ELON, N.C. -- Spencer Medick hurled a gem and Ryan Kinsella drilled a 2-2 fastball over the left field walk for a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th as the Elon Phoenix completed a three-game Southern Conference baseball sweep of Triad rival UNCG on Sunday afternoon. Elon now sits at 26-20 overall and 16-8 in SoCon action. The Spartans fell to 21-21, 6-15.
Remarkably, Medick did not earn a decision after he struck out a career-high 13 hitters in 9.1 innings. It was his second 10-plus strikeout performance of the season. Medick faced just four hitters over the minimum in that span and threw 85 of his 118 pitches for strikes on the day. He allowed five hits and one run while not walking a hitter. Jordan Darnell came on and retired the final two hitters of the 10th to get the win and move to 1-1 on the year.
With the game knotted at one in the last of the 10th, Sebastian Gomez was hit by a 1-0 pitch from Tyler Hollstegge. After a wild pitch sent him to second, Kinsella sent the crowd home happy by turning around the fastball for his sixth homer of the season. It was the second walk-off homer for Kinsella in his Elon career.
UNCG took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, its only lead of the series, when a Christian Wolfe single to left-center drove home Thomas Troelstrup.
Elon loaded the bases in the sixth on an Alex Swim double and walks to Kinsella and Blaine Bower before a wild pitch allowed Swim to score the tying run.
Hollstegge (4-5) took the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits in 4.1 innings of relief work.
Both Swim and Gomez had two-hit performances for the Phoenix. All five of UNCG's hits came from the bottom four hitters in its order.
At the completion of the game, members of the Elon team along with coaches from multiple teams, had their heads shaved to help raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation which raises money to fight pediatric cancer.
Elon will be back in action with two mid-week contests. The Phoenix will visit Wake Forest on Tuesday before returning to Latham Park to host the Demon Deacons on Wednesday. Both games begin at 6 p.m.
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