The Charlotte 49ers (19-28, 8-15 C-USA) give up a big eight-run second inning to Old Dominion, proving to be the only runs to come across to score for the Monarchs Saturday afternoon, lose 8-5 in the second game of the three-game series at the Hayes.
Josh Maciejewski (L, 4-6) pitched his first outing as a Saturday starter for Charlotte, allowing eight runs (five earned) in only 1.2 innings, allowing five hits on 51 pitches.
Charlotte started off the game strong as Brett Netzer singled to right field, stole second base, and then scored off of a T.J. Nichting single down the left field line, giving the 49ers an early 1-0 lead.
That lead quickly got wiped away as the Monarchs scored all of their eight runs in the second inning after going three up, three down in the top of the first. Old Dominion (29-17, 12-11 C-USA) did the damage in the second off of six hits and one error, leaving themselves plenty of wiggle room for the rest of the game.
Throughout the remaining innings, the 49ers bullpen held the Monarchs to just three hits, consisting of 5.1 innings from Brandon Vogler, striking out five, and two innings of no-hit relief work from Brandon Casas.
The 49ers failed to give up after some early struggles, using a Hunter Jones infield-single to short and a two-run home run from Derek Gallello to right field to chip into the Monarch lead in the fourth.
Charlotte continued to cut into the lead in the fifth inning, seeing a home run fly over left field wall off Logan Sherer’s bat, his tenth home run this season, creating a five run deficit for the 49ers.
After back-to-back walks from Netzer and Logan Sherer to lead off the seventh inning, Nichting singled to center field, creating a bases loaded situation for Drew Ober. Ober grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, scoring Netzer from third for Charlotte’s fifth and last run of the ballgame.
Charlotte looks to avenge their two losses to Old Dominion with a win Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium.