The Charlotte 49ers fell to the Winthrop Eagles, 3-2 Tuesday night at Mariam-Hayes Stadium. The 49ers held a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the ninth and then surrendered three runs that ultimately led to their defeat.
In the second inning, senior TJ Nichting connected with his first hit of the game and landed on first base with a single to open up the home-half and advanced to second on a throwing error from the Winthrop right fielder. Then, fellow senior Logan Sherer squared up a single to left field to score Nichting and give the Niners an early 1-0 lead. Nichting scored both runs for Charlotte in the game and accounted for half of the team’s hits.
Fast forward to the seventh inning, still a 1-0 game and Nichting gets on base with his third hit of the game, which were all singles. Nichting then advanced to second, but this time on a passed ball and afterwards, stole third. A few batters later, redshirt sophomore Harris Yett chopped a grounder that scored Nichting to put Charlotte up 2-0 heading into the homestretch of the game.
Pitching couldn’t finish the job for the Niners and after three walks and three hits for Winthrop, Charlotte trailed 3-2 and couldn’t muster up a tying run in the ninth.
Charlotte falls to 16-14 on the season and Winthrop improves to 16-14.
NEXT TIME OUT: The Charlotte 49ers now look ahead to a three-game weekend series with the Florida Atlantic Owls. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:00 p.m. with fireworks to follow after the game.