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Charlotte cruises past UMass 52-17

The Charlotte 49ers bounced back from their tough loss last weekend and got their second win of the season against the Massachusetts Minutemen with a score of 52-17 to improve to 2-1.

“I thought the key to the game was getting started early,” said 49ers Head Coach Will Healy. “We were able to offensively help our defense by keeping their offense off the field and then we were able to get some three-and-outs on defense. It spiraled for them early. As we continue to improve this program, we should be the favorite in some games.”

In the first quarter, Charlotte got off to a hot start. Redshirt sophomore Cameron Dollar scored the first touchdown of the night, catching a 46-yard pass from another redshirt sophomore Chris Reynolds in the first two minutes of the first quarter. The Niners would continue the scoring run by scoring two touchdowns in a span of 14 seconds. Ishod Finger scored the first touchdown with a one-yard rush. On the first play of the Minuteman’s drive, redshirt sophomore Henry Segura picked off quarterback Andrew Brito and returned it for a pick-six to put the Niners up 21-0.

The second quarter started off with another 49er touchdown with redshirt junior Tyler Ringwood catching a five-yard pass by Reynolds to put the Niners up 28-0. UMass would finally get on the board with a field goal and touchdown by Minuteman Jermaine Johnson. A field goal by kicker Jonathan Cruz would end the half with Charlotte up 31-10.

Charlotte would keep the scoring run going in the third quarter with another touchdown with Finger scoring his second of the night. Ringwood would also get his second touchdown of the night, catching a pass from quarterback Brett Kean, putting Charlotte up 45-10 at the end of the third quarter. Although UMass tacked on seven points with a punt return to start the fourth quarter, Charlotte immediately came back with one of their own with a 69-yard run by running back Aaron Mcallister to seal the victory for the Niners.

This is the first time Charlotte has scored 40 or more points in three consecutive games. The 52 points scored tonight are the most against an FBS opponent.

Reynolds completed 10-of-12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns for the night. Running back Benny LeMay did not score a touchdown but still ran for 100 yards in his third straight game. The defense matched their school record for total sacks in a game with five tonight.

The 49ers travel next Saturday to take on the defending national champions and No. 1 Clemson Tigers. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. and the game will also air on the ACC Network.

Charlotte draws against West Virginia in ranked battle

The 12th-ranked Charlotte 49ers were unable to keep their winning ways going but remain undefeated as they drew against the 25th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers 0-0 despite two Niners receiving red cards in the second half.

In the opening 22 minutes, Charlotte recorded three shots, but not one could find the back of the net. West Virginia came back at them with two shots of their own but could not find the back of the net either.

The game became physical in the second half as each team exchanged 12 fouls with nine of them on Charlotte. The 13th foul in the 77th minute would be the last straw for the referee as 49er Noah Seach received a second yellow and was sent off. Though down one man, Charlotte kept the Mountaineers to registering only two shots in the next 10 minutes until 49er Patrick Hogan received his second yellow and was sent off. The Mountaineers recorded three more shots in regulation and overtime but not one could find the back of the net.  

West Virginia dominated the game with 16 shots compared to Charlotte’s nine. Teddy Chaouche and Kameron Lacey led the Niners with two shots of their own. However, the Niners were called on 22 fouls compared to the Mountaineers’ 11.

With tonight’s shutout, redshirt senior Elliot Panicco has passed Kay Davis for most career clean sheets by a goalkeeper in Charlotte history with 30.

Charlotte will begin conference play at home this Sunday and take on another ranked opponent, No. 17 Kentucky. This is a rematch of last years conference championship and will kickoff at 3 p.m.

Charlotte falls 9-2 to No. 10 Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks used a five-run sixth inning to capitalize on their 9-2 win over the Charlotte 49ers. The game was originally a two-game series, but the weather led to the series being reduced to just one game.

