ELON, North Carolina – Elon University baseball couldn’t 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 one game apiece.
IN THE FIELD
Brian Edgington (6-4) suffered the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on four hits and three walks. The Hatboro, Pa., native struck out a pair in 1.2 innings. Cam Seguin then allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk with one strikeout in 1.1 innings in relief. Trevor Kirk was responsible for the other run on three hits in four full innings of work. He walked no one and counted three punches. Spencer Bauer and Jacques Nolan also made appearances.
ON THE PLATE
Luke Stephenson hit a three-run homer and doubled twice to lead Elon to the plate. He went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Cole Reynolds (3-for-4) doubled and drove in a run and Arnone Griffin (2 for 4) scored once and added a walk. Connor Coolahan contributed a 1-for-3 outing with two runs and two walks, Vergantino hit 1 for 4 and Alex Iadisernia went 1 for 5.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning. Towson’s Nolan Young reached a field error from Elon, went second on a wild pitch and took third on a failed takedown attempt. He then came home on a sacrifice steal from Elijah Dickerson down the right to give the Tigers (12-37, 2-17) the first 1-0 lead. The Phoenix responded in the home half of the inning as a double from Stephenson to center right was enough for Coolahan to score from the first.
The visitors opened the game with seven runs on four hits and an error in the top of the second. Towson’s offensive push was highlighted by a burst two-pointer from Burke Camper and a three-point shot from Jack McLaughlin. The brown and gold managed to recover four points at the end of the third. With two outs and runners at first and second, Stephenson hit a 2-2 shot off the wall to right center to close the gap, 8-4. Granatell was then hit by a pitch and came back on a brace from Reynolds on the right field line. However, Towson responded with four more runs in the top of the fourth. A runner scored from third on an inside hit against Seguin before Chandler Castleberry hit three more runs with a long ball to center field.
Stephenson started the fifth inning with a left double and reached third base on a wild pitch. He then crossed the plate on a short Granatell pitch. Elon had another no-outs and runners opportunity at first and second in the sixth, but Coolahan lined up in a 6-4 double play as Towson obliterated the lead runner. Iadisernia picked the middle and took second on wild pitch to put the runners in scoring position, but Stephenson fell swinging to end the frame. In the eighth inning, Vergantino started with a hit down the left side and moved up to second on a wild pitch. However, it also got stuck as both Arnone and Coolahan fell in search. Towson then retired the Phoenix in order in the ninth to end the game.
– The all-time series now stands at 18-5 in favor of the Phoenix.
– Elon beat Towson 11-10 and left eight runners on base.
– The Phoenix went .306 (11 for 36) in the game, to include .385 (5 for 13) with two outs and .250 (5 for 20) with runners.
– This was Stephenson’s seventh multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game.
– Stephenson set new season highs in doubles and RBIs.
– Stephen’s homer was his 10th of the season and 17th of his career.
– Iadisernia has now hit 10 straight games and pushed their hitting streak to five games.
Tomorrow’s rubber match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.