Series Preview: Elon Phoenix

The Maryland Terrapins (10-8) are coming off a weekend series against No.17 East Carolina, where they lost all three games to the Pirates. After the sweep at home, the Terps are on the road to take on Elon in a midweek two-game series.

Maryland is 8-6 against Elon in the series history, with the most recent victory coming a season ago when the Terps took the game 11-3. The Terps are looking to do more damage at the plate against the Phoenix in the series after posting only one run in 27 innings over the weekend.

Although the weekend series was not ideal for Maryland at the plate, the pitching staff continued to succeed against a tough lineup. After conceding nine runs in the first game, the Terps gave up five runs in the following two games combined. Junior Zach Thompson threw eight innings in the second game, letting up two runs, followed by six scoreless frames.

The final game of the weekend was quite the pitchers duel. Trevor LaBonte started for the Terps, going 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out four on five hits. On the other side of the ball, however, is where the cheers were. Sophomore Jake Kuchmaner tossed a perfect game for the Pirates, the first of his young career.

The young bullpen worked through tough situations for the Terps, as well. Freshman Andrew Vail fanned two in an inning of work on Saturday, while four relievers came out of the bullpen on Sunday to take over for LaBonte.

Elon Phoenix (11-8, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

The Phoenix finished the 2018 campaign with their most wins since 2011. A 36-23 record was stopped short with an early exit in their conference tournament after falling to top-seeded Northeastern.

This Season

Elon is off to a good start this season, picking up some big out of conference wins to boost its early season resume. In a two game series against No.20 Wake Forest, the Phoenix split the series with the Demon Deacons. In their last series, the Phoenix won two of three at Western Carolina.

Hitters to Watch

Elon has three hitters with an average above the .300 mark on the year. Leading the team is junior infielder Joe Satterfield, who in 19 games is batting .403 with a .569 slugging percentage. Garrett Stonehouse and Cam Devanney round out the top of Elon’s order that has damaged opposing pitchers this season.

Relievers to Watch

Three arms out of the bullpen for the Phoenix have sub-2.00 ERAs, including Naushon Galbraith (1.00) and Ty Adcock (1.69), with eight and 11 strikeouts, respectively.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Mark DiLuia (0-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Kyle Greenler (0-0, 1.98 ERA)

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Tuesday is DiLuia’s first start of the season after coming out of the bullpen seven times. A season ago, he started 12 games in 14 appearances with a 5.62 ERA and 47 strikeouts. His longest outing of his 2019 campaign came in 3.1 innings of work against Delaware where he fanned two and let up one hit.

Greenler has started one game in nine appearances this year. As one of Elon’s strongest arms in the bullpen, Greenler is one of three pitchers with a sub-two ERA in at least nine innings of work.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Tuck Tucker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBD

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The southpaw has yet to let up a run in 2.1 innings of work this season. Tucker will also be getting his first start of the year like DiLuia. Opposing hitters are batting .250 with two hits against the junior.