Elon takes series opener from UNCW baseball

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Elon scored in each of the first five innings to back strong pitching from Nick Beaulac as the Phoenix raced past No. 22 UNCW 14-3 on Friday in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener at Latham Park.

The Phoenix improved to 21-19 overall and 10-6 in the CAA with their third straight win. The Seahawks dipped to 28-10 and 11-2.

UNCW looks to bounce back on Saturday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
UNCW looks to bounce back on Saturday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

Beaulac (4-1) earned the win for Elon as the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week struck out eight and allowed just three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks.

Offensively, Casey Jones collected four hits and knocked in three runs, while Andy Moore added three hits and scored twice.

The game was tied one-all until the bottom of the second when Elon would score seven runs over the next four innings. James Venuto ignited the outburst with a two-run homer to right off Nick Monroe.  It was his seventh homer of the season.

Terence Connelly had two hits for the Seahawks as the top five spots in the order combined to go 0-for-12.

Monroe (3-2) took the loss, lasting just 3.1 innings and allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk.

Steven Linkous stole two bases to raise his season total to 21.

The series continues on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start.