The Charlotte 49ers baseball team is no longer undefeated at home this season after a three-game series sweep from 19-ranked ECU Pirates.
In the lowest scoring game of the series, the Niners seemed to have quite a hard time getting much of an offense going and lost the game 1-3.
Spencer Brickhouse would score in the Pirates’ first run early in the first inning by Turner Brown who had gotten out to first on his own single and around to second on a bunt from Connor Litton. Brickhouse would grab the next run off of a single from Jake Washer.
In the third, the Pirates stretched their lead to three when Washer scored in Brickhouse with a double off of the wall after Brickhouse was walked out to first.
Reece Hampton’s second hit of the afternoon started off the road to Charlotte’s only run of the game in the 6th. Making his way across the bases, he managed to place himself on third with one out by the time Harris Yett would single to the other side to run Hampton in.
Yett and Hampton would both end the game with 2 hits apiece.
Trey Benton who pitched 8.1 innings to come away with one run against him on jut five hits, and fanned six, would come out to start the ninth to close out the ECU win. Alec Burleson snagged the last two outs to help seal the deal.
Both the Niners and the Pirates would remain scoreless until the seventh inning when ECU would begin the scoring with 4 in their half of the frame.
Litton had a leadoff walk to start it off before Washer doubled to left and Jeremy Whithead hit a fly to center, giving Litton the first run of the game. Brad Lloyd’s two-out single gave a second run to the Pirates. Lloyd stole second to get ready for Dusty Baker to bring him home. Brown would then bring in Baker with the third straight RBI single.
Charlotte would answer with two runs to begin cutting down their deficit. Tommy Bullock made it to first on an infield single, stole second, and slid onto third by way of Todd Elwood and his single to center. Tate Pennington hit one out into right to run in both Bullock and Elwood.
Drew Henrickson would score in Whitehead who lead off after getting hit by a pitch in the 9th. Brown laid down a bunt with runners at first and third to score in Henrickson to extend the Pirate lead to 6-2.
The Niners came close, adding three more runs in the bottom of the 9th and nearly another, but would lose their second game to ECU 6-5. Dominick Cammarata and Bullock began with a pair of back-to-back infield singles just before Hunter Jones got to base on an ECU error to run in Bullock for the third Charlotte run. Pennington and Drew Ober would help to push the score to 6-5, but it would not be enough.
Bullock, Cammarata, Elwood and Pennington each tallied two hits for Charlotte.
Washer would lead off the third inning with home run to get the game going for ECU early. Baker and Brown’s back-to-back bunts would bring the lead to 3-0.
In the fourth, Alec Burleson cleared the bases with a double down right field. Spencer Brickhouse then sent a fly ball out for two more Pirate runs.
In the fifth, Burleson and Baker would help to score the ninth and tenth runs of the game. Seth Caddell would then hit a homer in the eighth inning giving ECU two more runs to make the game 12-0. In the bottom half, Charlotte added two runs of their home to just miss a shutout.
Sam Mennitt made it out to the bases with a hit and Eric Lansinger would get out there off of an ECU error. Both runners moved along the bases to get into position to score some Charlotte runs before Drew Ober ran in Mennitt for the first Niner run. Jones later hit Ober in for the Niners’ second and final score of the night.
The Charlotte 49ers will take on Wake Forest this coming Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark.