|Charlotte Completes Sweep of Coppin State Sunday|
The Charlotte 49ers baseball team completed its weekend sweep of Coppin State, with an 11-0 Sunday victory over the Eagles at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. The game was shortened to seven innings. The 49ers start the season 4-0, outscoring CSU 61-1 over the four seven-inning games. In the last three games of the series, Charlotte had a 43-0 margin, setting a new school mark for scoring in three consecutive home games. It was the third time in school history that Charlotte has held an opponent scoreless in three straight home contests, the fifth time that the Niners have tossed three straight shutouts regardless of venue. Charlotte has never scored 61 runs in an opening weekend, doing so in just 24 offensive innings.
The 49ers scored a pair of runs in the first, all with two outs. The first came on an RBI single by Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.), his team-leading tenth RBI of the weekend. Montalbano later scored on a bases-loaded walk to designated hitter Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS) before the third out was recorded.
After the game's third run coming across in the third, the Niners added two runs in the fourth, in part due to Montalbano's fifth double of the young season. Charlotte added four more runs on four Eagles errors and one hit to extend the margin to 9-0. Charlotte capped the scoring with a pair of runs on three hits in the sixth for the final margin.
Chad Rothlin (Hickory, N.C. / Fred T. Foard HS) earned the win in his first start of 2011. The junior tossed five innings of shutout baseball, allowing two hits and a walk, with a pair of strikeouts. Freshman Ryan Mas (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS) tossed an inning of scoreless relief, as did closer Bryan Hamilton (Woodstock, Md. / Mount Saint Joseph HS).
Charlotte batted .416 as a team for the weekend, allowing a .132 batting average by the Eagles. The 49ers also drew 38 walks, for an on-base percentage of .561 in the four games. Charlotte recorded five triples in the weekend, well on the way to eclipsing last year's total of 15.
The 49ers will take the week to practice before hosting Big 12 foe Missouri for a four-game series, beginning Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.