Baseball gets dismantled by Wake Forest

| March 23, 2017

Jacob Craver delivering a pitch to the plate against UNC Asheville. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers (13-8) had no response for the Wake Forest (16-6) offense, losing 13-4 in a game that took over 24 hours to complete due to rain and lighting Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark, forcing the teams to finish the last 6.2 innings at Charlotte’s Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium.

With runners at first and second and one out in the top of third, Ben Breazeale and Johnny Aiello picked up a RBI off of JD Prochaska to put the Demon Deacons up 2-0 when the game resumed Wednesday night. ACC’s Wake Forest was not done yet, adding on two more runs in the third to jump out to a four-run lead.

Mims helped get the 49ers on the board with a one-out double, as T.J. Nichting followed that with a single through the left side. On the play, Mims held up at third and Nichting got caught in a pickle between first and second, sliding in safely at second with a wild throw that almost went into the outfield. With two runners in scoring position, Logan Sherer walked to bring up freshman Zack smith, who delivered again for the Niners with a single into right-center field, scoring Mims and Nichting.

Wake responded with a three-run fifth inning behind a Keegan Maronpot three-run home run to left center off of Brandon Vogler to give the Demon Deacon’s a 7-2 lead.

After each team took a couple innings off on the offensive end, Wake made up for it in the top of the seventh, scoring six runs on four hits, increasing their lead to 13-2. The inning was highlighted by a grand slam from Logan Harvey and a two-run shot from Bruce Steel.

Charlotte tagged on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning, as Smith scored on a wild pitch and Brett Netzer singled up the middle to score Hunter Jones who reached on a double to left-center.

The 49ers will stay at home as they welcome the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to Hayes Stadium for a three-game Conference USA series starting Friday at 6 p.m.

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Trevor Wilt is the co-sports editor for the Niner Times from Concord, North Carolina. He is a communications major with a journalism minor. Trevor also works with the campus radio station, Radio Free Charlotte, where he host his own sports show and also does play-by-play commentating for the men's and women's basketball teams.

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Trevor Wilt is the co-sports editor for the Niner Times from Concord, North Carolina. He is a communications major with a journalism minor. Trevor also works with the campus radio station, Radio Free Charlotte, where he host his own sports show and also does play-by-play commentating for the men's and women's basketball teams.