Elon Baseball Completes Series Sweep of UNCG

ELON, NC – Elon University baseball defeated UNCG 10-4 on Monday, March 14 at Latham Park to complete the series sweep of the Spartans. The Phoenix improves to 9-6 with the win.

“Great win for us today,” said head coach Mike Kennedy† “Thought we did a very good job of taking advantage of some mistakes on their part. We really did a great job of extending innings and doing some damage with two outs. I really liked how we answered them each time they scored in the fourth and fifth innings Samuel Frontino and Alex Iadisernia had really good says at the plate for us.”

ON THE MOUND
Jake Nolan (1-0) picked up the win after throwing one complete inning in relief. The true freshman from Vero Beach, Fla. allowed one run and one walk while recording one strikeout. Starter Cole Reynolds gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout through 4.0 innings. Elon also called upon Sam Dillela, Liam Dabagian and Ben Sierackic

AT THE PLATE
Frontino drove in two runs, scored once and walked once in a 2-for-3 day while Iadisernia hit a three-run blast, drove in four runs and added a run scored in a 2-for-5 effort. Parker Haskinthe CAA Player of the Week, had the team’s other multi-hit performance as he also finished 2-for-5. Charlie Granatell tripled, walked twice and scored three ties in a 1-for-3 outing. Luke Stephenson contributed a 1-for-5 effort with a solo home run and Connor Coolahan went 1-for-2 with three runs, an RBI and a base on balls. Bryce Jeske and Griffin Arnone both hit 1-for-4 with Arnone adding a triple and a run to his totals.

THE RUNDOWN
Elon got started in the home half of the first inning as Granatell led off with a triple down the right-field line. After Frontino worked a full count for a walk, Iadisernia brought Granatell home with a single through the left side of the UNCG defense. The Phoenix then tacked on two more in the second to go up 3-0. With two outs, Arnone legged out a triple and came home on a Collahan single that hit off the pitcher. Granatell then reached on a fielding error by the Spartans’ shortstop and Coolahan scored from second on a Frontino single to center field.

UNCG got to within a run at 3-2 with runs in the third and fourth innings. Hogan Windish led off the third with a deep fly over the scoreboard. A single through the left side then allowed a runner to score from second in the top of the fourth. However, the momemtum shifted back to Elon in the bottom of the frame. Coolahan and Granatell drew back-to-back walks and Iadisernia made it a 6-2 lead with a home run center. Elon then went back-to-back as Stephenson also homered to center field.

The Spartans got back a run with another solo shot in the fifth, but the Phoenix responded with three more runs in its next turn at the plate. With two outs and runners on first and second, Frontino came through with an RBI single to center field. Iadisernia then reached third on an error by the UNCG right fielder as two more runners touched home for the 10-3 advantage. UNCG rounded out the scoring as Dosi Jonas hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth.

NOTES
– Elon now leads the all-time series, 40-26.
– This is the second series sweep of the season for the Phoenix.
– Elon sweeps UNCG for the first time since the 2013 season.
– This was the first career win for Nolan.
– Elon’s pitchers combined for five strikeouts and two walks.
– It was the sixth time this season and the second game in a row that the Phoenix recorded double-digit hits.
– The Phoenix hit .295 with a .527 slugging percentage and a .417 on-base percentage in the series.
– Elon outscored UNCG, 27-13 through the three games.
– This was the fourth multi-home run game for the maroon and gold this season.

UP NEXT
Elon is back in action tomorrow as the Phoenix welcomes No. 29 NC State to Latham Park for a 4 p.m. game. Ian Evans is expected to get the start for the maroon and golf while the Wolfpack (9-6) will go with Logan Whitaker. NC State dropped both of its games against No. 3 Notre Dame this past weekend in Raleigh.

-ELON-

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