After winning the championship in last weekend’s First Pitch Classic, Charlotte hit the field at the D. L. Phillips Softball Complex on February 24 at 2:30 for their first game of the 2017 Green & White Tournament. The 49ers beat the Robert Morris Colonials 11-0 in their first game, but they had a devastating defeat 4-1 in their second against the LaSalle Explorers.
Game 1: A Perfect Game
The 49ers started their first inning off strong by striking out the Colonials and grabbing three runs. With Spencer Gray on second, sophomore Emma Ocker hit a single, which gave Gray enough time to bring it home and score Charlotte’s first run of the game.
Ocker then scored a run of her own when teammate Grace Beatty grounded a ball to second. Pace was then able to bring the 49ers up to a strong 3-0 lead by the end of the first inning.
In the bottom of the second, Charlotte extend their lead to 7-0 with runs scored by Becca Shipper and Lizzy Birch after teammate Ocker hit a doubled down the right foul line. Pace then stepped up to bat again, and homered the ball out to left center.
The 49ers kept the Colonials from advancing yet again, as they gained three more runs in the third inning. Beatty brought Charlotte their final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, ending the game with a score of 11-0.
The team worked hard all game long, but pitcher Haley Wiseman brought home the gold. The junior pitched her first perfect game and was able to end it at the top of the fifth. She kept the Colonials from reaching a base or scoring a single hit or run all game long. This was Charlotte’s first perfect game since 2015, and only their fourth ever.
Game 2: The End of The Winning Streak
Having just won against Robert Morris, the 49ers went into their second game of the tournament with an eight-game win streak. However, the energy from the perfect game would not be enough to give the women a sweep of the day.
Charlotte had a frustrating second game as they fell to the Explorers with a final score of 4-1. At the top of the first, Spencer Gray scored Charlotte’s first and only run of the game.
Pitcher Alison Green made her third start as a 49er, but after giving up 2 runs, was relived by sophomore Lauren Riley. In the bottom of the fifth, LaSalle scored 2 more runs, giving the Explorers a 3-point lead. The game ended at the top of the seventh, when Charlotte was unable to score another run
The 49ers take on the Fairfield Stags for their third game of the Green & White Tournament Saturday, February 25 at 12:15.