Arkansas took the early lead in the second. Razorbacks Dominic Fletcher and Casey Opitz would start the inning with walks, with Fletcher eventually scoring on a Jack Kenley sacrifice fly out to right field. The Razorbacks scored again in the fifth with an infield single which would lead to a second run after an RBI double by Christian Franklin.

Arkansas increased their run total to seven in the sixth inning. Trevor Ezell would lead off the inning with a solo home run. With two outs remaining, Jacob Nesbit singled to right center field, which would bring Opitz to home plate. Christian Franklin followed this with a triple down right center field to bring two more runners down home plate with Franklin scoring on the balk. Another two-run home run by Fletcher in the seventh increased Arkansas’s lead by nine.

Charlotte finally ended the shutout in the ninth inning. With one-out remaining, Tate Pennington, Jesse Gonzales and Dominick Cammarata loaded the bases with back-to-back walks and an error. Josh Haney would take advantage of this with an RBI single to right. Carter Foster followed this with a ground-out to short which allowed Gonzales to score.

The 49ers will face Coppin State for a three-game series starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 9 at 12 p.m. in their final non-conference weekend series of the year.

Charlotte shutout by North Carolina 9-0

The Charlotte 49ers fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels 9-0 in five innings on Tuesday, March 5.

North Carolina took an early lead in the first inning on a grand slam from Tar Heel Hannah George. Carolina led off the second with a trio of hits by Campbell Hutcherson, Lead Murray and Kiani Ramsey. With the bases loaded for a second time of the day, George hit an RBI single to center to bring in two more runs.

The Tar Heels added two more runs in the third with a Hutcherson double to left and a two-run single by Ramsey down left field, increasing Carolina’s lead to eight. George hit her second home run of the day down left field in the fourth to finalize the score at 9-0.

Charlotte collected four hits on the day, with hits coming from Meredith Harris, Imani Rochelle, Lizzy Birch and Kiersten Berrier.

Charlotte will head down to El Paso this weekend for their first conference series of the season to take on the UTEP Miners, with Saturday being a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

Charlotte earns comeback victory over UTEP

The Charlotte 49ers came out victorious over the UTEP Miners in a double-digit victory, winning 68-58.

Though the UTEP Miners got on the board, the Niners would storm back, scoring four points courtesy of Niners Jon Davis and Jaylan McGill. The Miners would once again take the lead and it would go back and forth for the next couple of minutes. With the 49ers trailing 15-14 with 12:21 left in the half, UTEP scored eight straight points to take a 23-14 lead. Meanwhile the crowd felt that not a lot of calls were going the Niners’ way. Charlotte kept the lead below double digits with UTEP leading 33-25 at halftime.

The Niners would start the second half strong with a three-point basketball by Copper Robb and two free throws by Davis that would bring the Niners within two with 16 minutes left to play. The 49ers would bring the Miner lead down to one with 11:47, thanks to a pair of free throws by McGill. Then, Charlotte went on a 7-0 run to take a 44-43 lead when freshman Dravon Mangum scored a go-ahead layup with 10:56 on the clock. Davis would pump the crowd with a nice jam over miner Gillis Dekoninick. With the score tied 48-48 with 8:42 left on the clock, the 49ers went on a 16-0 run to take a 64-48 lead with 4:38 left in the game.

“Senior Day is a special day,” Head Coach Ron Sanchez said. “I have been encouraging the guys all week as well to think about today to reflect and enjoy it. We enjoy it more with a W. Jon and Jailan deserve to enjoy today this way. I am happy to be a part of their journey and to share their Senior Day with a victory.”

Three 49ers scored in double-figures with Davis netting 21 points and with Robb and McGill scoring 16 and 10 points respectively. UTEP Miner freshman Jordan Lathon led the game in scoring with 25 points.

Charlotte will return home Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. to take on the Rice Owls in their final home game of the season.

49ers suffer tough loss against UTSA

The Niners lost their second straight game Thursday night as they were dismantled by Conference USA opponent UTSA 88-43.

