|No. 25 Baseball Wins Weekend Series in 17-6 Slugfest at Massachusetts|
All nine Charlotte 49ers had at least one hit to clinch a weekend series Sunday at Earl Lorden Field in a 17-6 final over Massachusetts in Atlantic 10 Conference baseball. The No. 25 49ers improved to 34-10 on the season, with a league-leading 13-5 record. The Minutemen slip to 14-23 overall, 6-9 in league play. Charlotte improves to 9-5 on the road this season.
Minutemen starter Dennis Torres retired the first six 49ers he faced and UMass scored a run in the second on a leadoff solo homer to left center by left fielder Kyle Multner before Charlotte came alive.
The 49ers scored three in the third, four in the fourth and added another run in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead before UMass scored another lone run in the fifth.
Charlotte saw a one-out single by junior designate hitter Miguel Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.) before back-to-back RBI doubles from shortstop Justin Roland (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) and right fielder Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS). Wilson scored on an RBI single from left fielder Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.) to complete the scoring for the inning.
A Rodriguez RBI single in the fourth started the scoring, before Wilson's bases-loaded double drove in three more runs. Wilson led all players with four hits in the game and eight hits for the weekend series, ending 8-for-12 with four runs and six RBI. He had three doubles in the contest.
After UMass scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, Charlotte put up six runs in the top of the sixth, including a three-run homer to left by second baseman Corey Shaylor (Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS). Shaylor leads the squad with four home runs this season and is tied with outfielder Cory Tilton (Cary, N.C. / Green Hope HS) with 11 career home runs, most among active players.
The Minutemen scored four in the bottom of the sixth and Charlotte finished the scoring with three more runs in the seventh, two of them scoring on a double by Montalbano. He tied Wilson with four RBI in the contest and tied his career high with three runs scored.
Charlotte starter Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C. / Hickory HS) got the win after five innings, improving to 6-1. He allowed all six UMass runs on seven hits, and three walks, all career-high totals. He struck out three. Three Charlotte relievers were not charged with a run in the final four innings.
Torres took the loss for Massachusetts (2-4), allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out three.
Rodriguez tied career highs with three hits and three RBI in the contest.
The 17 runs were the fifth-highest total by the Charlotte offense this season. The 18 hits tied for the second-most in a game this year.
Charlotte will have the week off for exams, next playing Friday to start a three-game home weekend series against Richmond. First-pitch time at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium is set for 6 p.m.
NOTES: Charlotte fell behind in each game of the three-game series, coming back on Friday and Sunday... Charlotte is 10-8 in those games... Charlotte is also 12-0 when scoring double-digit run totals... The 49ers outhit UMass in all three games, now with a 27-3 mark when collecting more hits than opponents... Each team hit one home run, giving Charlotte a 7-3 mark when hitting exactly one homer and 6-5 when the opponent collects one four-base hit.