball team took the series opener by a 6-2 margin at Latham Park on Thursday, May 17.
Brnovich (8-2) allowed just one unearned run on three hits over 8.0 innings to earn the win. He had faced just one over the minimum through seven innings of work. The sophomore struck out nine to climb into third place on Elon’s career chart with 244 and into fifth place in CAA history with 141 strikeouts this season. His season total is just 10 shy of the league record of 151 set by Justin Verlander in 2004.
Elon (33-21, 14-8 CAA) got a pair of RBI from Garrett Stonehouse, while Zach Evers, Ryne Ogren, Joe Satterfield and Ty Adcock all had two-hit days.
William & Mary (15-37, 3-19 CAA) tallied four hits on the day, two each from Colin Lipke and Owen Socher.
Taking the loss was Bodie Sheehan (2-9) who allowed five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.
How It Happened: The Phoenix plated the first run of the game in the last of the third inning when Josh Broughton scored on a Stonehouse sacrifice fly.
Elon extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth. Broughton started things off with a single and moved to second on a one-out walk. Ogren followed with a single to the gap in right to drive home Broughton before Satterfield singled up the middle to plate the second marker of the frame.
With two down and James Venuto on second in the last of the sixth, Evers lined a single to right-center to give the maroon and gold a 4-0 advantage. After swiping second, Evers would score on a Stonehouse single to center.
Elon plated its final run in the seventh when Satterfield scored on a double play.
William & Mary broke through for one unearned run in the eighth. Lipke led off with a double before an error allowed the next hitter to reach. After a Socher single loaded the bases, Brnovich issued his lone walk of the day to force home a run. From there, he got a strikeout and a ground ball to escape the inning.
The Tribe added one more in the ninth when Lipke singled home Ryan Hall who had led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Notes: Elon’s 14 CAA wins are the most for the program since joining the league for the 2015 season… Brnovich has thrown 21.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run… Evers stole his 22nd base of the season, the most by a Phoenix player since Harry Austin swiped 22 in 2011… Elon’s 23 home victories are the most for the team since winning 24 games at Latham Park in 2008.
On Deck: Elon and William & Mary are scheduled to play game two of the series on Friday, May 18. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.