Charlotte huddles up before going out on the field. Photo by Austin Chaney

Charlotte softball played two solid games on February 25  at the D.L Phillips Softball Complex against Fairfield and Robert Morris.

The 49ers were able to hold off the Stags to get their first victory of the day, ending the game with the final score of 8-5. Charlotte crushed Robert Morris for the second time this weekend with a 14-point lead at the top of the fifth, and a final score of 18-3.

Game 1:

The 49ers didn’t let their disappointing loss against La Salle on Friday hinder their confidence when they hit the field for their third game at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon. They started off the first inning strong when Emma Ocker scored the first run on a wild pitch from Fairfield.

The Stags tied it up at the top of the third, but the Niners were sure to make up for that in the bottom of the fourth. Grace Beatty made it back to home plate for her first run of the day after an RBI from teammate Becca Shipper. Erin Powers was able to do the same after another wild pitch from the Stags’ pitcher.

When Fairfield gained another run at the top of the fifth, Charlotte came back by scoring 3 more. Meredith Harris doubled, teammates Beatty and Pace each scored a run followed by one from Harris herself with an RBI from Shipper.

The 49ers had a comfortable lead of 8-2 when they entered the top of the seventh. Fairfield came back to score 3 runs, but they were not enough, and Charlotte walked away with the win.

Freshman pitcher, Alison Green, pitched the first full game of her career here at Charlotte, and struck out six batters throughout the course of the day.

Game 2: 

Charlotte was able to beat Robert Morris in their first game of the tournament with a strapping win of 11-0, and they looked to do the same on Saturday afternoon when they took on the Colonials for a second time.

Just like their game on Friday, Charlotte put the Colonials in their place early and kept them from scoring in the first three innings. At the bottom of the first, Haley Pace tripled out into right field and Becca Shipper scored her first run of the day. Pace then made her way back to home after a wild pitch from the Colonials.

Charlotte had spectacular second and third innings, where they scored a total of 13 runs, which brought the lead up to 15-0. Harris, Paulson, Gray, Shipper, Pace, Ocker, and Beatty worked together and made up the seven runs at the bottom of the second.

Pace and Birch scored the first two runs of the third inning with two RBI from Beatty when she doubled it down right field. Beatty, Powers, Berrier, and Harris scored the final four runs of the inning.

The Colonials got their only three runs of the game at the top of the fourth and fifth, but they did not come close to touching the Niners. The game ended at the top of the fifth due to a mercy rule. Pitcher Haley Wiseman had another successful day against Robert Morris.

Charlotte looks for satisfaction as they take on the Explorers for their final game of the tournament on Sunday, February 26, at 12:15 p.m.

Veronica Shoemaker is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte from Livonia Michigan. She packed up her life and moved down to North Carolina to chase a career in NASCAR. She is working towards a Communications and Spanish double-major with a minor in Journalism. She is also a huge sports fan, a part-time artist, and a writer for the Niner Times sport section.