CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As opening day takes place around Major League Baseball, the Charlotte 49ers baseball team will open up a new month of play hosting USC Upstate in non-conference action on Tuesday night, April 1st, at 6:00 p.m.
The Niners will enter the first of five-straight at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium after picking up their first Conference USA win of the season with an 11-4 victory at Old Dominion on Sunday salvaging the final game of the three-game set. Charlotte pounded out a season-high 15 hits recording nine of their runs and 10 of their hits over the final three innings.
Trailing 4-2 entering the seventh, Charlotte would get the offense rolling. In the seventh, Zach Jarrett and Des Roberts started with back-to-back one out singles to start the threat. Later with two outs, pinch-hitter Eric Eason would line a single to right scoring Jarrett as the lead was sliced to 4-3. Mikal Hill followed on the very next pitch driving a double to center to plate both Roberts and Eason giving the Niners a 5-4 advantage.
In the eighth, Logan Sherer started with a single to left before Des Roberts smacked a RBI-triple to right-center adding insurance at 6-4. Grant Dunnegan would then make the most of his pinch-hit opportunity driving in Roberts with his base hit to right.
Charlotte wasn’t content leading 7-4 heading into the ninth. The Niners tacked on four final runs to complete their comeback in a seven-run win. Hill picked up his third hit with a single to center opening up the ninth while Corbin Shive, who nearly missed another home run in the fourth, lined his second double of the game to left-center to bring home Hill. Shive would later score on Sherer’s single to center. With the bases loaded, Patric King and Eason would draw back-to-back walks to round out the four-run frame.
For the first time this season, Sunday’s win at Old Dominion gave the Niners a winning record during a full week of play. Charlotte picked up an 11-2 win at Winthrop on Tuesday before blanking UNC Asheville 9-0 on Wednesday.
Sherer leads the team with a .306 average heading into Tuesday night while Mikal Hill is one point below .300. As a team, the Niners are up to a .245 average as a club.
The Spartans will enter Tuesday night’s action 10-19 overall having dropped eight of their last nine. The lone victory in that stretch came on Saturday in a 6-3 win over Lipscomb. USC Upstate would drop two-of-three to Lipscomb after losing two-of-three at North Florida, all three hosting Florida Gulf Coast and a mid-week tilt against UNC Asheville last Tuesday.
Tyler Lesch leads the Spartans with a .319 average playing in all 29 games this season. Zach Krider follows hitting at a .303 clip with a team-high two homers and 21 runs driven in. USC Upstate currently hits .254 as a team while the pitching staff currently holds an earned run average just under seven at 6.76.
Charlotte will send RHP Corbin Shive (1-2, 2.50) to the mound against USC Upstate on Tuesday. The redshirt senior will make his fourth start of the year coming off his first victory of the year a week ago at Winthrop.