Niners fall one short of four-win weekend; reach season highs against UNCW

DeVos gets 600th win and Niners reach new season highs in final game of First Pitch Classic

| February 19, 2018

Carson Pace winds up for a pitch. Photo by Katelynn Pennington.

The Charlotte 49ers held their First Pitch Classic this past weekend sliding through with three impressive wins, but couldn’t seem to get an offense going against Radford in their second game on Friday afternoon. The Niners also reached some new season highs in the final game of the weekend and Coach Aimee DeVos tallied her 600th win.

Game One – Charlotte 6, Dayton 5

In the first game of the Classic, Charlotte rallied for a comeback walk-off in extra innings to give Coach DeVos her 600th win.

Haley Wiseman and Flyer, Manda Cash both pitched scoreless innings until the Niners kicked off the runs with two in the bottom of the fourth. Wiseman struck out seven batters, including five of the first six that came to the plate.

Dayton would then grab their 4-2 lead adding three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Now Charlotte was behind with two outs and two girls on base.

Grace Beatty helped to tie it up scoring in Kiersten Berrier from second and Haley Pace from first. The Flyers would answer with one more run in the top of the eighth leaving the Niners in place to have to score again.

With Meredith Harris on second, Spenser Gray would bunt to push her to third with a single out left. With an error from Dayton’s third baseman, Bethany Doty sent Harris in to home and Erin Powers would pinch run for Doty still with only one out left. The Niners were now tied yet again.

Becca Shipper stepped up to the plate to hit a walk-off single to right center field to end the game with the first Charlotte win of the weekend.

Game 2 – Radford 8, Charlotte 0

In the second game of Friday afternoon, Charlotte couldn’t seem to give quite the same offense against the Highlanders.

Radford tallied two runs to start of the match in the first inning and added five more in the second. Charlotte left the bases loaded in both the third and fourth innings, but were unable to capitalize. Radford went on to score an eighth run in the fifth for the final run of the day.

Berrier and Pace would each add two hits for the Niners. Junior Lauren Riley stepped on the mound to see her first action of the season, pitching 3.2 innings to relieve Alison Green, and allowed only one run and struck out two batters.

Game 3 – Charlotte 4, Dayton 0

Charlotte came back the next day ready to grab another solid win, clinching their first shutout of the season over Dayton.

Four Niners reached base in the first inning, allowing for Wiseman to keep a 2-0 lead.

Shipper walked to get it going and moved to second when Berrier sent a bunt to just the right spot. Pace sent a hit to left field to put the Niners at a 1-0 lead and Grace Beatty added another, sending one shooting past the third baseman to score Shipper in.

Charlotte then added another run in the fourth inning and in the fifth to get their fourth run. Emma Ocker singled to left field and got pushed to second by Jude McGough’s bunt with an out left.

Shipper hit off the fifth by a double and then moved on to third courtesy of a bunt from Berrier. Pace added her second RBI of the game with a fly way out to right.

Dayton only came close with the bases loaded in the sixth inning with two outs when Wiseman tallied her final strikeout of the evening. Rhoney had the final out with runners on first and third to finalize the Niners’ shutout.

Game 4 – Charlotte 7, UNCW 3

Reaching new season highs, Charlotte crushed a 7-3 win over UNCW in their final match of the weekend.

Carson Pace relieved Wiseman with two outs in the fourth and Domique Travers sent Kali Jones home and came home herself off of a homer down left field from Meghan Whitecavage.

Pace would allow only only hit and strike out two batters in 2.1 innings. Rhoney then pitched a perfect seventh inning to finish out the final Charlotte win of the weekend.

Haley Pace sent an RBI down left field to score Becca Shipper who led off the inning with a walk and moved further through the bases thanks to a bunt from Berrier. Charlotte put up four more runs off of only four hits in the fourth inning. Lizzy Birch and Meredith Harris sent back-to-back doubles just after Ocker hit an infield single. Harris would bring both Ocker and Birch in.

Shipper sent a single right inside first base to score Harris and put Spenser Gray who walked, on to third. Doty led off with a walk in the fifth and McGough would pinch run to score off of a triple from Ocker.

The Niners tallied 11 hits matching their season high and reached new season highs in doubles and in runs scored.

Next up, Charlotte will face USC Upstate next at 2 and 4 p.m. at Sue M. Daughtrige Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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