Charlotte put runners on base, but could not capitalize in a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium in non-conference baseball action. The loss drops Charlotte's record to 9-4, while the Crusaders improve to 3-4.
The Crusaders got a run in the second after a leadoff double from first baseman Jordan Enos and a two-out RBI single by outfielder Chris Sintetos. In the third, Holy Cross plated three more runs on four hits and a walk for the 4-0 lead. All four runs went against senior lefty Tyler Pilkington (Waxhaw, N.C. / Weddington HS), who took the loss (0-2). He gave up five hits and a walk in 2.1 innings.
The Niners drew three walks in the third against lefty starter Chris Kono, but left the bases loaded in that frame. Kono gave up just one hit in 5.1 innings, with three strikeouts and five walks for his first win of the season (1-0).
Charlotte got its lone run of the game without the aid of a hit in the sixth. Third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) walked, stole second, advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman second baseman Brad Elwood (Indian Trail, N.C. / Piedmont HS) hit a leadoff single to left in the seventh, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout, but he became the sixth and final runner left on base for Charlotte in the game.
The Crusaders tacked on a run in the seventh, also without a hit, thanks to a pair of fielding errors for the game's final scoring play.
John Colella tossed the last 3.2 innings, allowing just one hit, with three strikeouts for his first save of the season.
The 49ers finished with just two hits, their lowest total since limited to two hits at the NCAA Regional last year against No. 10 Arizona State. The last time Charlotte was held to two hits at home was to Fordham last April 22.
Three Charlotte relievers held the Crusaders to just four hits in the last 6.2 innings, including a career-long outing from sophomore Ryan Mas (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS). The unearned run in the seventh went against his ledger, but he limited the Crusaders to two hits and struck out a pair.
The 49ers head to Columbia, Missouri to return last season's trip to the Tigers. The four-game series from Taylor Stadium at Simmons Field, begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Friday night.