Despite home runs from outfielder Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.) and first baseman Corbin Shive (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS), Charlotte dropped its second home game of the season, 11-4 in game one of a Saturday doubleheader to Wagner, leveling a four-game weekend series at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium to one win each. The 49ers fall to 7-3, while the Seahawks capture their first victory of the year in seven games (1-6).
Wagner got behind eight strong innings from senior starter Ryan Van Spronsen, who captured the win (1-0). He allowed eight hits and a walk, striking out two. Three of Charlotte's four runs scored on him.
The 49ers scored the first run of the game in the fourth. Junior third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) hit a one-out triple and came in on a sacrifice fly from Montalbano.
Charlotte starter Corey Roberts (Charlotte, N.C. / Olympic HS) held the Seahawks without a hit in the first four innings, but after he gave up a pair of walks, shortstop Eddie Brown had the Seahawks' first hit of the game, a three-run homer to center field for the first Wagner big fly of the season. The Seahawks got three more hits and two more runs in the inning for a 5-1 lead.
The Seahawks scored four more in the seventh off of reliever Micah Bryan (North Wilkesboro, East Wilkes HS) on two walks and three infield hits. All four runs charged to Bryan were earned in two innings pitched, with four hits and two walks allowed, striking out two.
In the bottom of the seventh, Montalbano reached with a one-out single before Shive hit his first home run of the season, and his second in Charlotte's last 13 games, back to the opening game of the NCAA Tempe, Ariz. Regional. Charlotte trailed 9-3 at that point.
The Seahawks scored two more runs on three walks and two hit batters in the ninth to get to their final 11-run total. In the bottom half, Montalbano drilled a pitch out to right for his second home run in two days and Charlotte's final score of the contest.
Roberts took his first loss of the season (1-1). He lasted six innings, allowing four hits and five runs, with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Seahawks and 49ers finish the doubleheader this afternoon and complete the four-game series Sunday at noon.