ELON, N.C. – Elon University starter Ken Ferrer held the College of Charleston to four hits over six innings and the Phoenix pushed across single runs in five innings to hand the Cougars a 5-1 loss in Southern Conference action at Latham Park Friday evening. The loss drops the Cougars to 22-13 overall, 7-6 in the conference.
Elon (23-12, 13-3) jumped out to an early 1-0 in the opening frame as leadoff hitter Jake Luce singled to left, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Niko Fraser and scored on a single up the middle by Ryan Kinsella. The Phoenix increased their lead to 2-0 in the third on a RBI single by Alex Swim that scored Fraser from third.
Charleston cut the Elon lead in half in the top of the fourth as redshirt-junior 3B Matt Leeds (Boca Raton, Fla.) singled up the middle and redshirt-freshman LF Daniel Aldrich (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) followed with a single to center, moving Leeds to third. A sacrifice fly to deep left by redshirt-junior LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla.) plated Leeds and the Cougars trailed 2-1.
The Phoenix extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI ground out by Harry Austin that brought home Sebastian Gomez from third. A solo home run to left by Neal Pritchard in the fifth gave Elon a 4-1 lead and the Phoenix plated the final run in the sixth as Gomez scored from third on a fielding error by junior 1B Marty Gantt (N. Augusta, S.C.) with two outs.
Junior RHP David Peterson (Walnut Creek, Calif.) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits in six innings with five strikeouts. Sophomore RHP Dre Watts (Laurens, S.C.) tossed two perfect innings of relief for the Cougars. Leeds led the offense with a pair of hits and two walks.
Ferrer walked six and struck out three on the way to his fourth win of the season for the Phoenix. John Brebbia picked up his third save, allowing one hit in three innings with two strikeouts. Kinsella and Gomez had two hits apiece for Elon.
The two teams will meet in game two of the three-game series tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m.