The 49ers (9-7) once again put on an offensive show, outscoring Wake Forest (7-10) 13-1 Tuesday night. The 49ers played one of their best games on both sides of the ball allowing only one run on four hits. The 49er offense also put up yet another double-digit game making their sixth game with ten or more runs this season.
Charlotte started off the game with a bang by both Tommy Bullock and Jackson Mims hitting doubles at their first at bats. Harris Yett brought both runners home off a double of his own to center. Zack Smith hit a single, bringing in Yett. Hunter Jones knocked a sacrifice fly bringing in the final run of the inning, giving the 49ers an early 4-0 at the end of the first. Charlotte tallied two more runs in the second from a groundout from Mims bringing in Bullock. Yett scored by a crucial throwing error by Wake Forest.
Wake Forest scored their only run in the third inning by a double play bringing the runner. The Deacons struggled offensively for the rest of the game.
Charlotte continued their offensive dominance in the fourth with another double from Mims, who was brought in by Yett. Hits by Smith and Dominick Cammarata moved Yett around the bases, making it 8-1 at the end of the frame.
In the fifth, Charlotte again scored off a poor defensive play by Wake. Two costly errors advanced runners and brought in a run for the Niners to create a 9-1 game heading to the next frame.
The sixth inning saw little action from the bats from great pitching and fielding from both sides made it a very quick inning with no runs from either side.
However the next inning, Charlotte exploded once again and tallied their last four runs of the game. Bullock knocked a triple after Tate Pennington drew a walk. Reece Hampton hit his second double and scored Bullock. Cammarata followed up with his own two RBI double putting up the last of the run of the evening.
Bullock, Hampton and Yett ended the night each with three hits, tying for the most on the team. The 49ers collected seven doubles — a feat they have not accomplished since last April when they faced Kennesaw State. Chase Gooding (2-0) allowed one run on three hits and ended up with five strikeouts. Charlotte finished with 13 runs off of 14 hits and no errors while Wake Forest finished with one run off four hits, two errors.
“Tonight was a good night,” 49ers head coach Loren Hibbs said. “We had an extended team meeting on Sunday, talked about some things, got some work in and we were ready to play. Outside of a few games this year, we’ve had a pretty good offensive team and we got on a good roll early in the game. Tonight was a really good night against a quality opponent.”
Charlotte opens up the conference portion of their schedule, hosting a three-game series against FIU that kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. at the Hayes.