|Softball falls to Dayton in conference play|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte softball team was swept by Dayton in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader, Saturday afternoon at the University of Dayton Softball Field.
The Niners (14-18 overall, 2-6 A-10) fell to the Flyers (14-15, 7-2) 3-0 in game one and 11-6 in game two.
Chelsea Ingersoll finished with three hits and two RBIs in the series. Natalie Capone and Briana Gwaltney each recorded two hits in game two. Ingersoll and Capone recorded their 12th multiple hit game of the season while Gwaltney turned in her 11th. Ingersoll’s two RBIs in game two also notched her eighth multiple hit game of the year, which leads the team.
The opening game went scoreless for three innings until Dayton scored a run off one hits and a Charlotte error in the fourth inning. The Flyers drove in two more runs in the sixth inning where they hit three doubles to extend their lead to 3-0.
Charlotte got off to a quick start in game two, courtesy of Gwaltney’s fifth homer of the season. With a 2-2 count and two outs, Gwaltney belted a solo shot over centerfield to put the 49ers up 1-0 in the first inning.
However, the Niners’ lead was short-lived when Dayton put up four runs off three hits to take the 4-1 advantage in the second inning.
Capone and Alex Rogers led off the third with consecutive singles to set Ingersoll up for a RBI single to right center to cut the Flyers’ lead to 4-2. But Dayton continued to surge on the offensive side of the ball and duplicated another big inning in the third, pushing the score to 8-2.
Charlotte’s last run came in the fifth inning when Gwaltney reached on a double to right field with two outs. Ingersoll drove Gwaltney in with another hit to right center and cut Dayton’s lead to 8-3.
But Dayton used a pair of hits and a Charlotte error to score a run in the fifth and two hits to drive in two runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 11-3, ending the game.
Chelsea Lisikatos recorded the loss and fell to 5-6.
After being on the road for eight games, the 49ers return home Wednesday, April 10 for a non-conference doubleheader against Furman beginning at 4 p.m. at the D.L. Phillips Complex.