In game two of what would end up being a two-game series due to the final match being cancelled due to rain, the Charlotte 49ers (11-24-1, 4-13) pitched their second complete game in three showings with Ryan Butler (3-5) helping lift Charlotte 2-1 over the Tulane Green Wave (15-22, 6-13).
The Green Wave’s Richard Carthon wasted no time showing Charlotte that they meant business when he crushed the opening pitch down the left-field line. A Jake Rogers sac-bunt pushed Carthon over to third base. Tulane’s Garrett Deschamp sent Carthon home on a groundout giving the Green Wave their first and only run of the game.
Butler pitched five perfect frames retiring 10-straight batters, but the 49ers were unable to do much on offense until the bottom of the fourth inning.
Charlotte catcher Brett Lang was able to score from a Tulane fielding error at third when Des Roberts sent one out to the left-center gap. With Roberts on third, T.J. Nichting’s sacrifice fly sent Roberts home giving the 49ers a 2-1 lead over the Green Wave.
The Charlotte offense could not get much going throughout the rest of the game, but a flawless defense in the later innings helped hold Tulane from taking the lead.
“That’s probably the best infield defense we’ve played all year,” said Head Coach Loren Hibbs.
“Overall, when you can win a game you don’t get a lot of hits or really do a whole lot offensively and still win, that’s a good day.”
Butler finished the day throwing nine complete innings allowing just four hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts facing 33 batters and throwing 108 pitches.
The 49ers will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. on Tuesday, April 22 to face Wake Forest in one of their two final non-conference matches of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.