Charlotte sophomore Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C. / Hickory HS) took a no-hitter into the sixth and the offense put up season highs with 15 runs and 20 hits in a 15-3 series finale at George Washington Sunday at Barcroft Park. The win gives Charlotte its first Atlantic 10 Conference series sweep and pushes its record to 20-23, 8-9 in the A-10. Charlotte has won six of its last eight conference games and finishes with a 7-5 road league record, with two home weekends to go in conference. The Colonials are 17-28, 3-12 in the A-10. GW has dropped eight straight league games.
Barnette gave up a walk in the second, with the runner erased on a double play. He faced the minimum until a one-out walk in the second. He had only three base runners in the first four innings.
The offense scored a run in the first after a two-out walk to outfielder Shane Brown (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg HS) became a run after a double from third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) drove him in from first for the lead.
Two more runs came in with two outs in the second on a double from Justin Roland (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS). The double is his team-leading 13th of the season and was the second of three hits in the game for him. In 17 conference games this season, Roland leads the team with a .391 batting average. He has reached base safely in Charlotte's last 19 games.
Charlotte scored three more runs in the third on four hits and an error in the frame. Second baseman Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.) hit a two-RBI double down the third base line, and outfielder Brad Elwood (Indian Trail, N.C. / Piedmont HS) singled home Montalbano for the 6-0 lead.
The 49ers had nine hits and sent 14 men to the plate in the fourth. Basen had two hits in the inning, an RBI single in his first at bat, and a bases-loaded triple to drive in three more in his second trip to the plate. Basen collected four hits in the game and drove home five runs, tying career highs in both categories. He finished the weekend 8-for-12, with two doubles, two triples and an astounding 12 RBI in the series. He leads Charlotte with 40 RBI this season.
Charlotte scored all 15 runs in the first four innings.
Barnette walked the bases loaded in the fifth before recording an out. He induced back-to-back fielder's choice groundouts, scoring a pair of runs, before another walk and a popout to end the inning 15-2.
GW got its first with two outs in the sixth, a double off the wall in right, before a flyout ended the frame.
Barnette earned his second win of the season (2-3), allowing two runs on the one hit in six innings. He struck out five and walked a career-high six.
The loss went to GW starter Craig LeJeune (1-2). He lasted 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.
Charlotte does not a play a midweek game in preparation for exams on campus. The 49ers play next in a Saturday night game at Georgia Tech, beginning at 7 p.m. in the team's bye weekend in conference.
NOTES: Charlotte scored in the first innings of all three games in the series, with four on Friday, three on Saturday and the one run on Sunday... Charlotte outscored GW 32-10 in the series, with 42 hits to 19 allowed... All three starting pitchers got the win for Charlotte for the weekend, the first time that has happened since the opening weekend of the season... Basen slugged 1.167 for the weekend, drawing three walks for an on-base percentage of .688 in the three games... He also recorded a series-high 18 assists and a pair of putouts with no errors at third... He improved his season average to .333... He also had two triples in the series, to take the team lead with five... Designated hitter Corbin Shive (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) had two hits and reached base four times to extend his team-best streak of reaching base safely to 27 games.