Baseball Drops Home Game to Towson

ELON, NC – Elon University baseball could not overcome an early 8-1 deficit as the Phoenix (24-23, 8-11 CAA) fell to Towson 12-6 on Saturday, May 14 at Latham Park. The CAA series is now tied at a game apiece.

ON THE MOUND
brian edgeton (6-4) was handed the loss after giving up eight runs (seven earned) on four hits and three walks. The Hatboro, Pa. native struck out a pair in the 1.2 inning start. Cam Seguin then allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with one strikeout over 1.1 innings in relief. Trevor Kirk was responsible for the other run on three hits over four complete innings of work. He did not walk anyone and tallied three punch outs. Spencer Bauer and Jake Nolan also made appearances.

AT THE PLATE
luke stephenson hit a three-run home run and doubled twice to lead Elon at the plate. He finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Cole Reynolds (3-for-4) doubled and drove in a run and Griffin Arnone (2-for-4) scored once and added a walk. Connor Coolahan contributed a 1-for-3 outing with two runs and two walks, Will Vergantino batted 1-for-4 and Alex Yadisernia went 1-for-5.

THE RUNDOWN
Both teams scored a run in the first inning. Towson’s Nolan Young reached on an Elon fielding error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third on a failed pickoff attempt. He then came home on an Elijah Dickerson sacrifice fly to right to give the Tigers (12-37, 2-17) the early 1-0 lead. The Phoenix answered in the home half of the inning as a Stephenson double to right center was enough for Coolahan to score from first.

The visitors broke open the game with seven runs on four hits and an error in the top of the second. Towson’s offensive spurt was highlighted by a two-run blast from Burke Camper and a three-run shot by Jack McLaughlin. The maroon and gold was able to get back four runs in the bottom of the third. With two outs and and runners on first and second, Stephenson hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right center to close the gap, 8-4. Granatell was then hit by a pitch and came around on a Reynolds double down the right-field line. However, Townson answered with another four runs in the top of the fourth. A runner scored from third on an infield hit back to Seguin before Chandler Castleberry plated another three runs with a long ball to center field.

Stephenson led off the fifth inning with a double to left and reached third base on a wild pitch. He then crossed the plate on a Granatell ground out to short. Elon had another opportunity with no outs and runners on first and second in the sixth, but Coolahan lined into a 6-4 double play as Towson erased the lead runner. Iadisernia singled up the middle and took a second on a wild pitch to put runners in scoring position, but Stephenson went down swinging to end the frame. In the eighth inning, Vergantino led off with a base hit through the left side and moved up to a second on a wild pitch. However, he was also left stranded as Arnone and Coolahan both went down looking. Towson then retired the Phoenix in order in the ninth to end the game.

NOTES
– The all-time series now stands at 18-5 in favor of the Phoenix.
– Elon outhit Towson 11-10 and left eight runners on base.
– The Phoenix batted .306 (11-for-36) in the game, to include .385 (5-for-13) with two outs and .250 (5-for-20) with runners on.
– This was Stephenson’s seventh multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game.
– Stephenson set new season highs in doubles and RBIs.
– Stephen’s home run was his 10th of the season and 17th of his career.
– Iadisernia has now reached in 10 straight games and pushed his hitting streak to five games.

UP NEXT
Tomorrow’s rubber match is scheduled for a 1 pm start.

-ELON-

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