Jude McGough making her way home to score a run for the Niners. Photo by I. Chimena.

Charlotte finished off their weekend at Middle Tennessee with a 1-2 record. After losing both games on Saturday, they were able to win their final game at the Blue Raiders Field on Sunday afternoon. Middle Tennessee shutout game one with a final of 2-0.During the second match-up the Niners got a few runs in, but it was not enough, and they fell with a final score of 4-2. Sunday brought the final game of the weekend, and Charlotte’s only win, walking away with 4-1.

Game one: Middle Tennessee 2, Charlotte 0

At the beginning of game one, each team worked strong defensively to keep the other team from scoring a single run for the first five innings. At the top of the sixth, Lizzy Birch advanced all the way to third, but was unable to make it home before teammate Taylar Byrne grounded out near first base.

The bottom of the sixth is when the only run of the game was scored, courtesy of the Blue Raiders. Keely McGee, the first batter up for Middle Tennessee, homered the ball out to right field and paraded her way back home. Haley Wiseman shut down the Blue Raiders for the rest of the inning and did not let anyone else reach base.

Game two: Middle Tennessee: 4, Charlotte 2

Middle Tennessee completely dominated the first inning of game two by scoring three runs after they kept Charlotte from reaching base at the top of the inning. With two bases loaded, Lexi Cushing stepped up to bat and homered the ball out to right field. The Niners reacted quickly at the top of the second.

Meredith Harris stepped up to bat and slammed the ball down the right foul line, when she then advanced all the way to third. Birch singled up the middle, which gave enough time for Harris to make it back home. The game stayed 3-1 until the top of the fourth when the Niners captured another run.

Harris started off the inning by doubling to right center. Birch then stepped up to bat and singled the ball to dead center, while Harris traveled to third. Jude McGough singled out to left field, and Harris found her way back home, making the score a close 3-2.

The score stayed locked until the bottom of the sixth, when the Blue Raiders cemented their victory with another run. Precious Birdsong had worked her way to third base when Cushing reached on a fielding error. That forced Birdsong around the diamond to score the last run of the game. Middle Tennessee swept the day ending game two with a final score of 4-2.

Game three: Charlotte 4, Middle Tennessee 1

Sunday brought a fresh start and redemption for the Niners, but before they headed back to Charlotte, they were able to win their final game of the weekend. Neither team scored in the first inning, but Charlotte quickly took control and got two runs at the top of the second.

McGough was first up to bat for the Blue Raiders, when she doubled out to right field. Spenser Gray then hammered the ball towards third base and stole second while McGough advanced to third.

Kiersten Berrier doubled the ball which forced McGough home, and gave Gray the chance to advance. Bailey Rhoney then singled the ball to shortstop, and Gray scored the second run of the game for the Niners.

The Blue Raiders threw their only point up on the scoreboard at the bottom of the second inning. Cushing doubled to left center and sent teammate Morgan Harris home from second, which brought the score to 2-1.

Wiseman kept Middle Tennessee from scoring another point during the last five innings. Becca Shipper and Rhoney scored two more runs at the top of the fifth, extending the lead to 4-1 for Charlotte, ultimately ending the game.

The Niners return home this Wednesday to the Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium to play UNCG at 5:00pm looking to better their overall record of 10-18.

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.