ELON, N.C. -- Spencer Medick tossed 7.1 innings and Elon used a three-run seventh as the Phoenix completed a three-game Southern Conference series sweep of The Citadel with a 4-2 victory on Friday afternoon. Elon ends its regular season with a 31-24 overall record and a 20-10 SoCon mark, giving the program its fourth season with at least 20 SoCon victories. The Bulldogs will enter next week's SoCon Tournament with a 24-31, 13-17 record.
After both team hit solo homers in the second - The Citadel's by Mason Davis and Elon's by Alex Swim - the game went into the last of the seventh without another run scoring. Swim got things going in the bottom of the seventh wiht a single to right and raced to second when the throw in from the outfield was errant. A one-out wild pitch sent Swim to third before Sebastian Gomez ripped a double down the left field line to put the maroon and gold in front, 2-1. Jake Luce's two-out double down the right field line plated Gomez. Luce would come in to make it 4-1 as Sam Paone doubled to the gap in left-center to pick up his first career RBI.
The Citadel cut its deficit to 4-2 on Nick Orvin's RBI ground out in the eighth.
The Bulldogs did not go quietly in the ninth. Justin Mackert and Joe Jackson started the frame with back-to-back singles. Nate Young came on and retired Bo Thompson on a sacrifice bunt that left both runners in scoring position. After a walk loaded the bases, Grant Richards hit a ball that was slightly deflected by Young's glove, but continued on to Gomez at second. Gomez fielded and began the double play that ended the threat and sealed the victory.
Medick (2-3) lowered his ERA to 2.99 on the year as he was the winning pitcher. He gave up two runs on five hits while recording five strike outs in the win. Young was credited with his 10th save of the season. He is just the sixth Elon pitcher to ever record 10 or more saves in a season.
Bulldog starter Logan Cribb (3-3) took the loss as he gave up four runs on five hits in 6.2 innings of work.
For Elon, Swim had two of the club's six hits to increase his career total to 217. He is three hits shy of moving into a tie for ninth on the program's all-time chart with Chase Austin (2007-09). Playing his final game at Latham Park, Luce went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI.
Elon will enter next week's Southern Conference Tournament with a seed no lower than third. The tournament begins on Wednesday at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
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