Charlotte had a tough time against UAB over the weekend. While winning the first game of the series, they struggled to keep pace with their opponent for the rest of the series.
Game 1: Charlotte 7, UAB 1
Game one played out like a typical Charlotte game with explosive offensive performances and stellar defense. Charlotte jumped ahead late in the first inning. Jackson Mims started the sequence after being hit by his first pitch. Harris Yett followed up with a single to right field moving Mims to third. Drew Ober then hit his own single to right-center scoring Mims for the 1-0 lead. Zack Smith kicked off the second with a one-out single followed up by a Reece Hampton walk. Mims then hit his second ball of the day loading the bases for Yett. Yett then singled to left on his first pitch bringing in Hampton and Smith making it 3-0 at the end of second.
The Blazers got on the board in the fifth inning. UAB’s Zack Davis was hit-by-pitch followed up by Antonio Ralat’s groundout advancing Davis to second. Prince Visintainer drove him in on his single making it 3-1. The 49ers responded quickly with Yett hitting a home run in the bottom of the fifth making it 4-1.
Another two-inning drought ended in the bottom of the eighth with another burst of offensive power by Charlotte. The frame started off with a bang with Dominick Cammarata and Todd Elwood hitting singles followed up by Hunter Jones sacrifice bunt. Smith walked which brought up Tommy Bullock with loaded bases. Bullock hit in Cammarata on his single. Hampton followed up with his single to left center scoring Elwood. Mims reached first on a fielders choice scoring Smith ending the scoring for the night.
Harris Yett had a career night going 4-5 with his solo home run and three RBI. Also Senior pitcher Josh Maciejewski pitched all the way into the ninth inning with his impressive pitching performance holding UAB to only one run on five hits.
Game 2: UAB 18, Charlotte 10
UAB dominated Charlotte right out of the gate going up 5-0 at the top of the first due to costly errors and poor defensive play. Charlotte responded with Jackson Mims hitting a two-run homer making it 5-2.
In the second the Blazers poured it on with Thomas Johns and Carter Pharis hitting back-to-back RBI doubles. Pharis caught the 49ers off guard when he stole home. Stephen Bobbs hit a grand slam in the third making it 15-2 after just three innings.
Charlotte would not go away quietly, responding quickly with a six-run frame in the fourth. Cammarata started of the frame with his first solo homer of the game shortly followed up with Jake Whitcomb hitting a RBI double and Tommy Bullock hitting a two RBI triple. Mims brought in another run and Harris Yett knocked out his own homer cutting the deficit to 15-8.
UAB scored another run due to a wild pitch in the sixth. Cammarata tried to keep Charlotte alive with his second home run, also bringing in Drew Ober. UAB scored a run in each of the remaining innings making the final 18-10.
Charlotte got dominated and 49ers head coach Loren Hibbs had some words to say afterwards.
“Tonight was not enough of a good performance,” 49ers Head Coach Loren Hibbs said. “We have more issues that we need to address with our players and we need to make more adjustments to be more consistent. That’s hard to do against the competition we’re playing, but were continuing to take two steps forward and one step back. We need some guys to play a little bit better and be more consistent. We have to learn from this, we need to make it better.”
The two teams combined for 28 runs out of 33 hits.
Game 3: Charlotte 3, UAB 4
The final game was the polar opposite of the previous two with both teams having silent bats all the way until the fifth inning with Charlotte going up 3-0. Zack Smith, Whitcomb and Hunter Jones led the inning off with singles. Reece Hampton hit a single to right field bringing in the first run. A Jackson Mims fielders choice and a throwing error helped make it a 3-0 lead. Charlotte would not score for the rest of the contest.
UAB responded in the seventh with a RBI single by Carter Pharis. In the eight inning there was a controversial hit-by-pitch granted to UAB which helped them score a go ahead three run home run making it 4-3 to end the game. Charlotte finished (3-5-0) while UAB finished (4-7-1).
“Not the weekend we wanted,” Hibbs said.”I thought Joey Cooner gave us what he had on short rest, we just need to be more efficient at the plate and in the bullpen. We were lethargic on offense today. We’re just not consistent enough up and down the lineup. The difference between finishing second and tenth in this league can be two or three games. It just gets down to execution.”
Charlotte travels to UNCG for their next game on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.