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Elon baseball team knocks off Wake Forest; big conference series ahead


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

In what shapes up as perhaps the biggest week of the season for Elon’s baseball team is off to a stellar start.

The Phoenix upended No. 2 Wake Forest 5-3 on Tuesday night at Latham Park.

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Elon (20-9) beat a team ranked in the top two nationally for the third time in 18 all-time attempts.

Tanner Holliman homered and five Elon relievers combined for six scoreless innings after Wake Forest (26-4) scored three first-inning runs. Spencer Bauer (3-0) worked two innings for the victory, and Ben Simon notched his sixth save.

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The outcome avenged Elon’s 20-0 loss March 21 in Winston-Salem. It’s the first victory for the Phoenix at home against Wake Forest since 2012.

Elon has won three in a row and 13 of its last 15 games.

Next for the Phoenix (10-2 Colonial Athletic Association) is a monumental three-game CAA series against visiting UNC Wilmington (18-10, 9-3), which is second in the league.

The teams meet Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Photos courtesy of Elon Athletics

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