|Smith's Complete Game Propels Baseball Past Temple|
Charlotte redshirt senior Andrew Smith (Matthews, N.C. / Butler HS) tossed the 49ers first complete-game of the season, and the second of his career in a 10-1 conference win at Temple Friday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field. Charlotte improves to 15-19 on the season, 3-7 in league games. Temple is 12-21, 0-7 in conference play.
Smith's complete game came nearly a year to the day of his only other CG effort, last April 15 at Saint Louis (a 3-0 shutout victory). His only run allowed in today's game came in the fourth after a leadoff double by first baseman Matt Elko, which was followed by an RBI single to left from catcher Taylor Juran. Smith stranded nine Owls on base, scattering eight hits and a walk in his 131-pitch outing. He struck out six to move into a tie for ninth place in Charlotte baseball history with 213 career strikeouts. With nine innings pitched, Smith also moved into ninth all-time at Charlotte with 279 innings pitched. It was also his 20th career victory, tied for sixth-most in school history, improving his season mark to 4-5.
Offensively, freshman Leland Clemmons (Chesapeake, Va. / Portsmouth Christian HS) tied career highs with two hits and two RBI, while breaking his career high with three runs scored in the game. He pushed across Charlotte's first run of the day with an RBI double down the third base line in the second.
The 49ers scored three unearned runs after a pair of errors from starting pitcher Dan Moller put the first two batters on base. Junior third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) plated one with a sacrifice fly and freshman second baseman Derek Gallello (Fredericksburg, Va. / Riverbend HS) drove in two more with the first of his two singles in the game for a 4-0 lead.
Clemmons walked to lead off the fourth and scored on a double from redshirt junior shortstop Justin Roland (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS). Roland tied Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS) with the team lead in that category with eight this season.
After the Owls broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fourth, Charlotte got back on the board in the sixth. Clemmons was hit by a pitch to start the frame, stole second and scored on an RBI groundout from outfielder Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La.) for a 6-1 lead.
The 49ers put up two more in the seventh, including an RBI on the first triple of Clemmons' career. He scored his third run on a wild pitch in the frame.
The Niners tacked on the last two runs of the game on the third triple of the season by Basen, trying Seager for the Atlantic 10 Conference lead. Basen's three hits tied his season high.
Charlotte outhit Temple 9-8 in the contest. Three 49ers finished with two hits, while Temple's Juran led all players with three hits.
The 49ers and Owls continue the series Saturday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: The complete game was the first for Charlotte since Sunday's starter Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C. / Hickory HS) tossed one against Fordham at home on April 24 of last season... Corey Roberts threw three of Charlotte's five complete games last season. Smith's lone career complete game came last April 15 at Saint Louis... The 131 total pitches in a game is a career high.