Charlotte had its school-record-tying 17-game home winning streak snapped at the hands of No. 25 North Carolina by a 5-0 final Wednesday night at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 27-17, winners of four of their last five, while Charlotte falls to 29-10 on the season.
The loss was just the fourth for Charlotte in 28 home games this season and only the second shutout of the Niners in their last 92 contests. North Carolina has held Charlotte scoreless in two of the last four meetings, including two of the last three contests in Charlotte.
The Charlotte win streak started back on March 16, in an 11-10 defeat of then-No. 7 Clemson 11-10. The run included sweeps of Harvard, St. Bonaventure, Massachusetts and Dayton, and a weeknight win over Wake Forest as the Niners were trying to include a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference teams en route to a new record. The total is the most for Charlotte in a single season, and ties the mark set across the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Charlotte last lost at home on March 13.
The Tar Heels grabbed the lead in the top of the first with a single up the middle by leadoff hitter Mike Cavasinni. After a sacrifice bunt to move him to second, he scored on an RBI single to left by clean-up hitter Jesse Wierzbicki.
North Carolina added the second run in the fourth as Wierzbicki scored after his leadoff single, a double by Dillon Hazlett and an RBI groundout from shortstop Ryan Graepel for the 2-0 lead.
The Tar Heels were able to tack on a third run in the sixth after a walk and an RBI triple by designated hitter Seth Baldwin.
North Carolina got the bases loaded with one out in the eighth, but redshirt junior Bryan Hamilton (Woodstock, Md. / Mount Saint Joseph HS) recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
Charlotte got a pair of runners on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but they were both stranded on a strikeout.
The Tar Heels added two unearned runs in the ninth on a single and a pair of 49ers errors.
North Carolina starter Chris Munnelly earned the win, scattering four hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. Reliever Colin Bates recorded his first save of the season by combining for the shutout, closing out the game by allowing just three hits in the final three innings, with four strikeouts.
The loss went to Charlotte starter Tim Lysaught (Shawnee, Kan. / Bishop Miege HS), who gave up one run on three hits in three innings of work. He struck out five, including four in a row at one point, and all three batters of the second.
Charlotte outfielder Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS) had two of Charlotte's seven hits in the game to lead the team. Four Tar Heels tied for the game-high with a pair of hits. Five different Tar Heels scored a run, with three different players registering one RBI each.
Charlotte will stay at home for an Atlantic 10 Conference weekend series against Temple, beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. The Niners are 12-3 and in first place in the league standings. The Charlotte 49ers Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting new and used shoes for donation to benefit the Charlotte Uptown Men's Homeless Shelter and Crisis Assistance Ministries over the weekend.