Elon and Toledo Meet for Weekend Series

ELON, NC – Elon University baseball welcomes Toledo to Latham Park this weekend, March 4-6 as the Phoenix (4-4) hosts the Rockets (4-4) for a three-game series. Game One is scheduled for a 4 pm start on Friday. The teams will then play again at 2 pm on Saturday before Sunday’s 12 pm finale.

COVERAGE
The series will be streamed live on FloBaseball and live stats will also be available.

TICKETS
Season tickets are on sale for $60 and can be purchased online or by contacting the Elon Ticket Office at 336-278-6750.

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Elon Toledo
R-So. RH Trevor Kirk (0-1, 5.59 ERA) Jr. RH Kyle Jones(2-0, 2.08 ERA)
R-So. RH Joe Savino (0-1, 4.91 ERA) Jr. RH Kyle Music (1-1, 4.00 ERA)
R-Sr. RH Brian Edgington (1-0, 2.25 ERA) So. RH Connor Brandon (1-1, 5.14 ERA)

THE SERIES

– Elon and Toledo are meeting for the first time this weekend.
– The Phoenix owns a 15-9 all-time record against current Mid-American Conference (MAC) schools. Elon has played Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State and Ohio in previous seasons.

SCOUTING THE ROCKETS
– Toledo was picked to finish fifth in the MAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll with one first-place vote and 73 total points.
– Toledo has played two four-game series this season with one at Belmont on Feb. 18-20 and one at High Point on Feb. 25-27.
– The Rockets won their season opener against the Bruins, 3-2, but dropped the other three games of the series. Belmont outscored Toledo 17-5 in the series.
– Last weekend at High Point, the Rockets beat the Panthers 8-1 on Friday before splitting a doubleheader on Saturday. Toledo then capped off the road trip with a 12-6 victory on Sunday.
– Toledo has 19 road games to start its season and will open conference play with a four-games series at Akron on March 11-13 followed by four games at Western Michigan on March 18-20. Toledo will finally play at home on March 25-27 when the Rockets host Miami (Ohio) for four games.
– Through games played on March 2, the Rockets rank 25th in the nation with one shutout. Toledo also leads the MAC in ERA (3.56), hit by pitch (11), WHIP (1.36) and win-loss percentage (.500).
– Mason Sykes leads Toledo’s starters with a .333 batting average. Trey Wright is hitting .292 and Jeron Williams is close behind him at .290. The Rockets are batting .241 as a team with a .341 slugging percentage and a .319 on-base percentage.
– Toledo’s batters have combined to score 35 runs, have driven in 32, and have 16 extra-base hits with 11 doubles and five home runs. The Rockets have also walked 20 times and stolen eight bags in 12 attempts.
– Toledo’s projected rotation for the weekend sees Kyle Jones starting on Friday, Kyle Music on Saturday and Connor Brandon on Sunday.
– The Rockets own a team ERA of 3.56 with one save, 66 strikeouts and 25 walks in 65.2 innings pitched. Opposing teams are hitting .248 against them.
– Jones was named the MAC Co-Pitcher of the Week and Sykes the Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

ABOUT THE PHOENIX
– After earning a series sweep of Longwood last weekend, the maroon and gold fell 10-2 at Wake Forest on Tuesday.
Willie Havens, Connor Coolahan and Charlie Granatell are all batting .250 to lead Elon’s starters. The Phoenix owns a combined .207 average with a .355 slugging percentage and a .338 on-base percentage.
– Elon has scored 34 runs, driven in 32 runs, and has combined for 21 extra-base hits with 13 doubles, one triple and seven long balls. The Phoenix has also drawn 41 walks and stolen safely on 7-of-8 attempts.
– Elon is expected to go with the same rotation of Trevor Kirk, Joe Savino and Brian Edgington.
– Coming into the weekend, the Phoenix has a 4.24 ERA as a team with 82 strikeouts against 16 walks through 70.0 innings. Other teams own a .272 average against Elon’s arms.
– The Phoenix ranks third nationally in walks allowed per nine innings (2.06), fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.12), 16th in double plays (8), 18th in sacrifice bunts (6) and 19th in double plays per game (1.00).

REYNOLDS DOES IT ALL
Cole Reynolds made his first career start on the mound Tuesday versus the Demon Deacons. He also batted eighth in the lineup.
– The lefty pitcher out of Clayton, Del. tossed 4.0 shutout innings with two hits, no walks and five strikeouts. He struck out the side in the bottom of the second and retired the side in order in the third.
– At the plate, Reynolds provided the only offense for the Phoenix with a two-run home run to right field. He finished 1-for-3 with the one run scored and two RBIs.

UP NEXT
Next Tuesday, March 8 sees the maroon and gold at home against Notre Dame, who is currently ranked third in the country by Baseball America, ninth by Collegiate Baseball and 12th by both USA Today and D1 Baseball. First pitch from Latham Park is set for 4 pm

– ELON –

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