|Baseball Travels to Temple for Weekend Series|
Charlotte baseball heads to Philadelphia this weekend, looking for its first conference series win in Atlantic 10 Conference weekend number four at Temple. The three-game series at Skip Wilson Field starts Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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Charlotte is 14-19 on the season, with a 2-7 league mark. The 49ers lost all three league games last weekend in the conference home opening weekend to Dayton at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. This will be Charlotte's third road conference series, allowing the 49ers to play three of the remaining four conference weekends at home. Charlotte lost its first game in 14 contests on Wednesday when leading at the end of the seventh inning, when Wake Forest scored the last seven runs of the game in a 12-7 decision.
Temple has started 0-6 in league weekends, both on the road. The Owls are 12-20 on the season, winning just two of their last ten contests.
Charlotte will continue with the same starting rotation as it has for the past two league weekends. Friday will feature redshirt senior and defending A-10 Pitcher of the Year Andrew Smith (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS), looking for his first conference win of 2012. He is the 11th pitcher in team history with 200 or more strikeouts, and needs just two more to get into the Top 10 at Charlotte, at 209.
Saturday, Charlotte starts redshirt senior Joe Yermal (Bel Air, Md. / McDonogh HS), looking for his second win over an A-10 team this season. Yermal is one career win away from tying Tim Collie (1992-95) for the second-most in program history. He needs two more starts in addition this Saturday from the all-time Charlotte record of 51, set by Ryan Baker ('00) and later tied by Adam Mills ('07). Yermal has a career 28-10 mark, and this season is 4-2, with an earned run average of 2.52, which puts him sixth currently in the A-10 in that category.
Sunday, Charlotte will start the 2011 A-10 Rookie of the Year Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C. / Hickory HS). The sophomore is 1-2 so far this season, with a 4.87 ERA. He has tossed just 20.1 innings this season in six starts, but got his tenth career victory earlier this season.
Charlotte is 9-3 versus Temple in the all-time series, with a 4-2 record at Skip Wilson Field in Ampler, Pa.
Outfielder Shane Brown (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg HS) tied his career high with three stolen bases in the Wednesday game against Wake Forest. The redshirt senior leads the league with 26 swipes this season, and now has 59 in his career. He needs four more this season to get to the Top 10 in program history. Brown is also tied for second in the league in runs scored (32) and hits (46) entering the weekend.
The 49ers will not play a midweek game next week, and will play again after the weekend with a home conference series, hosting Saint Joseph's next Friday night at 6 p.m. to start the three-game set.