CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte used a total team effort from every spot in its lineup and tallied 15 hits to secure an 8-0 shutout over Elon in six innings in game two of a doubleheader, Wednesday evening at the D.L. Phillips Complex.
The Niners (9-6 overall) dropped the first game 5-2 to the Phoenix (9-6) earlier Wednesday afternoon.
The 49ers wasted no time in game 2 to get on the board as Natalie Capone led off the first inning with a single. Hits from Jessica Plemmons and Briana Gwaltney would allow the Niners to take the 1-0 advantage heading into the second inning. After a quick three up, three down inning for Elon, the 49ers added two more runs off a hit from Kalie Lang, a double from Chelsea Stamey, and a pair of singles from Alex Rogers and Capone.
Chelsea Ingersoll, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, led off the third inning with a single to centerfield to keep Charlotte rolling. Samantha Slade reached on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly from Lang allowed the Niners to take the 4-0 lead. Another double from Stamey drove in Slade, pushing Charlotte’s advantage to 5-0.
The Phoenix had a few opportunities to slice the Niners’ lead as they were able to get runners in scoring position but Charlotte’s defense was just too much for Elon to overcome.
Charlotte, who has become a late-rally team this season, used the sixth inning to finish its damage. Capone’s leadoff single, along with a double to right field from Lindsey Holloman set up Gwaltney who hit a deep sac fly to right field to push the 49ers’ advantage to 6-0. Rookie Courtney Carroll, who’s appeared in just seven games, recorded her fifth hit with a solid shot to right field to score Holloman. Jessie Fennell recorded the game-ending hit in her first at-bat of the day with a single to right field.
Capone led the 49ers offensively with three hits, two runs, and one RBI. Stamey, Gwaltney, and Ingersoll finished with a pair of hits and combined for five RBIs. Plemmons, Holloman, Carroll, Lang, Fennell, and Rogers each recorded a hit.
Chelsea Lisikatos improved to 3-0 and owns both of Charlotte’s shutouts this season. She finished with two strikeouts and allowed only five hits.
In game one, the 49ers put up a great rally in the seventh inning after trailing 5-0 to the Phoenix. With one out, Slade doubled to centerfield to give the Niners some optimism. Holloman reached on an Elon error, causing Slade to score. With two outs, Rogers’ single to centerfield allowed Charlotte to nip Elon’s lead to 5-2 but it wouldn’t get any closer as the Phoenix closed the game on the next play.
Rogers finished with a team-high two hits as Stamey, Capone, Plemmons, and Slade finished with one. Katie Watkins fell to 5-6 in the circle but recorded a game-high eight strikeouts.
Charlotte will host Morehead State on Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. for a single game at the D.L. Phillips Complex.