CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandon Vogler, Micah Wells and Logan Sherer combined to toss a four-hit shutout as Charlotte rolled to a 9-0 blanking of UNC Asheville on Wednesday night. After setting a season-high with 11 runs on Tuesday, the Niners continued their hot swing using three multi-run frames producing their second highest run production of the season.
“I thought Vogler got us off to a good start,” remarked Head Coach Loren Hibbs postgame. “He’s another young guy that keeps getting better and better. He hadn’t pitched a whole lot through high school. He’s a little bit further ahead pitching wise and I’m proud of him and what he’s done to this point to develop.”
Charlotte would being Wednesday picking up where they left off at Winthrop on Tuesday putting an early run on the board in the first. Mikal Hill and T.J. Nichting started with one-out walks before Corbin Shive doubled home Hill with a shot down the left field line. The Niners will keep the offense rolling with back-to-back three run frames in the third and fourth frames.
Nichting started the third with a one out walk before Shive was hit by a pitch for the third of four times in less than 24 hours. After Des Roberts laced a single to right to load the bases, Sherer would draw a bases loaded walk to score Nichting for a 2-0 lead. Later with two outs on the board, Brad Elwood would be issues a free pass to bring in Shive before Zach Jarrett singled home Roberts.
In the fourth, it took one swing from Sherer to clear the bases catapulting the lead out to seven. Hill reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning before Shive walked while Roberts was hit by a pitch. After a UNC Asheville pitching change, Sherer took advantage of a 1-0 count hammering a double that one-hopped the wall in right to bring in all three runs.
Charlotte would tack on two unearned runs in the seventh to advance the lead out to nine. Elwood and Eric Eason would each reach on fielding errors committed by UNC Asheville while Gallello walked to load the bases. Nichting would draw the Niners third bases loaded walk of the game to score Elwood while Shive was hit for the second time that trotted in Eason from third.
Eight different starters would collect a hit on Wednesday providing another balanced attack at the plate as a team. Sherer would collect a total of four RBI giving him seven over the last two games.
“We need to continue to make progress and continue to try and keep a balanced lineup out there,” continued Hibbs. “Good programs and good teams get better as the year goes on. We’ve had a history of doing that for most of the 22 years we’ve been here. That’s what we’re trying to do. Get better as time goes on.”
Vogler (1-0) picked up the win in his second career start tossing a six innings allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts. The freshman set career-highs in both innings pitched and strikeouts during his victory over the Bulldogs. Wells would toss the seventh and eighth allowing just one hit while fanning a career-high four. Sherer would come in to close out the ninth working around a leadoff walk while registering a strikeout to preserve the shutout.
Charlotte will now hit the road this weekend for the second Conference USA matchup away from Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. The Niners travel north to Old Dominion for a three-game series starting Friday at 6:00 p.m. RHP Corey Roberts (0-2, 3.56) will get the game one start for Charlotte.