Charlotte and No. 1 North Carolina traded early runs, but the Tar Heels became the first team this season to get to 40 wins by taking advantage of extra at bats in a 10-2 Wednesday win at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill in non-conference baseball action. Charlotte slipped to 24-18 on the season, while the Tar Heels improved to 40-3.
The Tar Heels got on the board first with a run on a hit in the bottom of the first. Starter Wes Hatley (Norwood, N.C. / South Stanly HS) pitched into and out of trouble in the opening frame, getting a double play with the bases loaded to help the team hold the home team to just the one run.
Junior Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS) got a leadoff hit in the second. A pair of groundouts moved him to third and an RBI flare single to center from redshirt senior outfielder J.J. Elseser (Brunswick, Ga.) tied the game.
The 49ers committed a crucial two-out error in the second, which led to a bases-loaded situation for the second-straight innings before center fielder Chaz Frank hit his second double of the game to score two unearned runs and give North Carolina a 3-1 lead.
The Tar Heels put together three two-out hits, the last a three-run homer from first baseman Cody Stubbs for a 6-1 lead.
North Carolina then score four runs in the sixth, two of them unearned after a pair of errors in the frame to take 10-1 lead.
Charlotte got one back in the eighth. Pinch hitter Nick Daddio (Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and he later scored on an RBI double from senior center fielder Michael Green (Richmond, Va. / Thomas Dale HS) for the game’s final run of the night.
The loss went to Hatley (1-1), his first of the season. He gave up just one earned run in two innings on two hits and two walks.
The win went to Tar Heel starter Reilly Hovis, who tossed five innings, scattering three hits and a walk to allow a run. He struck out five.
Four 49ers had one hit each. North Carolina had 10 hits, with Colin Moran collecting three and Stubbs and Frank getting two each. Stubbs’ collected four RBI to lead all players.
The 49ers will head to the Philadelphia area Thursday in advance of a weekend Atlantic 10 Conference series at Temple, which begins with the series opener Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Charlotte slipped to 2-10 in games that start at 6 p.m. or later, 5-9 on the road… Charlotte is 0-2 all-time against the number-one team in the country… Nearly one third (63 of 200) runs scored against Charlotte this season have been unearned, including four in the game tonight… With the run in the eighth, Charlotet has outscored opponents 41-31 in the eighth and ninth innings combined this season… The 49ers have been outscored 30-19 in the first inning this season.