CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte baseball will wrap up its longest homestand of the season with a pair of non-conference tilts against VCU and Liberty on Tuesday and Wednesday at Robert & Mariam Hayes Stadium. Both start times are set for 4:00 p.m. as the Niners look to snap a 10-game winless streak.
The 49ers woes continued at the hands of #21 Florida International as the Panthers swept a Conference USA series over the weekend. FIU took both games on Saturday 7-0 and 10-4 before wrapping up the weekend with an 8-0 shutout on Sunday. As a collective unit, the Panthers hit .360 as a team scoring 25 runs on 41 hits. FIU pitching would shut down the Niners offense using a 0.67 earned run average over the three-game set with Charlotte hitting just .132 as a team. Catcher Brett Lang would have the best weekend for the Niners at the plate going 3-for-10 with a double and run scored.
VCU enters Tuesday’s play after taking two of three from UNC Wilmington over the weekend. The Rams pounded out 15 hits in game one of a doubleheader Sunday scoring a 14-8 win before winning the series with a 4-2 win in the nightcap. VCU stands at 12-2 through 14 games of 2014 sweeping opponents in three of their four weekends so far. Opening at Georgia Tech, the Rams defeated Radford and Old Dominion before knocking off the hosts on Sunday. The following weekends saw VCU sweep both Furman and Temple in three-game sets. The Rams sport a .297 team batting average and a staff ERA of 3.14 coming into Tuesday.
Through the weekend, Liberty has put together an 11-6 start traveling to Elon on Tuesday before heading to Charlotte on Wednesday. The Flames are on a five-game win streak standing at 11-6 after coming off of a three-game sweep of Kent State over the weekend notching 6-2, 4-2 and 9-1 victories at home. Liberty has won eight of their last nine after starting the year 3-5. Similar to VCU, the Flames are hitting .301 as a collective unit with a staff ERA of 3.12.
Freshman Brandon Vogler will make his first career start on Tuesday against the Rams. Vogler has appeared in two relief appearances this season with his last coming on Saturday in game one against #21 FIU. In his 0.2 innings, Vogler recorded a strikeout for one of his two outs. In his first appearance of the year, Vogler went two innings against Canisius in the series-finale giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits with a walk and strikeout. The freshman combined to go 14-4 with 153 strikeouts in 111 innings at Reagan HS in Lewisville.
Corbin Shive will make his third start of the season on Wednesday against Liberty. Shive has taken losses in both of his previous appearances. In his first start at the College of Charleston, Shive became the victim of a dropped pop up on the infield that allowed CofC to score four unearned runs en route to a 5-2 victory. Last week against UNC Asheville, Shive struck out a career-high six in his five innings of work, giving up four runs on six hits in the defeat. The Niners have given Shive little run support scoring just three runs combined in his two starts.
Tickets for the mid-week ballgames are available by contacting the Charlotte 49ers ticket office at 704-687-4949. Live stats/video will be provided for both matchups via http://www.charlotte49ers.com with live, in-game updates via Twitter by following @Charlotte49ers and @49erGameDay.