Written by Elon Sports Information:
ELON, N.C. -- Elon got the tying run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play ball ended the maroon and gold's attempt at a come-from-behind victory as the Phoenix dropped a 7-4 Southern Conference baseball game against the College of Charleston Cougars from Latham Park on Sunday afternoon.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth, Elon (7-7, 2-4 SoCon) trailed Charleston (10-6, 2-1) by a 7-3 margin. Antonio Alvarez tried to get the rally started with a double to left-center to begin the inning. Chris King's one-out RBI single scored Alvarez before Sebastian Gomez drew a walk. The Cougars escaped thanks to a 4-6-3 double play that ended the game.
CofC struck for three first-inning runs, the first of which came in on a Ben Boykin ground out. With two down, the Cougars loaded the bases with a walk and hit batter before two walks scored the last two runs.
Brandon Murray's homer to start the third extended the Cougar lead to 4-0. The advantage stretched to 5-0 later in the frame on a Jimmy Holton single.
Elon came back with a single run in the last of the third, as Ryan Kinsella doubled home Alvarez.
After Charleston grabbed a 7-1 lead in the eighth, the Phoenix quickly trimmed its deficit back to four when #Quinn Bower# doubled home both #Wil Leathers# and Gomez in the bottom half of the inning.
Elon starter David Whitehead (1-3) took the loss, surrendering five runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out six. Spencer Medick kept the Phoenix in the game by giving up just two runs on five hits in the next 4.2 frames. Medick fanned five Cougar hitters.
Drew Freie (3-2) picked up the win in relief. Freie hurled three scoreless frames out of the pen.
The Phoenix had numerous chances to score as Charleston pitching issued 10 walks and hit one batter, but the maroon and gold would leave a total of 12 runners stranded on the afternoon.
Elon will be back in action on Tuesday in a 5 p.m. game at UNC Wilmington. The Phoenix is slated to return to Latham Park to host Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
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