The 49ers would start the game on the leading end with a layup by Freshman Cooper Robb. The lead went back-and-forth for the next five minutes. With the score tied 8-8 with 14 minutes left in the half, a three-pointer by Roadrunner Nick Allen would break the deadlock. After the three, UTSA went on a 14-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 22-8 lead with 11 minutes left on the clock. UTSA would enter halftime leading by 25.

The second half did not go the Niners way either. The Roadrunners would keep their double-digit lead throughout the rest of the game finishing with a 45 point lead.

Niners point guard Jon Davis scored in double-figures once again, scoring 12 points while Jailan Haslem had eight rebounds.

UTSA scored 44 points in each half. Two roadrunners were in double-figures with Jhivvan Jackson dropping 28 points and Keaton Wallace scoring 15 points.

Charlotte will continue the road slate Saturday, Jan. 26 as they take on the UTEP Miners in a Conference USA matchup that’s scheduled to tip at 9 p.m.

Charlotte taken down by WKU

The Charlotte 49ers fall to the WKU Lady Toppers 76-58 in both teams’ first conference game of the season.

The game would begin with WKU’s Raneem Elgedawy putting the Lady Toppers on the board first with a layup. After that, 49er Jade Phillips would give the Niners there first lead of the day with a three-pointer with 8:59 left in the first quarter. WKU would get the lead back with a triple by Dee Givens. Elgedawy would continue to score to put the Lady Toppers up 20-14 with 1:15 left in the first quarter. The quarter would end with a three-pointer by Octavia Jett-Wilson.

WKU began the second quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 30-17 with 6:14 left. Charlotte would come within six with points thanks to Laia Raventós and Mariah Linney to keep it close at 38-32 with just under a minute left. Charlotte would get no closer as WKU would score two more times to lead by 10 at the end of the half.

WKU started to third with a 9-2 run over the first two and a half minutes to make it 51-34. After Ka’Neeshia Brown scored with six minutes left and put the score at 53-38, WKU would go on a 12-3 run to expand there lead 65-41. Both teams began to put in their bench for the final 10 minutes of the game. Christian Hithe helped close the gap to 20 with five and a half left to play in the game. Freshman Rinnah Green would score her first three-pointer of her collegiate career in the quarter. Hithe would score eight points in the quarter and sophomore Lyrissa Deans would score her first points of the season to end the score at 76-58.

Jett-Wilson was the only Niner to reach double-figures with 10 points. Four other players would have eight points. WKU’s Dee Givens would lead in scoring with 26 points with her teammate Elgedawy having 23 points of her own.

The Niners will try to rebound this Saturday, Jan. 5 in conference play as they head down to Huntington, West Virginia to play Marshall. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Charlotte falls to Virginia in a close one

The Charlotte 49ers three game winning streak came to a close as they were taken down by the Virginia Cavaliers 65-61. This was their final non-conference opponent as they enter the conference season.

Charlotte got out to an early lead with a layup from redshirt junior Jade Phillips followed by a three-point play from sophomore Mariah Linney that gave the Niners a 5-0 lead. After a couple of Cavalier field goals, the hosts would lead 7-6 with 6:56 left to play in the first quarter. After each team exchanged a couple of field goals, the quarter would end in a 16-16 tie. Into the second quarter, with the score tied 20-20 with 6:31 left, it was Linney who would break the deadlock with a three-pointer to give the Niners a three-point lead. Each team would again exchange a pair of field goals that ended the quarter in another tie, 25-25.

Virginia junior Jocelyn Willoghby would open the third quarter with a three-pointer to reclaim the lead for the Cavaliers. Linney would convert a jumper 30 seconds later, but after that, the Cavaliers would go on the 13-point run to have a 41–27 lead with 5:29 left in the third. Laia Raventós and the Niners would try to bounce back in the quarter and entering the fourth while Virginia would still have a 51-40 lead. Two straight jumpers by freshman Jazmin Harris would trim the Cavaliers’ lead by seven. After a layup from Phillips, Charlotte cut Virginia’s lead to just 59-54 with 3:57 left in the game. However, the Cavaliers then scored four straight points. As the teams battled it out, the lead was soon cut down by three after three-point plays from Raventós and Ka’neeshia Brown with three seconds left. Unfortunately, Charlotte would get no closer than that.

