|No. 28 Baseball Sweeps Saint Joseph's 11-1 in Game Two of Sunday DH|
Senior outfielder Cory Tilton (Cary, N.C. / Green Hope HS) tied his season high with four hits and drove in a game-high three runs to lead the No. 28 Charlotte 49ers to an 11-1 victory in game two of a Sunday doubleheader over Saint Joseph's. After playing Saturday's game at La Salle, the two teams moved the series back to Campbell's Field, which was unplayable due to rain Friday. The 49ers have won seven in a row overall and 14 of 15 to improve to 26-6 on the season, 8-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Saint Joseph's is 11-20 on the season, 3-6 in league games.
Charlotte scored ten runs in the game before allowing a Hawks run. First baseman Kevin Gillespie (Bedford, Ind.) tied a career high with three walks in the game. After a leadoff single from second baseman Corey Shaylor (Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS) and Gillespie's first walk, Tilton had the first of three RBI singles to drive in the first run of the day. Gillespie later scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder J.J. Elseser (Brunswick, Ga.).
Gillespie drove in the first of three 49ers runs in the third inning with an RBI double before Tilton drove him in with a single through the left side of the infield.
The 49ers scored five more runs in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate in that inning. Four runs came across before an out was recorded on two runs and three hits, including back-to back doubles by third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) and designated hitter Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.)
After the Hawks avoided the shut out with a run in the fifth, Charlotte added a final run in the ninth when Tilton scored for the first time on a sacrifice fly from outfielder Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS) for his second RBI of the game.
Freshman Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C. / Hickory HS) got his fourth win of the season and his first in conference after five innings (4-0). He allowed just two hits and two walks and an unearned run.
The loss went to Hawks starter A.J. Holland (1-5), who was pulled after three innings. He gave up five hits and four walks, allowing five earned runs (seven total runs).
Charlotte returns home to face USC Upstate Wednesday night at 6 p.m.