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Elon blanks Wake Forest in baseball upset


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Elon did it again to nationally-ranked Wake Forest in baseball.

Four pitchers combined in a nine-hitter, and Alex Duffey smacked a two-run home run as the host Phoenix pulled a 3-0 upset Tuesday night at Latham Park.

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Alex Duffey

Elon (17-23) tacked on a third run in the fourth inning when former Wake Forest player James Broderick’s double knocked in what became the game’s final run. Kolby Pascarelli, Carson Wehner, Tristan Corcoran, and Sam Nomura pitched for the Phoenix.

Kolby Pascarelli
Carson Wehner
Tristan Corcoran
Sam Nomura

Eighth-ranked Wake Forest (26-14) loaded the bases in the ninth, but ended up stranding 10 runners in the game.

The outcome avenged a 9-0 loss from early March in Winston-Salem as the Phoenix repeated last year’s home stunner of the Demon Deacons, who then were ranked No. 2 and fell 5-3.

Elon was coming off winning two of three Coastal Athletic Association games against visiting Monmouth, beginning with a 5-3 victory when Will Vergantino homered and stroked a two-run, tie-breaking eighth-inning double.

After Saturday’s 6-5, 12-inning loss, the Phoenix responded for a 9-7 triumph on a rainy Sunday as Charlie Granatell homered twice and Broderick and Shane Paradine also hit home runs.

Charlie Granatell
James Broderick
Shane Paradine

Elon is 6-9 in CAA play heading to third-place Northeastern for a three-game series beginning Friday.



Elon swept visiting Hampton in three CAA games at Hunt Softball Park, rolling 9-1 on Friday and then claiming Saturday’s doubleheader with scores of 6-4 and 4-1.

Southern Alamance graduate Greta Hessenthaler doubled and scored on Kaitlyn Well’s homer in the series opener. In the first game of the twinbill, Southern Alamance alum Isley Duggins (3-6) pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief, giving up one earned run and striking out three for the victory while teammates Mauri Murray and Gabi Schaal homered. Schaal homered in the second game.

Elon (19-25, 13-8) visits Stony Brook for CAA games Friday through Sunday.


Men’s golf

At Saint Helena, South Carolina, Elon was unable to hold the lead in the final round, placing second in the CAA Tournament, which ended Tuesday at Dataw Island Cotton Dike Course.

College of Charleston overcame Elon’s four-shot edge through two rounds, posting 272 to Elon’s 283 in the last round to win by seven shots. The Phoenix ended at 28-under 836, four shots better than third-place UNC Wilmington. Elon also was second last year.

Garrett Risner of Elon shot 12-under 204 (69, 69, 66) for third place, a stroke behind College of Charleston teammates Zach Reuland and Kieron van Wyk. Elon’s Jack Wieler tied for fourth at 9-under and Bronson Myers was seventh at 5-under.


Women’s golf

At Southport, Elon placed fifth in the three-day CAA Tournament, which ended Sunday at The Reserve Club at St. James. The Phoenix ended at 73-over 937, and that was 28 strokes behind champion Delaware. The team’s top individual was Apple Ngamwong, whose 14-over put her tied for seventh place.


Men’s tennis

Elon advanced to the championship round of the CAA Tournament at Williamsburg, Virginia, but UNC Wilmington claimed its fourth consecutive title with Sunday’s 4-1 victory. The last three title-match triumphs have come against Elon.

Third-seeded Elon (16-8) completed its final season under coach Michael Leonard, who’s retiring after 20 years in the position. Elon’s 4-1 semifinal upset of second-seeded Delaware was Leonard’s 300th career victory. He finished 300-176.

Dylan Heap won at No. 6 singles for the team point for the Phoenix against UNCW (17-5).


Women’s tennis

Elon is the host for the CAA Tournament beginning Thursday at Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

The fifth-seeded Phoenix meets No. 12 seed Monmouth at 10 a.m. Thursday, with fourth-seeded Drexel awaiting the winner at the same time Friday in the quarterfinals. The tournament wraps up with the final at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.


Women’s lacrosse

Mia Zebley, Kaitlyn Michaud and Sammy Fisher all tallied four goals and Elon held on to defeat visiting Delaware 16-15 on Saturday at Rudd Field, setting up a showdown for the final spot in the CAA Tournament.

Elon (8-7, 4-3) visits Towson on Saturday afternoon, with the winner nabbing the fourth and final spot in the league tournament, while the losing team’s season will end.

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