The Charlotte 49ers (20-28, 9-15 C-USA) needed a dominant performance from Holden Capps (W, 4-1) in his first career start in a Charlotte uniform to propel themselves past the Old Dominion Monarchs (29-18, 12-12 C-USA) Sunday afternoon 5-2, also getting help from a couple long balls from Logan Sherer and Zach Jarrett.
The Charlotte offense didn’t waste anytime providing run support for Capps on Sunday, scoring one in the first off of a Logan Sherer single up the middle, bringing in Brett Netzer who led off with a double to center.
In the third, T.J. Nichting reached on a two-out infield single to the shortstop, bringing up Jarrett. The junior left fielder smacked a home run down the left field line, his second of the year, giving the 49ers a 3-0 lead.
Just one inning later, Hunter Jones led off with a single to left field, advancing to second off a Derek Gallello bunt that the speedy senior reached first on, one of three hits for him on the day. With runners on first and second, Nick Daddio laid down one of his three sacrifice bunts on the day, putting two runners in scoring position for Reece Hampton.
Although Hampton didn’t get a hit, he brought in a run by grounding out to the shortstop, giving Charlotte a four run lead.
Logan Sherer led off the fifth, sending an absolute bomb over the new Charlotte sign out in left field, his team-leading eleventh home run of the season, giving Capps a 5-0 lead.
In the sixth and eighth innings, Capps surrendered one run in each inning, but got timely strikeouts and double-plays up the middle from Jones and Netzer to get out of innings.
Capps finished the day throwing eight complete innings, giving up just six hits on two runs, striking out three while walking five Monarch batters on 112 pitches. This outing proved to be the longest outing for Capps, after throwing 7.1 innings in another dominant performance against ranked Florida Atlantic where he struck out six batters, only giving up two hits.
Philip Perry replaced Capps on the mound in the ninth to shut it down, striking out two batters for his third save of the season.
Charlotte will travel to UTSA for a Conference USA (C-USA) weekend series before coming home for the final four games of the season. Every C-USA game is vital for the 49ers in their quest to reach the conference tournament in Mississippi.