Charlotte came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second inning with a stretch of six unanswered runs to beat forth-ranked Arkansas 6-3. The win becomes the highest-ranked home win in program history.
Arkansas (16-5) got the scoring started in the second on a Dominic Fletcher one-out single to right followed by a home run by Heston Kjerstad.
Charlotte (12-8) got on the score board in the fourth as three-straight two-out singles from Harris Yett, Drew Ober and Dominick Cammarata got Charlotte to score one run in the fourth. In the sixth, Jackson Mims hit a leadoff double down the left field line. Ober lined a single into center to tie the game at 2.
In the seventh, Zach Smith singled to right, then moved to second on a Hunter Jones bunt and Smith was sent home and scored on Tommy Bullock’s two-out hit to right. The 49ers took the lead 3-2.
The eighth inning was a very productive inning for the 49ers. Charlotte scored three runs on one hit and three errors by the Razorbacks. Reece Hampton started the inning with a single to right before Mims reached on an error. Hampton stole second and moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on the misplayed grounder to make the score 4-2.
After Ober was hit by a pitch and Cammarata walked, Mims scored on a bases loaded walk making it a three-run lead. Todd Elwood finished off the inning by reaching on the third error of the inning to push the lead to 6-2.
Kjerstad’s solo home run in the top of the ninth was the final Arkansas run. Arkansas had multiple scoring opportunities, but couldn’t get anything in off of the 49ers bullpen. Jonah Patten came in the game in the ninth and struck out two to finish the game and get the win for Charlotte. It was Patten’s second save of the season.
Ober and Bullock led Charlotte with two hits each. Charlotte had no answer for Razorbacks starter Barrett Loseke who struck out eight, but was pulled after three innings. Charlotte got all their hits and runs off eight Arkansas relievers.
“We didn’t play well early in the game, but we just keep playing,” 49ers head coach Loren Hibbs said. “Proud of our guys, our bullpen was really good and we played pretty solid defense after the first couple of innings. We see this level of competition, maybe not quite as talented as these guys are because very few teams are, but we see this on a regular basis. That’s why we play the schedule that we do. We beat a great team tonight.”
Charlotte gets back into Conference USA play this weekend when they travel to Middle Tennessee for a three-game series. Game time in Friday’s opener is set for 7 p.m.