Linney would lead the Niners in scoring with 20 points while Phillips would record a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cavalier Lisa Jablonowski would lead Virginia in scoring with 17 points with Brianna Tinsley would add on to the Virginia score with 12 points of her own.

The Charlotte 49ers will now begin conference play with a road game against defending league tournament champs WKU on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

No. 14 Niners taken down by No. 3 Kentucky in C-USA Championship game

The number three seeded Charlotte 49ers suffered their first home loss of the season, falling to the number one seeded Kentucky Wildcats 1-0 in the Conference USA Championship game at Transamerica Field. This is the second straight season Charlotte has fallen in the conference final.

“I thought we played really well and energized from the beginning of the game,” said Charlotte 49ers head coach Kevin Langan. “We forced the goalkeeper to make some incredible saves, we hit the woodwork and we really put them under a lot of pressure. It was just one of those days where all you can do is deserve to win.”

What may have been Charlotte’s closest chance came in the opening five minutes of the match. Charlotte had a breakaway chance to score, but both John Ranshaw and Maclean Holbrook shots would be denied by the post. Heading into halftime, Charlotte had 12 shots and seven corners compared to Kentucky’s three shots and one corner.

Two minutes into the second half, Kentucky got on the scoreboard. C-USA leading scorer J.J. Williams got through the defense and shot the ball past Charlotte goalkeeper Elliot Panicco. The Niners continued to try to find the back of the net in second half, but in the end, Charlotte could not find it.

The Niners ended the game with nineteen shots and ten corners compared to the Wildcats’ eight shots and four corners. Both Tommy Madden and Patrick Hogan led the 49ers with four shots apiece. However, out of 19 shots, only three of Charlotte’s shots were on target compared to Kentucky’s four shots on target.

Three 49ers made the all-tournament team: freshman striker Preston Popp, senior defender Callum Montgomery and junior midfielder Teddy Chaouche.

The 49ers will now wait to find out if they will play in the NCAA Tournament tomorrow, Monday, November 12 at 1 p.m.

“Like I said last year, I’ll be astonished if we are not in it. I’ll be astonished if we are not in it again,” Langan said. “We have had a great season, a great record. Some unbelievable records have been broken. Last year we were shocked. I could be shocked again tomorrow.”

Bruce scores game-winner; Niners win

The Charlotte 49ers would get the win in double overtime against the South Carolina Gamecocks thanks to forward Daniel Bruce, who scored in the 108th minute to lift his side past the Conference USA opponent.

Charlotte started the match with four corners in the first 15 minutes but could not find the back of the net. South Carolina’s Bjorn Gudjonsson had a chance to score in the 33rd minute but his shot was redirected by Charlotte goalkeeper Elliot Panicco. The Gamecocks had most of the opportunities in the first half, having five shots to Charlotte’s two.

Both teams still couldn’t manage to find the back of the net in the second half. Charlotte forward Maclean Holbrook had a close header in the 54th minute, but his effort was kept out of the goal.

In the 108th minute, the Niners would finally make their statement. Defender Delasi Batse would send a cross right to Daniel Bruce, who then took the opportunity and fired a shot past South Carolina goalkeeper Justin Bauer. With the goal, Bruce now has a total of six career game-winning goals.

With the shutout, the 49er defense recorded their third straight shutout as well as their sixth shutout of the season. The Niners had a 10-5 shot advantage against the Gamecocks. Charlotte had six corners in the night while South Carolina did not have any.

Charlotte will take their winning streak on the road Wednesday, Oct. 10 when they take on the Radford Highlanders at 7 p.m.

