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Elon sports roundup: baseball wins could put team in contention for league title

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Elon rallied in the late innings twice to win two of three Colonial Athletic Association baseball games at College of Charleston during the weekend and move back into the mix for the league title.

Elon (27-16 overall, 15-8 CAA) holds third place with six regular-season conference games to play.

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The Phoenix capped the weekend games by posting four runs in the eighth inning Sunday to wipe out a two-run hole and eventually win 10-9. Justin Cassella hit two home runs. Luke Stephenson smacked a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth.

Justin Cassella (above and below).

Elon trailed 2-1 in the eighth inning Friday night when the game was suspended. The game resumed Saturday afternoon and the Phoenix posted four ninth-inning runs, going up on Ryan Sprock’s two-run single and winning 5-3.

Reliever Liam Dabagian was the winning pitcher in both Elon victories in the College of Charleston series. The Cougars won 12-0 in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game.

Elon pitcher Liam Dabagian (above and below).

Following winning just one of three games in series against both William & Mary and Stony Brook, Elon needed to get back on track as it has dropped out of a spot in projections for the NCAA Tournament field.

After a midweek game at Campbell, the Phoenix goes to Navy for two games this weekend. Elon has four home games remaining (May 9 vs. High Point and May 12-14 vs. North Carolina A&T).

 

Softball

Elon clinched a spot in the CAA Tournament by winning 8-0 behind a combined no-hitter from McKenna McCard and Kaitlin King in the opener of a CAA doubleheader with College of Charleston on Saturday at Hunt Softball Park.

McKenna McCard
Kaitlin King

The Phoenix lost 9-1 in the second game. Sunday’s game, which was supposed to be the home finale, was nixed because of rain after reaching the third inning.

Elon is 19-24 overall and 12-7 in the CAA.

After three games at North Carolina A&T to conclude the regular season, Elon will head to Hempstead, New York, for the CAA Tournament, which is set for May 9-13.

 

Men’s tennis

At Williamsburg, Virginia, Elon reached the CAA Tournament final before losing 4-1 to top-seeded UNC Wilmington, which won its third consecutive championship.

Third-seeded Elon (15-9) competed in the CAA title match for the third time in the past four tournaments. No. 1 singles player Daniel Martin notched the only team point for the Phoenix in Sunday’s championship.

The match was played indoors at William & Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center due to weather. UNCW (17-7) goes to the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid.

 

Football

Elon alum Cole Coleman signed with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts as a nondrafted free agent last weekend. The defensive back spent five seasons with the Phoenix, earning first-team All-CAA honors in 2021 and helping the 2022 team to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. He started 36 games in his college career.

Photos courtesy of Elon Athletics

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