The Charlotte 49ers stopped a four-game losing skid and ended USC Upstate's 10-game win streak with a five-hit shutout in an 11-0 victory Tuesday night at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium in non-conference collegiate baseball action. Redshirt senior pitcher Joe Yermal (Bel Air, Md. / McDonogh HS) pulled into third all-time at Charlotte with his 27th career win, and third career victory in as many starts against the Spartans. Charlotte improves to 10-7 overall, while Upstate is 12-2 on the season.
The 49ers got on the board first, something they have done in four straight games, with two runs in the second inning, all coming with two outs. After a pair of strikeouts, freshman second baseman Derek Gallello (Fredericksburg, Va. / Riverbend HS) drew a walk and scored a batter later on an RBI triple into the right field corner by first baseman Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS). Seager scored on a line drive single to right by catcher Miguel Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.) before two more singles in the inning against Upstate starter David Palladino.
Rodriguez scored a run in the bottom of the fourth after he singled and came home on a sacrifice fly from outfielder J.J. Elseser (Brunswick, Ga.).
Yermal was dealing early, allowing just two hits through two trips through the batting order. In seven innings, he allowed five hits and two walks, striking out three batters to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Niners added a run in the seventh on an RBI single from Gallello, scoring outfielder Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.). Charlotte poured on seven more runs in the eighth, on four hits, two RBI walks and a hit batter for an RBI. The 11 runs, all earned, came against the nation's fifth-best team earned run average entering play this week (2.08).
Designated hitter Corbin Shive (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) came in with one out in the eighth and runners at first and second and preserved the shutout with two fielder's choice groundouts sandwiched around a walk. He stayed on in the ninth and closed the game out with another pair of groundouts and a strikeout to earn his first career save.
Palladino got his first career loss (2-1). In 3.1 innings, he gave up three earned runs on nine hits and four walks, logging three strikeouts.
Redshirt senior Shane Brown (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg HS) had Charlotte's third four-hit game of the season, with shortstop Justin Roland (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) putting together a season-high three hits. Three other 49ers had two hits each, with Seager, Rodriguez, Montalbano and Gallello driving in two runs each.
Five different players had one hit each for the Spartans, who did not play a game since last Wednesday at College of Charleston.
Charlotte hosts a three-game series with Dallas Baptist, beginning Thursday night at 6 p.m. The 49ers have won 20 straight home series.
NOTES: The 11 runs were the most allowed in a game this season by Upstate... Yermal passed former 49er Ryan Baker for third on the all-time wins list at Charlotte... He needs two more to move into a tie for second all-time with Tim Collie... Yermal's seven innings pushed his career total to 264.1, moving him to eighth all-time at Charlotte, passing Jeff Holshouser... He needs 12 innings to catch former major-leaguer John Maine, who sits in seventh on that list... Yermal made his 45th start, tied for fourth-most in program history with Zach Treadway, and two shy of Collie for third... The shutout was the third for Charlotte this season, and the second combined shutout this year for Yermal in four starts, who now has four for his career... Brown pushed his season average to .400 with his four hits, but was caught stealing for the first time this season (16 attempts)... His 15 steals this season were tied for the national lead on Monday... Seager's triple in the second gave him a team-leading seventh extra-base hit this season... He was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth for just his third single of the season.