Charlotte continues to surge, takes series against Middle Tennessee

Charlotte player anticipates the pitch. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers kept their winning ways going as they collected their fourth series of the season, winning two out of the three games against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Game 1: Charlotte 4, Middle Tennessee 0

Charlotte first got on the board in the 4th inning when sophomore Drew Ober hit a double down left field. Later in the inning, with two outs, Hunter Jones hit a ground ball down third base which resulted in a Middle Tennessee error and a 1-0 lead for the 49ers.

In the sixth inning, Jake Whitcomb delivered a double down center field and moved to third base after a wild pitch by the Blue Raiders. Jones would set Whitcomb up for the run after hitting a line drive to center.

The Niners kept the momentum into the ninth inning as Jackson Mims lead off the inning with a triple down center before junior Harris Yett smashed a two run down left field to give the 49ers a 4 – 0 win. With the hits, both Mims and Yett extended their hit streaks to six.

Pitching was key for the Niners as senior Josh Maciejewski had a strong start on Friday, throwing seven innings with seven strikeouts to get his third win of the season. This was the first road shut out for Charlotte since April of 2017.

Game 2: Middle Tennessee 12, Charlotte 2

The Niners got off to a hot start as Tommy Bullock, Reece Hampton,  Mims, and Yett delivered four straight singles with Yett getting the RBI and Drew Ober hitting a sacrifice fly to get an early 2-0 lead.

Blue Raider Aaron Antonini began the rally for Middle Tennessee in the third inning, starting off with a lead-off single, and two batters later, junior LA Woodard hit a double down left field to tie the game.

In the fourth inning, Middle Tennessee’s Blake Benefield smashed a two-run homer to give the Blue Raiders the lead. Another two-run home run would come in the fourth, this time by the bat of Kevin Sullivan.

Middle Tennessee kept the momentum rolling in the fifth inning with LA Woodard, Blake Benefield, and Austin Dennis each collecting RBI’s. Three more runs came in the seventh inning led by a two-out, three-run double by Aaron Aucker to cap off the day.

“We were ready to go and had a really good start,” said Charlotte coach Loren Hibbs. “But we played very poorly in the middle innings, Middle Tennessee got on a roll and we couldn’t get the momentum stopped.”

Game 3: Charlotte 7, Middle Tennessee 5

Scoring began in the third inning with an infield single by Jake Whitcomb, a sacrifice bunt by Bullock, and Mims having a two-run double hit into left field.

The Niners extended their lead to five in the fourth, all with two outs on the board. It all started with a Jones single and a walk to Whitcomb. Bullock then hit one down left field to score Jones. A wild pitch then followed that allowed Whitcomb and Bullock to score on the same play.

The Blue Raiders finally got on the board in the sixth inning by a lead-off double by Myles Christian and a Woodard ground out to short to set up the score by Christian. The Niners immediately got the run back in the seventh by adding two to the scoreboard. Middle Tennessee almost came back in the eighth by scoring four in the inning to cut the lead by two, but that was all that was left in the tank.

Starter Joey Cooner had a great start Sunday, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and having career high nine strikeouts.

The Niners will be back in the Queen City on Tuesday, March 27 when they take on North Carolina at BB&T Ballpark. Game time is set at 7:05 P.M. and can be seen on beIN Sports and be heard on ESPN 730.

Ransom scores career-high as Charlotte take down FAU on senior night

2017-18 Senior Class: #15 Nyilah Jamison-Myers, #10 Jada Martin, #44 Amaya Ransom with Head Coach Cara Consuegra. Photo by Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team closed out the regular season on a good note as they took down the Florida Atlantic Owls 83 – 69 on senior night. This is the Niners second straight victory to close out the regular season before heading into the Conference USA basketball tournament in Frisco, Texas.

Senior Amaya Ransom finished her Halton Arena career by scoring a career-high 23 points to lead all players in scoring. Junior Laia Raventos had 14 points along with seven assists and five steals. Dara Pearson posted her third-straight double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Freshman Mariah Linney contributed to the effort as well, scoring 13 points and five assists. Senior Jada Martin got her first career start Saturday, and had two points, a rebound, and an assist for the day.

