Saturday, February 21, 2009

Recap: ELON 3/20




Well that was something.

Justin Hargett busted out of a miserable day at the plate (previously being 0-3 with 2 Ks already) to blast a 2 run HR and lift Auburn to a 5-3 win in the series opener.

Grant Dayton was solid (7 innings , 1 ER, 5 H, 7 K) and the only blemish pitching-wise was Michael Hurst who came in to start the 8th. Hurst allowed back to back singles to open the door back up for Elon. To be fair, Hurst was the victim of a costly error at 3rd by Joseph Sanders (and a potential double-play), that allowed Elon to tie the game.

Fabulous Freshman

-Freshman Caleb Bowen, making his first career start a Catcher, was solid at the plate. Manufacturing clutch RBIs in the 2nd and 4th
-Freshman Casey McElroy, starting at SS, was 2 for 2 on the day, with a walk. Not a bad way to start a career.

Other Postives

-Grant Dayton solidifying himself as Staff Ace
-Brian Fletcher's 2 for 4 day, scoring 2 runs as well.
-Auburn's throwback uniforms (Dodger style script with Orange Numbers)

Negatives

-Hunter Morris's day at the plate. 0-4; 1 K, and stranding 2
-No production from heart of the order. (Trent Mummey was also 0-fer)
-Being unable to contain Elon's All Everything tandem of Cory Harrilchak and Chase Austin. Both players were 2 for 4 with Harrilchak providing the 8th innning spark to get the Phoenix back in the game.

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