March 5, 2006
Matt Chastain pitched eight strong innings and tied a career-high with six strikeouts to lead the Elon Phoenix to a 7-2 non-conference baseball victory over visiting Siena on Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Phoenix the sweep of the three-game series and upped its record to 10-4 in 2006. Siena dropped to 0-6 this year.
The Saints took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning which began with a walk to Rick Seltzer. Eric Hildenbrand's bouncing single down the leftfield line put men on second and third for Billy Lazio. Lazio sent an 0-1 pitch from Chastain into right for a single, driving home Seltzer with the game's first run and advancing Hildenbrand to second. Hildenbrand would later score on an RBI groundout by John Wilkes. It was Siena's first lead of the series.
Elon responded in the bottom of the second as Grant Rembert tripled to lead off the inning. A walk to Vasami put runners on the corners. Robert Rodebaugh's sacrifice fly to right allowed Rembert to trim the lead to 2-1. Following a double from Adam Weaver to put runners on second and third, Ryan Addison lifted a sac fly to center that drove in Vasami to knot the score at two.
The Phoenix took the lead for good in the fourth when Vasami drove the first pitch of the inning over the wall in right-center. A sacrifice fly from Rembert in the fifth brought home Donny Jobe with Elon's fourth run of the game in the fifth inning.
A three-run eighth inning by Elon put the game out of reach. In that frame, Rembert walked and the Saints then committed errors on two bunt attempts from the next two batters to load the bases with no outs. Weaver's line drive single to center knocked in two of the three runs of the inning. The third crossed the plate when Addison singled home Kevin Pratt.
Chastain improved his record to 3-0 on the year after a strong performance on the mound. The senior lasted 8.0 innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while fanning six, equalling a career-best which he had achieved twice before. Freshman closer Tom Porter allowed one walk and struck out the side in the ninth.
Matt Moberg took the loss and dipped to 0-1 on the year. The freshman gave up for four runs on five hits and a walk over 4.0 innings of work. Moberg struck out one.
At the plate, Weaver was the only Elon hitter to record a multi-hit outing, going 2-for-3 with two runs driven in on the afternoon. Vasami was 1-for-2 with one RBI and three runs scored. Jobe's 1-for-4 day extended his hitting streak to nine games. Paul Bennett saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end after an 0-for-3 outing.
For Siena, Seltzer and Hildenbrand each finished 1-for-3 with one run scored while Lazio posted a 1-for-4 day with an RBI and Wilkes went 1-for-3 with an RBI.