FAU’s Malia Kency led scoring among the Owls with 17 points. Raven Doyle had a double-double for the evening, with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Melinda Myers and Dannael Ford also reached double figures with 14 and 12 points.

In the first quarter, the Niners scored on three straight processions to take an early 6 – 2 leads. FAU tied the game up after two straight buckets by Raven Doyle. With the score tied 8 – 8, Charlotte went on a 6 – 0 run thanks to a Dara Pearson layup until a three-pointer by Malia Kency would keep it a one procession game. The Niners kept going at it until the end of the quarter, capped off by the three-pointer by Miriah Linney to give the Niners a 26 – 17 lead.

With a score of 26 – 21 and an FAU team closing in on the lead, Charlotte went on a 13 – 0 run behind a three-pointer by Amaya Ransom. The lead grew to 20 thanks to a pair of free-throws by Octavia Wilson. By the time the half was over, Charlotte was leading 49-28.

The 49ers continued the run in the third quarter, taking the lead 55 – 31 with 7:52 left to play in the quarter. The Owls however did not back down, A layup by DeChe Williams at the five-minute mark started a 6 – 0 run in four minutes and by the time Charlotte knew it, the lead was cut down to 13, 60 – 47. The half would end with Charlotte still leading 64 – 51.

The Owls continued there second half run, as a three-pointer by Dannael Ford would close the lead down to six. Charlotte would answer with a run of their own to take a 79-65 lead with four minutes left to play. Both teams would add four more points down the stretch.

“Well, what a great game for us to finish at home,” Coach Cara Consuegra said. “One of our best offensive outputs of the season, obviously, led by Amaya Ransom tonight. She played like a senior tonight. Her last home game and she just came out, took really great shots and led us to a huge lead which we were able to hang on to and get the win. This season has been so interesting, and I have never been a part of a team that has grown the way this team has grown.”

After her senior night, Ransom reflected on her time at Charlotte.

“It was my last time playing in Halton Arena,” Ransom said. “The school of Charlotte has been so great to me. My coaches, my teammates that have gone through the program before me and are still here, so to be able to put out a great effort tonight was really important to me. I feel like I did that.”

Charlotte will go into the Conference USA tournament Wednesday as the No. 6 seed as they take on No. 11 Seeded North Texas in the opening round.

Charlotte baseball swept by Georgia

Harris Yett makes a dash to first base. Photo by Chris Crews

After coming off a midweek loss to N.C. State, the Charlotte 49ers baseball team was unable to collect a win this weekend, getting swept in their three-game series against Georgia.

Game 1: Georgia 12, Charlotte 2

Georgia got off to a hot start with left fielder Keegan McGovern hitting his third home run of the season in the bottom of the first to put the Bulldogs on the board first. The Bulldog offense continued with Georgia scoring four more runs in the second inning with three of those coming from consecutive bases-loaded singles.

The Bulldogs kept the offence rolling in the third inning with right fielder Tucker Bradley hitting a three-run home run and second baseman L.J. Talley slamming a two-run home run down right field. In all, Georgia scored 10 runs off Charlotte pitcher Matt Brooks, who had allowed only two runs in his previous start.

Charlotte finally got on the board in the fifth inning with pinch-hitter Jake Whitcomb hitting a line drive down right field in his first collegiate at bat of the year.  Tommy Bullock then hit a single down left field before Jackson Mims knocked a line drive down the middle to drive in Whitcomb.

Georgia would get the run back in fifth off a Charlotte error. Both teams would trade runs in the seventh to create the final score of 12-2.

Game 2:  Georgia 6, Charlotte 4

Charlotte started hot in the first inning as junior Tommy Bullock hit a double down left field. Harris Yett’s single down to third base brought Bullock home after a throwing error by the Bulldogs.

Georgia came back in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Ivan Johnson hit a double down left field, which resulted in an error by the 49ers. Austin Biggar then hit an RBI single down the middle to put the Bulldogs up by one.

