ELON, N.C. – Junior
lefthander Spencer Medick and three
relief pitchers combined to pitch a four-hitter as Elon University (21-17)
edged the Tigers (17-18), 6-2, in the third and deciding game of their
three-game weekend series at Barcroft Park.
pitched the first six innings and allowed two unearned runs on four hits with
one walk and one strikeout. Junior southpaw Andrew McDowell threw a scoreless seventh inning before junior
righthander Jordan Darnell pitched a
perfect eighth inning. Junior righthander Nate
Young closed out the win with a scoreless ninth inning.
the bottom of the second inning, Elon took a 2-0 lead against freshman
righthander Nick Cioffi. Third
baseman Tyler McVicar led off with a
double to rightfield. Leftfielder Jake
Luce reached on a bunt single to put runners on first and third. First baseman
Casey Jones gave the Phoenix a 1-0
lead with a sacrifice fly. Designated hitter Blaine Bower grounded into a force play before Cioffi walked
rightfielder Eric Serra. An RBI
single by second baseman Quinn Bower
scored Blaine Bower to give Elon a
2-0 advantage. Cioffi retired shortstop Sebastian
Gomez on a fly ball, ending the inning.
the fourth inning, the Tigers cut their deficit to 2-1 by scoring an unearned
run. Freshman first baseman Brendan Butler led off the inning and reached base when he was hit by a pitch.
Butler reached second base on a wild pitch and advanced to third base on a
throwing error by catcher Alex Swim.
Butler scored the Tigers’ first run when freshman Peter Bowles hit a sacrifice fly.
the bottom of the fifth, freshman righthander Paul Beersrelieved Cioffi. With one out, McVicar singled to third
base. When Beers issued back-to-back walks to Luce and Jones, Elon had the
bases loaded. Blaine Bower singled to right, driving in a run. Elon upped its
lead to 4-1 when Serra was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, driving in
another run. A two-run double by Quinn Bower gave Elon a 6-1 advantage. Beers
pitched out of the inning when he retired the next two hitters on fly balls.
the sixth inning, the Tigers pulled to with 6-2 when sophomore second baseman Pat Fitzgeraldreached base on an
infield single and advanced to second base on a throwing error. He reached base
when sophomore Dominic Fratantuonogrounded out to first base. A sacrifice fly by Butler scored Fitzgerald.
Elon took a 6-2 lead, sophomore righthanderChris Acker pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
the Tigers couldn’t manage any hits against Elon’s three relief pitchers.
led the Tigers with two hits and scored a run. He batted .462 in the series
who hit .667 against Elon, went one-for-one with a walk and a sacrifice fly.
Bower led Elon with three hits and three runs batted in.
Tigers return to Schuerholz Park on Tuesday when they open a five-game home
stand with a non-conference game against Mount St. Mary’s at 3:00 p.m.
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