May 26, 2010
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CBI Live: SoCon Game 1: #2 CofC 12, #7 ASU 11 (11)
CBI Live: SoCon Game 2: #6 WCU 11, #3 GSU 4
CBI Live: SoCon Game
3: #1 The Citadel 9, #8 Furman 5
Reyes, Wood lead Elon
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Someone had to make a play.
Pinch-runner David Wood stole third and scored on
the overthrow in the bottom of the ninth as fourth-seeded Elon
edged fifth-seeded Samford 1-0 Wednesday in the final game of
the opening round of the Southern Conference Tournament at
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Phoenix (37-20) will meet top-seeded The
Citadel on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs (30-25) will face
eighth-seeded Furman at 12:30 p.m.
Ryan Adams started the ninth with a double down
the leftfield line and was replaced by Wood. After a walk to
Scott Riddle, pinch-hitter Matt Kirchner was retired when his
bunt attempt turned into a foul popout. Wood then got a great
jump and took off for third. The throw sailed into left field,
allowing Wood to scamper home with the game-winner.
“After we didn’t get the bunt down, he game me
the green light,” Wood said. “I felt I could get a good jump off
the lefty. I got a good jump and he threw it away. I got lucky.
“Late in the game, we had to make something
happen,” Wood said. “I felt it was a good time to spark the
Jimmy Reyes (10-3) earned the win, tossing nine
scoreless innings with six hits, three walks and nine
“That’s probably as good as I’ve seen him,” said
Elon head coach Mike Kennedy. “He’s been on a roll, he’s
pitching well. He’s got a lot of confidence going right now.”
It was the second complete-game shutout this
season for Reyes.
“The first game of the tournament, you want to
get off to a good start,” Reyes said. “I kept telling myself
‘one pitch at a time’. If I was going out there for the 10th
inning, it was still going to be the same mentality.”
Bulldog starter Jonathan Stephens was outstanding
as well, allowing five hits and one walk in seven innings with a
career-high nine strikeouts.
“These were two great efforts by two outstanding
college pitchers,” Samford head coach Casey Dunn said. “They
took advantage of an opportunity there at the end. It was just
one of those things where it came down to a kind of fluke play
and they were on the positive side of it.”
Riddle finished with two hits for the Phoenix.
Michael Johnson had two hits for Samford.
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)