In the last game of the Green & White Invitational, Charlotte and La Salle took the field at around 12:40 on Sunday, February 26 for the final game of the tournament. The 49ers entered the game looking for redemption after the loss they had taken from the Explorers on Friday afternoon.
There was not much action from either team at the beginning, with sophomore Kiersten Berrier being the only 49er to even make it on base in the first three innings.
Things didn’t start to pick up until the top of the fourth, when junior Haley Pace homered the ball to left center and scored the first run of the game. The Niners kept the lead until the bottom of the sixth, when one of the Explorers tripled a ball out to right field, which gave her teammate a chance to score for La Salle.
With a tied game entering the top of the seventh, Charlotte brought everything they had up to bat. Lizzy Birch doubled down the left foul line, and opened up the opportunity for Meredith Harris to score another run for the 49ers. Spencer Gray worked her way back to home after a sacrifice by teammate Alex Paulson, and the momentum continued as Shipper and Berrier were walked to first.
The bases were loaded when Pace made her way up to bat. She made no mistakes and doubled the ball to right center, which allowed Shipper, Berrier, and Birch to make their way around the diamond.
The Explorers were held off in the bottom of the seventh by pitcher Haley Wiseman. When she struck out La Salle’s final batter, and the Niners celebrated their second tournament title in a row. The final score of the game was 6-1, and their overall record is now 12-4 after another impressive weekend.
Charlotte faces rival N.C. State at the D.L. Phillips Softball Complex Wednesday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m.