The Charlotte 49ers (13-16, 3-6 C-USA) defeated the Winthrop Eagles (16-13, 4-2 Big South) in Uptown Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark Tuesday night 7-1, behind dominant pitching and long balls from Logan Sherer and Drew Ober.
“When you are seeing the volume of good teams that we are seeing every weekend, you can learn from it and I thought we were able to apply some of those things tonight,” said Head Coach Loren Hibbs.
Reece Hampton reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the first, stealing second and third, but getting stranded on third to end the inning. Although Hampton did not get a hit in Tuesday night’s match-up with the Eagles, he got on base twice and started the scoring for the 49ers.
With Hampton on first base after being plunked in the shoulder to lead off the third inning, Drew Ober smacked a base hit by the first baseman, sending Hampton to third and bringing up Logan Sherer.
Sherer singled in Hampton to put Charlotte on the board in the third, giving Philip Perry cushion in his first career collegiate start.
In the bottom of the third, Perry struck out the side, while not allowing a hit through three innings on the mound.
Derek Gallello reached on a bunt single to the lead off the fourth, as Hunter Jones moved Gallello over to third with a single to right field. Gallello scored on the next pitch as the curve ball got by the catcher, giving the 49ers a two run lead.
Luke Gibbs took advantage of his playing time with Brett Netzer out with a wrist injury, singling to right field in his second at bat, the seventh hit for Charlotte through four innings.
In the fifth, Sherer walked and T.J. Nichting singled to right field, bringing up Zach Jarrett. The left fielder roped a single to his position in left, bringing in Sherer to put the 49ers up 3-0.
Perry exited the ball game with bases loaded in the fifth after giving up one run on only two hits, bringing in the senior Nate Traugh.
In the top of the sixth, Gibbs singled, bringing up the the freshman Drew Ober, coming into the at bat with one home run. That quickly changed as Ober nailed a two-run shot to right center, increasing the lead to six.
The three-whole hitter, Sherer, followed Ober’s home run with one of his own, going back-to-back for the first time since March 30, 2010 against Georgetown.
Traugh left the game in the seventh, as Austin Wynn took the mound for Charlotte. Wynn got himself into a bases load jam but got out of the inning with a timely groundball double play.
Sherer stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth, belting a home run to right field, his second of the day. The junior from Matthews, N.C., is the last Charlotte hitter to have two home runs in a game since Brad Elwood did it against Siena on March 17, 2013.
Wynn finished off the rest of the game for Charlotte on the mound, going three innings while striking out four batters on three hits.
The 49ers piled up 14 hits, their 15th double-digit hit performance this season, with the pitchers only giving up seven hits to Winthrop over the night. Charlotte finished their last game at BB&T Balllpark with a win, meaning that they went 2-1 playing in Uptown Charlotte this season.
Charlotte travels to N.C. State Wednesday night as they attempt to tie up the season series against the Wolfpack with the first pitch schedule for 6:00 p.m.