|Charlotte Splits Day One of 49er Invitational|
Charlotte, N.C.- After a convincing 8-0 win in game one, the Charlotte 49ers battle back but fall 9-7 in the night cap in action on Friday afternoon.
The Niners were led offensively by Jessica Plemmons at the plate going 6-9 with six RBI and a long ball. Natalie Capone reached base four times going 4-8 with two RBI and two runs scored. Lexi Betancourt picked up the win in game one but took the loss in game two snapping a five game winning streak in the circle.
Charlotte got off to a bang in the first game against Liberty scoring in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Capone led off the game with an infield single to shortstop. Samantha Slade moves Capone into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. Plemmons put the Niners on the board with a RBI double to right center field.
Chelsea Ingersoll led the attack for the Niners in the top of the fourth inning. Ingersoll reached on an infield single to second. Hayley Lewis pushed Ingersoll into scoring position after being hit by the pitch. Jessie Fennell made it a 2-0 lead with a single through the right side scoring Ingersoll.
Charlotte (6-6) exploded in the fifth inning putting the game out of reach plating four runs and a 6-0 lead over the Flames. Capone singled up the middle followed by a Slade fielder's choice putting two on with one out. Jackie Kleinsmith picked up a RBI double down the left field line scoring Capone from second and sending Slade to third. Jessica Plemmons put the game out of reach with a 3-run dinger to right center for her fourth of the year.
The 49ers were not done scoring pushing across two more runs in the top of the seventh. Sam Slade reached on a misplay by the right fielder and scooted around to third base. Kleinsmith took advantage of a first pitch strike sending it over the left field fence for a convincing 8-0 lead. Kleinsmith finished the game 2-4 with three RBI and a home run.
Lexi Betancourt (6-2)picked up the win in game one picking up her sixth win of the season tossing seven shutout innings allowing three hits and punching out eight. Alyssa DiMartino picked up the loss allowing eight runs off nine hits.
In the night cap, Stony Brook broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second inning plating three runs. Stony Brook's Bria Green took a 3-1 pitch to dead center field for the first run of the game. Back-to-back doubles by Phelan and Zabielski kept the inning going for the Seawolves. A two out single up the middle by Reynolds plated Zabielski for the final run of the inning and a 3-0 early lead.
Charlotte chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Hannah Bright singled up the middle to start the inning. Sam Slade moved Bright up with a walk. A groundout by Kleinsmith moved Bright and Slade into scoring position with two outs. A timely two out single up the middle allowed Bright and Slade to score cutting into the deficit 3-2.
Stony Brook responded in its half of the fourth inning pushing the lead back to three scoring two runs in the innign. Abi Lund started the inning with a hit by pitch. A Niner throwing error allowed Lund to scamper around to third and Reynolds up to third. After two quick outs, Shayla Giosia doubled to right center scoring Lund and Reynolds to put the Seawolves lead back at three, 5-2.
The Seawolves pushed the lead to 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning with back-to-back singles to open the frame. Green doubled to left center field plated a Seawolves run for a comfortable four run lead.
Charlotte didn't go away quietly in its half of the sixth inning scoring four runs off four hits and an error to tie things at six-all. Jessica Plemmons doubled to left field followed by Chelsea Ingersoll's double down the right field line pushing Plemmons from second for the first run of the inning. Hayley Lewis battled at the plate to draw a nine pitch walk to keep the rally going. Jessie Fennell reached on an infield single to load the bases. A wild pitch from Starter Jane Sallen pushed across Ingersoll for the Niners second run of the inning. A RBI ground out by Courtney Carroll made it a one-run game plating Lewis from third. A fielding error by the shortstop and a single through the left side of the infield tied things at six apiece.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning pushing the game into extra innings. Charlotte had its chance in the bottom half of the inning but two strikeouts and a pop up ended the inning for the Niners.
Both teams scored in its half of the eighth inning. With Courtney Carroll placed on second base due to international tiebreaker rules, Hannah Bright singled to third base on a well placed bunt pushed Carroll to third. With runners on the corners and no outs, Capone singled to right field plating the tying run. A fielder's choice cut down the winning run at the plate trying to score.
Stony Brook scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to give the Seawolves its first win of the season. Charlotte lost for the first time in extra innings since last season's 49er Invitational against Sacred Heart 3-2 on Feb. 24, 2013.
Mackenzie Hauser started game two and picked up a no decision tossing three innings allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits. Lexi Betancourt picked up her second loss of the season pitching the final six innings allowing four runs (two earned) off six hits and punching out eight.
Reliever Allison Cukrov for Stony Brook picked up her first win of the season tossing 3.2 innings allowing one unearned run off three hits.
Charlotte will play Georgetown at 12 pm in the final game of the round robin. Charlotte could play at 2 pm or at 4 pm depending on result and runs scored. Georgetown won both games today and sits as the #1 seed heading into tomorrow. This will be the first ever meeting between the Niners and the Hoyas.