The No. 28 Charlotte 49ers scored in double figures for the first time in conference play with an 11-0 win over Saint Joseph's to start a Sunday doubleheader at Campbell's Field. The Atlantic 10 Conference win puts Charlotta at 7-1 in league play, with a 25-6 overall mark. Charlotte has won six in a row, four in a roaw on the road, and has captured 13 of its last 14 games. Saint Joseph's is 11-19 on the season, 3-5 in the A-10.
As it did in game one on Saturday, Charlotte scored late after a Saint Joseph's starting pitcher held his own for a few innings. The 49ers had its first baserunner in the third and its first hit in the fourth. Charlotte finally got to the scoreboard in the fifth inning after a one-out walk to senior outfielder Cory Tilton (Cary, N.C. / Green Hope HS). He stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single through the left side of the infield by catcher Miguel Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.).
The Hawks had trouble stopping Charlotte from scoring from that point, as the 49ers posted run in each of the last five innings.
First baseman Kevin Gillespie (Bedford, Ind.) drove in a pair with a double in the sixth before four straight hits helped Charlotte to five runs in the seventh. Third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) hit a bases-clearing double in the inning for his three RBI for the game. One batter later, designated hitter Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.) hit his second triple of the season to plate Basen, before he was driven in on an RBI single from second baseman Corey Shaylor (Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS).
The second career and season triple from Rodriguez in the eighth drove in Tilton, who hit a leadoff single in that frame. Rodriguez scored on a ground out from left fielder Michael Green (Richmond, Va. / Thomas Dale HS). A wild pitch scored Charlotte's lone run in the ninth.
Sophomore starter Corey Roberts (Charlotte, N.C. / Olympic HS) pushed his conference-leading win total to seven games (7-0). He tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering just six hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. His ERA for the season dropped to 0.92 as part of Charlotte's seventh shutout win of the season. Roberts has started three of those shutouts. He remains as Charlotte's strikeout leader, with 51 in 59 innings in 2011.
Left handed sophomore John Hamilton (Strongsville, Ohio) finished the shutout, the second he has pitched in this season. He allowed two hits and a walk in two innings, striking out three.
Shaylor led all players with three hits, while Basen's three BRI were the game-high total. Basen and Tilton scored twice to lead all players.