May 28, 2010
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CBI Live: SoCon Game
9: #7 ASU 10, #2 CofC 8
Big hits in ninth carry
Elon past Samford
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – It was more drama for a great
Mike Melillo had a RBI double to snap a 3-3 tie
in the top of the ninth and Ben Scott added a three-run homer as
fourth-seeded Elon edged fifth-seeded Samford 7-4 in an
elimination game Friday on Day 3 of the Southern Conference
Tournament at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Phoenix will face top-seeded The Citadel at 1
p.m. on Saturday. Elon must post two wins over the Bulldogs to
advance to Sunday’s championship game.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Niko Fraser
drew a walk. Melillo followed with a double down the left field
line to score Fraser with the go-ahead run. Ryan Adams drew a
base on balls, his school-record 55th. With two outs, Scott
launched just his second homer to give Elon a 7-3 lead.
“Elon is a good group, and they’ve been winning
for a long time over there,” said Samford head coach Casey Dunn,
“and they’ve been able to find a way to get us in the end more
than we have. Their best hitter got a hit off our best guy. It
was a good match-up of two good college baseball teams. I’m
proud to death of the way our kids competed. They were just
able to get the big one at the end.”
Brad Moss had a leadoff double and scored in the
bottom of the ninth for the Phoenix.
Adams had a leadoff homer in the top of the
second to start the scoring for Elon, his 11th.
Samford answered in the third as Wayne Miller had
a leadoff double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mason Meredeth.
It was the 58th RBI for Meredeth, a school record.
The Phoenix reclaimed the lead in the fourth.
Fraser drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a one-out walk to
Adams, went to third when Scott was hit by a pitch with two outs
and scored on a wild pitch.
Elon added an insurance run in the seventh as
Seth Canipe had a leadoff single and scored on an error to make
The Bulldogs rallied for a pair in the bottom of
the frame. Tripp Swan drew a leadoff walk. Stephen Ballard sent
a grounder through the legs of the first baseman for an error,
sending Swan to third. Moss had a single to left to plate Swan,
ending the night for Elon starter Daniel Britt. Jim Stokes came
on and surrendered a base hit to Miller on a 0-2 pitch to bring
in Ballard with the tying run.
Scott and Alex Swim both had two hits for the
Miller finished with three hits and two RBI for
Stokes earned the win, allowing three hits and
one run in 2.2 innings with two strikeouts. Kyle Webb needed one
pitch to get the final out, a grounder to third with two on, to
record his fourth save.
Starter Daniel Britt worked six innings for Elon
with four hits, three runs (two earned), two walks and four
“We’re not real offensive right now,” said Elon
head coach Mike Kennedy, “and it’s the wrong time not to be able
to score runs, but our starting pitching has been phenomenal.
All three guys got us into the seventh inning and you’ve got to
tip your hat to those guys, but at some point we’ve got to step
up and give us a little bit of room.”
Samford starter Kyle Putkonen pitched 7.2 innings
with six hits, three runs (two earned) and five walks. Putkonen
threw 145 pitches and matched his career high with eight
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)