ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Charlotte 49ers pounded out a season-high 11 runs cruising to an 11-2 victory at Winthrop in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday night. The Niners scored five runs in the fourth followed by two runs in each of the last three innings to knock off the Eagles.
After going nine-up, nine-down the first time through the lineup, the Charlotte (4-16-1) bats would explode in the fourth putting a five-spot on the board to take a 5-0 lead against Winthrop starter Jason Driver. Derek Gallello started with a bunt single to third and quickly moved to second on a Driver wild pitch. Mikal Hill soon followed with a line drive single to center that easily scored Gallello for a 1-0 lead.
Corbin Shive hitting offensively as well as starting on the mound Tuesday night was hit by a pitch to advance Hill to second so Des Roberts could soon drive him in with a base hit to left. With two runners aboard, Logan Sherer came up with the big hit of the frame lining a two-run triple to right-center scoring both Shive and Roberts for a 4-0 advantage. Brad Elwood followed with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Sherer for a five-run cushion.
Winthrop (11-14) would find the scoreboard themselves with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to slice the Niner lead down to three. Michael Patrick started with a single to left and scampered to third on Tyler Asbill’s fielder's choice as a Charlotte throwing error allowed both runners to move up. Soon after, Leighton Daniels would line a double to right-center scoring both Patrick and Asbill for the Eagles only two runs.
Charlotte would keep the foot on the gas scoring two runs in each of the final three innings to cruise to their 11-2 victory. A T.J. Nichting fielder’s choice, and Winthrop error on the same play, led to the two runs in the seventh before a Brett Lang RBI-double, along with an Eric Eason run-scoring single in the eighth added two more in the eighth. The Niners would close things out in the ninth as Roberts added his second RBI single in the ninth while Sherer added his third RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Lang led the Niners going 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored while Roberts collected a pair of hits as well. Shive (1-2) picked up his first win of the season tossing a career-high six innings allowing two unearned runs on five hits while fanning five. Nate Traugh and Hunter May combined for three hitless innings to hand Shive the win. Traugh went two innings with three strikeouts while May tossed the ninth with a strikeout.
“It was cold,” remarked Head Coach Loren Hibbs. “It was not an easy night to play at all with the wind blowing. We’re getting better and making progress. I thought Shive was really good. He set the tone for us. I’m proud of our guys. It’s a good win against a good team that had been playing well.”
The Niners will return home on Wednesday night for a 6:00 p.m. matchup with UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs scored a 5-1 win over Charlotte in the first contest back on March 5th. RHP Brandon Vogler (0-0, 1.29) will get the start. Tickets for the non-conference tilt are available by calling the Niners ticket office at 704-687-4949.
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