Outfielder Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS) broke a Charlotte school record by scoring six runs as the No. 25 49ers extended their season-best win streak to eight games in an 18-6 win over USC Upstate Wednesday night at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. Charlotte has won five straight at home and 15 of the last 16 contests to improve to 27-6 on the season. The Spartans slip to 12-24 on the season.
Wilson drew two walks, hit two doubles and added a pair of singles, scoring all six times he reached to break the school record by one run, achieved six times in school history, the last by Shane Brown (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg HS) earlier this season on February 27 against Missouri. Wilson extended his season-long hit streak to five games. He leads the team with 12 multi-hit games this season.
The 49ers scored the first 12 runs of the games, with runs in all eight offensive innings except the fifth. All nine offensive starters collected a hit, scored a run or drove in a run in the game. The 49ers did not strike out at the plate in the game, the second time this season the offense was not fanned by an opposing pitcher.
Charlotte starter Joe Yermal (Bel Air, Md. / McDonogh HS) got the win (2-1). In five innings, he scattered five hits and struck out two, allowing two runs with no walks.
Reliever Micah Bryan (North Wilkesboro, N.C. / East Wilkes) was outstanding in relief, allowing just two hits in three innings. He struck out a career-high five batters.
The loss went to USC Upstate starter David Roseboom, who slipped to 0-8. He allowed three unearned runs before coming out with an injury with two outs in the first inning. He walked three and gave up a pair of hits.
Charlotte third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) had three hits, as did Upstate's Blake Green. Charlotte outfielder Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.) and catcher Miguel Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.) had three RBI each. Basen was 3-for-3 with three walks, trying his career high in free passes.
The 49ers will return to the road in conference with a weekend series at Saint Louis. The opening game of that series will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern from the Gateway City.
NOTES: The 24 combined runs were the most in a game for Charlotte since a 22-7 victory over Missouri in the game with Brown scoring five runs on February 27... The runs were the most allowed by Charlotte since a 9-7 loss to Rhode Island on March 27, the only loss for Charlotte since March 16... The team is 22-4 at home in 2011... Charlotte's team ERA slips to 1.92 on the season... The 49ers are in contention for the national ERA title, coming in at number one in this week's rankings... The team's batting average crept up to .303 and the scoring average, keeping them in the top 50 in the country... Charlotte has scored in double figures in three straight games, one short of the season-long of four to begin the season.