|Roberts Starts Final Home Game Tuesday vs. HPU|
The Charlotte baseball program will host its final regular season home game Tuesday night at 6 p.m. against High Point for the 35th game at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium in non-conference action. The 49ers should set the school record for single-season baseball attendance with 272 fans entering the gates, to eclipse the record of 34,440 in 2011.
The 49ers are 32-19, winners of 25 of 34 home games this season. The 25 home wins are tied for seventh all-time in program history, tied with the 2007 team. High Point Is 26-26 for the year, with an 11-13 road record. Charlotte is 18-9 versus HPU, including an 11-5 mark at Hayes Stadium.
The Niners will send redshirt junior Corey Roberts (Charlotte, N.C. / Olympic HS) to the hill for his second start of the season. Roberts tossed a season-long 4.1 innings in his last outing, April 26 at Temple. Roberts has no record this season, with a 2.79 earned run average.
He will be opposed by Panthers senior Ryan Retz. Retz will be making his 11th start of the season, with a 4-4 record and 3.56 ERA.
Charlotte has won eight games in a row and six home games in a row. The 49ers defeated High Point in the first full week of the season in February, winning the team’s first road game of 2013, by a 12-3 margin.
Monday, junior Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS) was named A-10 Player of the Week and senior starting pitcher John Hamilton (Strongsville, Ohio) earned Co-Pitcher of the Week for their efforts in Charlotte’s weekend sweep of Dayton at home. Seager hit his conference-leading 20th double of the season over the weekend and he ranks tied for 14th in the nation in doubles.
The 49ers climbed to 50th in team batting average, at .293, which puts Charlotte in a first-place tie with Saint Louis for the conference lead. Charlotte is also 45th in WHIP, a rating of baserunners per inning from the pitching staff, sitting at 1.29 this season.
The Stadium grounds will take a break from play this weekend, when the 49ers travel to longtime conference foe Saint Louis, in a three-game series versus the Billikens which starts Thursday. The 49ers will host the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championships starting next Wednesday, May 22, continuing through Saturday the 25th.