The lead would go right back to the Niners in the third inning. Todd Elwood drew a lead-off walk and then later scored off a double by junior Reece Hampton. Mims hit a shot to center field, scoring a run to give Charlotte a 4-2 lead. Georgia cut the deficit to one in the fifth off a Charlotte error after an infield single by Michael Curry.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the eighth inning, scoring three runs to give the Bulldogs a two-run lead. Georgia mounted the comeback off with lead-off walks to McGovern and Cam Shepherd before Curry would hit a double down left to put the Bulldogs up by one. A fielders choice by Georgia would account for the final run of the game.

Game 3: Georgia 10, Charlotte 7

Due to the threat of incoming weather on Sunday, Game 3 was played on Saturday as part of a double header.

With the bases loaded, Bulldogs Aaron Schunk hit a double down right-center field to give the Bulldogs a three-run lead in the first. A Charlotte error, bunt single and sacrifice fly allowed Georgia to score two runs in the second. Another sac fly by the Bulldogs in the third inning allowed Georgia a 6-0 lead.

Charlotte finally got on the board in the fourth by a single from  Yett down center field to give the Niners their first run of the night. Georgia got the run back in the fourth off a home run by McGovern.

The Niners added another run in the fifth off a sac fly by Mims before Bulldog McGovern slammed a two-run home run in the sixth to give Georgia a 9-2 lead. In the seventh inning, Charlotte cut the lead down to three off a Drew Ober double and a Zack Smith single. McGovern hit another home run in the eighth to extend Georgia’s lead by four.

The last time the 49ers were swept on the road was back in May of 2015 at Southern Miss. Charlotte will hit the road again and travel down to Charleston Southern on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Charlotte stumble on the road against Middle Tennessee

Amaya Ransom tries to find the basket. Photo by Chris Crews

Despite trailing only by one at the end of the half, Charlotte could not hold the lead for long as they fall to Middle Tennessee State 64–45.

Charlotte freshman Octavia Wilson started off the game with an easy jumper 17 seconds in to the game. Charlotte had their biggest lead of the game, leading 11–2 with five minutes left to play in the first quarter. Before the buzzer could sound off, junior Laia Raventos hit a baseline 12-footer to give the Niners the 18–10 lead.

The late basket did not affect the Blue Raiders as they started the second quarter off with a 7–0 run to cut Charlotte’s lead down to one with 5:44 left to play in the first half. After a layup by Charlotte’s Jaida Robinson, Middle Tennessee’s Anna Jones drained in a three-pointer to tie the game 20–20 with 5:02 left in the half. With Charlotte leading 26–24 with two minutes left in the half, another three-pointer by Anna Jones gave the Blue Raiders their first lead of the game. Both teams would trade three-pointers before the end of the half, with the Blue Raiders leading 30-29.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Charlotte senior Amaya Ransom drained in a three-pointer to give Niners a two-point lead. The lead would be short-lived as Middle Tennessee would score an easy layup to tie the game 32–32. The Blue Raiders would take the lead again 35-32 behind a three-pointer by Abbey Sissom. Only 16 points were scored in the third quarter, but 11 of the 16 belonged to the Blue Raiders.

After a scoreless minute in the fourth, a three-pointer by Middle Tennessee’s Jess Louro gavebthe Blue Raiders a 10-point lead. Charlotte cut the lead down to five behind a jumper from Jaida Robinson but, Charlotte would not get closer than that. Middle Tennessee went on a 14–0 run over the next four minutes to take a 60–41 lead with 1:47 left in the game. Charlotte was only able to score 11 points in the quarter while Middle Tennessee scored 23 points.

Middle Tennessee had three players score in the double-figures, with Alex Johnson leading all scorers with 18 points. The Blue Raiders led the game in points off turnovers and 2nd chance points with 16.

Charlotte only had two players score in double-figures, with Jaida Robinson scoring 12 points while Amaya Ransom scored 10.

The 49ers will begin a three-game homestand Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. when they take on Marshall.