The 49ers came into day two of the Citrus Classic seeking redemption from their disappointing 0-2 Friday performance. Backed by stellar pitching from Haley Wiseman and great days at the plate for Kiersten Berrier and Haley Pace, the Niners (14-6) defeated Purdue, 2-1 (3-15).
Wiseman started once again in the circle for the Charlotte team. The pitcher was on top of her game, striking out 12 batters, walking two while only allowing two hits during her seven-inning campaign.
Purdue got on the board early, scoring in the first inning after a 49er fielding error. The game remained 1-0 in favor of Purdue until the fourth inning. Pace reached base after an error from the center fielder, and then moved around the bases with help from a Grace Beatty single down the right field line.
Beatty was advanced to second after an error on a fielder’s choice put in play by Meredith Harris. Both Beatty and Harris were advanced 90 feet after Taylar Bryne drew a walk off of a 3-2 count. Another fielder’s choice, this time from Erin Powers, pushed Beatty across the plate.
Pace tried to get things started again in the fifth inning, following a Berrier bunt for hit with a double, however it was to no avail and the game concluded with a final score of 2-1.