Elon's Alex Swim knocked a game-winning, two-out single to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Phoenix took game one of the series, 3-2, over College of Charleston.
Dating back to last season, it was the fourth game in a row that came down to dramatic at-bats at the end in the intense rivalry between the SoCon preseason favorites.
The game was the third extra-inning bout for Elon (7-5, 2-2) in the last week, while it was the fifth one-run game for the College of Charleston (8-6, 0-1) this season.
The thriller also pitted two of the best ace pitchers in the league in Charleston's Matt Pegler and Elon's Dylan Clark, both preseason All-SoCon First Team selections. The pitcher's duel lived up to its billing with each starter going at least eight innings and giving up just two runs apiece.
Pegler did not get a decision for the third time in four starts as he went 8.0 IP, scattering seven hits and striking out six against just one walk. The only runs against him came on a two-run homer from Elon's Chris King in the fifth inning.
Clark pitched into the ninth inning as he worked around 10 hits to allow just two runs, one earned, and strike out five.
The Cougars had double digits in hits (11) for the third game in a row, but eight runners were stranded, including five in scoring position.
Freshman Carl Wise hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning that gave CofC a 1-0 lead. Gunnar Heidt tallied CofC's only other RBI, a single to right field that scored Blake Butler and tied the game in the seventh inning.
Elon's only runs against Pegler came on King's two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Cougar defense stepped up late in the game when Cody Martin initiated a relay to Heidt who threw out Wil Leathers on a play at the plate as the potential go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
The Phoenix had a runner on in the bottom of the ninth inning, but reliever Drew Freie caught a popped-up bunt attempt from Casey Jones and doubled off Sebastian Gomez at first base.
Bradley Goodson led off the top of the 10th inning with a single, but could not advance after two flyouts and was eventually thrown out trying to steal.
King led off the 10th inning with a hit down the left field line, but was thrown out at second on a perfect relay from Murray to Heidt to Butler. Quinn Bower walked and stole second base, narrowly avoiding a strikeout-throwout double play to end the inning. With two outs and a full count, Swim flared a ball into center field that landed for a hit and Bower came around to score and win the game.
Freie (2-2) was tagged with the loss for CofC, while Andrew MacDonald (3-0) earned the win for the Phoenix.
Game two of the series will start on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CofC LHP Jake Zokan will go up against Elon RHP Kyle Webb.