The Charlotte 49ers (2-0) will head into Sunday’s game against West Virginia (0-2) looking for the sweep, after defeating the Mountaineers 13-2 Saturday night in front of another sold-out crowd at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium, backed by homeruns from T.J. Nichting, Logan Sherer and Jackson Mims.
Junior Josh Maciejewski (W, 1-0) toed the rubber for the 49ers and head coach Loren Hibbs, throwing 5.2 innings and working around five walks to only give up one run on three hits.
“We played really well and made a couple of key defensive plays early in the game,” Hibbs said. “Maciejewski gave us a chance and we put some really good swings in there today. West Virginia is a really good team and we’re going to have to come out and play really well again tomorrow.”
Charlotte scored early and often off of Michael Grove for WVU, as the hero from game one for Charlotte, Mims, started the second inning off with a strikeout, but reached base after the curve scooted by the catcher, Rodriguez, allowing Mims to race to first. Drew Ober moved Mims over to third with a single to right, putting runners at the corners for Zach Jarrett. The senior from Hickory hit a deep fly to right field, as Mims tagged from third and scored the first run for either team.
Brandon White and WVU answered in the third inning, as White drove a ball to the left field, allowing him to cruise into second with two outs. After a Kyle Davis walk, Darius Hill doubled to score White from second, tying the game up at one.
Right on cue, Mims stepped up to the plate to lead off the fourth inning, hitting his first homerun as a Niner to left field, giving Charlotte a 2-1 advantage. The 49ers weren’t done though, as Ober walked, follewed by back-to-back singles from Jarrett and Jones, white Jones’ single scoring Ober to give Charlotte a 3-1 lead. Sophomore Reece Hampton hit a deep fly ball to allow Jarrett to tag up and score the fourth run of the ballgame for Charlotte.
The Mountianeers scored their only other run in the seventh, but that wasn’t until after Charlotte put up three runs in the sixth, highlighted by a Logan Sherer homerun, his first of his senior season. The 49ers continued to pour it on the Mountaineers in the seventh, after Hunter Jones registered one of his two hits on the day, followed by a double from Brett Netzer. Netzer finished the day 3-for-4, with two singles and a run scored. Sherer followed Netzer with a single, which led to a two-run homerun off the bat of Nichting.
Charlotte did their job on the mound as well, as Brandon Casas, Philip Perry and Matt Brooks came in strong in relief for Maciejewski.
The 49ers will look for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. against West Virginia at The Hayes.