Cullowhee, N.C. – Elon’s Mason Daniels held Western Carolina’s potent offense in check on Sunday afternoon, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Phoenix claimed Sunday’s series rubber match, 6-2, in nonconference action at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
Elon claimed the series win on the strength of Sunday’s victory coupled with a 12-11 win in 10 innings on Saturday after WCU claimed the opener, 5-2, on Friday evening.
Daniels (2-0) struck out three with just one walk and a hit batter, holding WCU to two runs – only one of which was earned – in picking up the victory. The junior right-hander was perfect through six complete before plunking Daylan Nanny to start WCU’s two-run rally in the home half of the seventh inning. Reliever Jared Wetherbee collected a three-inning save, striking out four in one-hit, scoreless relief.
Sophomore Justice Bigbie collected two of WCU’s three hits and its only RBI on Sunday finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Redshirt senior Matthew Koehler singled and scored in the home half of the seventh in a 1-for-4 outing with Nanny tallying the only other run, leading off the frame with the HBP. Justin Sparks drew a walk in the eighth inning as one of WCU’s six base runners in the loss.
Elon (11-8) scored all the runs it would need over the first three innings, plating two runs in the first and third with a solo marker in the second. A one-out single by Anthony Galason turned into a run on a triple by Joe Satterfield who scored on the same play on a Catamount error on the relay throw to third base.
Adam Spurlin singled and stole second with one out in the top of the second inning, using a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Nick Cicci to tack on what proved to be the game-winning run.
In the third, the first two Phoenix hitters reached on an infield error and a single. Both runners were sacrificed into scoring position by Garrett Stonehouse with runs scoring on a sac fly by Cam Devanney and a single off the bat of Ty Adcock.
Elon tallied its final run on a solo home run by Cicci in the top of the seventh before the Catamounts were able to manage offense in the home portion of the frame. Nanny was hit by a pitch ahead of consecutive singles by Koehler and Bigbie with Nanny racing home on Bigbie’s punch through the right side of the infield. Koehler scored the only other Catamount run on a passed ball that got through to the backstop.
Western Carolina starter Blake Therrian (1-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of work, striking out one. Jake Moebius surrendered two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings before giving way to Joe Vransesic who tossed a team-long 4.1 innings, striking out three against four walks. Jack Snyder, who started Friday’s series opener, struck out two in 1.2 relief innings of hitless, scoreless work.
Satterfield, Adcock, and outfielder Tyler Cranston each finished with two hits for Elon which outhit WCU, 9-to-3, on the day. Cicci drove in a game-high two to lead the Phoenix as Satterfield with a triple, Cranston with a double, and Cicci with a homer represented the only extra base hits of the game.
Western Carolina (10-7) wraps-up its current five-game home stand by hosting the Gardner-Webb (8-8) Runnin’ Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 20. First pitch at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium is scheduled for 5:00 pm in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN+ (subscription required).