Area College Baseball: Elon endures lost weekend; UNCG wins longest game in school history; Tar Heels play 10 again – Sports – The Times-News


ELON — It was rough going for Elon’s baseball team throughout a three-game series against Indiana State.


The next steps for the Phoenix might define the direction of the season.


“I think we’re going to do a good job of learning from it and coming back stronger,” freshman first baseman J.P. Sponseller said.


Indiana State completed the non-conference sweep with Sunday afternoon’s 6-2 decision at Latham Park.


A sputtering offense has been evident for Elon (6-5) during a four-game losing streak. The Phoenix had seven hits in the series finale.


“Typically a weekend like this tells that you have a long way to go and have to get better,” Elon coach Mike Kennedy said. “We ran into a little bit of a buzzsaw and a team that can really pitch.”


Elon swept its first two three-game series of the season. Against Indiana State, the Phoenix managed a total of eight runs.


“We saw some tough pitching this weekend and didn’t put together our best at-bats,” Sponseller said.


Even Elon’s threats mostly fizzled. The Phoenix loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but pinch hitter Matt Oldham was retired on a flyout.


The Phoenix had two aboard…

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