The 49ers swept by the Thundering Herd at home, fall to 1-5 in conference play
The Charlotte 49ers softball team had a disappointing weekend, being swept by conference foe Marshall in three games. The first game on Saturday started out promising, but ended with the Herd (20-4, 6-0 C-USA) taking home the close victory of 2-3 in the last inning. The 49ers (16-13, 1-5 C-USA) fell yet again to their opponents with the final score of 8-4 in their second game on Saturday evening. Marshall concluded the weekend and secured the sweep after a 8-0 victory Sunday afternoon.
The first few innings started off slow when neither team managed to score a run until the bottom of the third. Erin Powers and Lizzy Birch made it on base, but Powers was taken out as she attempted to advance to third. Kiersten Berrier stepped up to bat and singled to the short stop which gave Birch enough time to bring it home and score the first run for the 49ers.
Charlotte kept the lead through the fourth inning, and doubled it in the bottom of the fifth. Emma Ocker reached on a fielder’s choice, and teammate Haley Pace made her way up to the plate. She doubled the ball out to the center and Ocker took it home for the Niners. The Herd came back with an impressive sixth inning, and tied up the game at 2 all as they headed into the top of the seventh.
At the top of the final inning, a throwing error allowed Marshall to get the final run of the game, which ended it at 3-2.
In game number two of Saturday, Charlotte took the lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore Meredith Harris homered the ball to center field.
Marshall came back in the top of the fourth to score their first run of the game, but Charlotte quickly regained the lead when they reached the bottom of the inning. Powers singled the ball out to right field, which allowed Becca Shipper to advance from third back to home plate.
The top of the fifth is where The Herd scored four more runs and took control for the rest of the game, making the score 5-2. Harris stepped up to bat for Charlotte in the bottom of the inning after Marshall expanded their lead to 6-2. She attempted to keep the Niners in the game, homering to left field.
Marshall scored two more impressive runs in the last inning when one of their players homed the ball with a teammate on base. Pace stepped up to bat and homered the ball out to left field, but it was not enough and the gamed ended in another disappointing loss for the 49ers at 8-4.
Charlotte started their third and final game against Marshall on Sunday afternoon, but it was not the redemption that they were hoping for. The Herd started and finished the game off strong, leaving the 49ers with no runs when it was called in the bottom of the sixth.
The only Niner to register a hit this game was junior Haley Pace in the bottom of the fourth. Pace doubled the ball out to left center, but was unable to complete the run when Charlotte reached their third out.
Marshall was already up 4-0 in the top of the sixth when their very own Abigail Estrada stepped up to bat. With the bases loaded, Estrada hit a grand slam which ultimately ended the game, leaving the score at 8-0, favoring the Herd.
Charlotte looks to take on the Furman Paladins at the D.L. Phillips Softball Complex on Wednesday, March 22 for another day of back-to-back games.