A two-out seven-run rally in the fourth inning blew open game two of an Atlantic 10 Conference weekend as Charlotte won the first two of the series over George Washington at home in a 10-4 victory at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. The 49ers win back-to-back games for the first time since March 16 and 17 and improve to 21-13 on the season, 5-3 in the A-10. The Colonials drop t0 11-23, 5-6 in the league.
The Colonials pitched their way out of a jam in the second when the first three Charlotte hitters had singles to load the bases before starter Aaron Weisberg got a pair of popouts and a flyout to end the threat.
After a leadoff single and a steal of second in the fourth by sophomore designated hitter Derek Gallello (Fredericksburg, Va. / Riverbend HS), Weisburg again looked to escape with a popout and a sacrifice bunt to get Gallello to third before a walk and six hits drove in Gallello and six more runners in the frame. It was Charlotte’s third seven-run inning of the season, but the first since February 20.
Charlotte added two more runs without a hit in the fifth after a hit batter and walk scored on back-to-back sacrifice flies for a 9-0 lead.
The Colonials avoided the shutout with the first career home run, a three-run shot to left from freshman pinch hitter Nolan Lodden for a 9-3 score.
The 49ers got to double digits when junior outfielder Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS) lined an RBI single out to left with two outs in the seventh for Charlotte’s eighth two-out RBI of the game and a 10-3 tally.
The Colonials got one back in the top of the eighth after a single, then an RBI double from pinch hitter Luke Olsen for the final score of the game. Pinch hitters had all four RBI in the game for the Colonials.
Charlotte starting pitcher John Hamilton (Strongsville, Ohio) tossed eight strong innings for the first conference win by a starting pitcher this season for the 49ers. In eight innings, he allowed four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks, logging six strikeouts in a career-long 110 pitches.
Charlotte reliever Ryan Mas (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS) came in to pitch the ninth and close out the contest.
Weisburg took the loss (3-4) after 3.2 innings, allowing 11 hits and a walk for seven runs in that fourth inning.
Montalbano and sophomore second baseman Brad Elwood (Indian Trail, N.C. / Piedmont HS) tied career highs with four hits each. Elwood leads the 49ers with four-hit games with three this season. Gallello’s three hits also tied a career high. Charlotte tied its season high with 17 hits in the contest.
The 49ers have won their 38th of 47 home series of three games or more since the stadium opened on March 31, 2007. Game three will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Montalbano also tied his career high with three runs scored in the contest… He has he has 11 hits in his last four games, with at least two in four straight… He is hitting .550 in that span and leads the 49ers with a .414 average in the eight A-10 contests… He has team highs of 12 hits, including a team-best four doubles, and seven runs scored in those eight contests… Hamilton’s last win came on March 2, five starts ago… Today was the most run support he has received this season… Five batters had multi-hit games for the 49ers… Seven hitters recorded an RBI, including six batters in the fourth inning… Charlotte is 15-0 when scoring six or more runs in a game this season, 5-0 when reaching 10 runs… The 49ers have outscored opponents 23-11 in the fourth inning this season…