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Bulldogs beat the 49ers 11-4

The Charlotte 49ers took on the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs midweek. Mason Herbert started off pitching for the 49ers. Right off the bat, the Bulldogs went up 2-0 after senior Corey Howard double homered to right center.

Following a strikeout, Todd Elwood singled up the middle and Harris Yett walked only to have a double play to end the first inning.

The Bulldogs went three up three down with Herbert on the mound. Two 49er walks led to leaving those two on base.

In the third, a double and then a single RBI from Justin Kunz made it 3-0. Following that, Spencer Ard came to pitch for Herbert. Chandler Redmond homered and added two RBIs, making the score 5-0. Patrick Szczypinksi came in for Ard and closed out the third without any more damage done. After Elwood reached on a fielder’s choice, Drew Ober got out at second and Harris Yett hit into a double play to end the fourth.

Will Palinkas came to pitch for Szczypinksi in the fourth. After getting up with two outs right away, the senior Redmond homered for the second time for two more RBIs. Two more hits and another RBI from the Bulldogs made the score 8-0.

The 49ers were looking for some offensive momentum going into the bottom of the fourth. Rafi Vazquez singled to right center. Dominick Cammarata hit into the third double play of the game and a strikeout followed.

Tommy Bullock doubled to left center and Austin Lynch grounded out, which advanced Bullock to third. Josh Haney flew out for an RBI to get the 49ers on the board in the fifth, 8-1.

The sixth inning was big for Charlotte on offense and defense. Going three up and three down gave the 49ers a chance to get their bats going.

After Elwood singled, he advanced to second on a throwing error. With Yett on base as well, Vazquez triple homered to left center making the score 8-4. Aaron Stewart, a new pitcher for the Bulldogs, led to two quick outs to end the sixth.

Ethan Earhart came in to pitch and three groundouts to the shortstop, Bullock made for a quick seventh.

Riley Cheek to right-field, Tate Pennington to third base and Chase Gooding to pitch were all changes made in the eighth. Chris Clary stole home to go up five runs again.

Howard homered again in the ninth for two RBIs to make the final score 11-4.

The 49ers will be on the road against Southern Miss on Thursday, April 18 for a game at 7 p.m.

A Spanish duo: academics and athletics

When you’re far away from home, it is hard to adapt to everything going on around you, let alone having to handle academics and athletics at the same time. Just ask Rocio Safont who is over 4,000 miles away from home.

“I came to America with no English, so it was really hard for me. I was homesick so I missed my family and friends, but I am doing better now.” said Safont.

Safont is a 5-foot-7-inch sophomore on the Charlotte Women’s Tennis team. She was born on Jan. 15, 1999 in Borriana, Spain to José Safont Muñoz and Inmaculada Branchadell Renau. She has an older brother who played basketball, but stopped so he could go to college. Safont started playing tennis at just four years old. She is full of athleticism and loves all sports, so she participated in basketball and soccer until she realized her true talent lied in tennis.

At Safont’s prep school, Salesianos San Juan Batista, she was amongst the top tennis players. Safont earned a No. 61 overall ranking for the Women’s Open Spanish. While in her early teenage years, and even before, Safont reached goals and standards that most athletes do not otherwise achieve at such a young age.

She was a Valenciana Member of regional team finalists in U12 and U14. She claimed titles at many large Open tournaments such as Vall d’Uxo, Nules, Borriana, and Vinaroz. Safont was crowned the U14 and U16 Privincial Circuit of Castello Champion while also winning the U14 Babolat Cup in Valencia. After winning titles at the U15 and U16 OUATT Doubles World Final Tournaments in France, Safont made a semifinal appearance at the Spanish Championships by regions with Comunidad.

Before she knew it, she was being looked at by colleges in the States, which is what she wanted.

“In Spain, it is very difficult to play a sport and be in college. You either go pro or start your degree and have to quit tennis,” said Safont. “Coming [to Charlotte] was an opportunity for me to play tennis and study.”

Charlotte reached out to Safont and she received her first collegiate offer from the previous coaching staff, Michaela Gorman and Caroline Price.

“The coaches had confidence in me and I really liked the campus; it is beautiful. The weather is beautiful here as well.” said Safont.

Head Coach Anthony Davison and Rocio Safont

Safont is just as happy with the new coaching staff, Anthony Davison and Brooke Buckner, and her experience at Charlotte has been great so far.

Coming in with an undecided major, Safont ended up choosing to declare International Business.

Safont had an outstanding freshman season as she added plenty of accomplishments to her list, athletically and academically.

In the fall of 2018, Safont was named to the Athletic Director’s List and to the Chancellor’s List in spring 2019 while being added to the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll.

After leading the tennis squad with nine single victories in the fall, Safont contributed to the doubles wins as well. She paired with Megan Smith and they won their doubles bracket at the North Carolina Central University Invitational by beating UNCW and Campbell. Mixing up the pairs landed Safont with Tai Martin. The duo defeated Appalachian State and Elon at the Wake Forest Invitational for back-to-back victories.

In spring of 2018, Safont found herself leading the team with 12 single triumphs which gave her 21 on the year. That number made for another award under her name. She became the first 49er to break 20 single wins since Natsuko Takayanagi in 2014-15. Safont was the first freshman to achieve that milestone since Ana Spivakovsky in 2006-07.

“I enjoy playing tennis even though it is really hard and the days are long.” said Safont.

It’s clear that Safont adapted to the American ways and has excelled in athletics and academics here at Charlotte. While being so far from home, she isn’t able to go back to Spain often. Safont went home for Christmas last year for just two weeks, but she knows that’s how it goes while being a student athlete.

Safont has earned her way here at Charlotte and enjoyed her experience while doing it. She looks forward to the future as a 49er.

“I really like Charlotte a lot. I like the coaches and my teammates, they are amazing. I have a family here.” said Safont.

Catch Safont in a tennis match next spring at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex!

49ers top the Bulldogs at UNC Asheville

With an outstanding effort from the Niners, they played a complete game against UNC Asheville.

Charlotte came out swinging against the Bulldogs in the bottom of the first. Carson Johnson started it off with a base hit to midfield and Todd Elwood followed. Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch before Harris Yett doubled down the left-field line for two RBIs. Dominick Cammarata hit a bomb to double homer and make the score 4-0.

Brandon Lankford homered well over the fence to put the Bulldog’s on the board. Pitcher Mason Herbert got out of the inning with only one run, making the score 4-1.

In the middle of the third, Spencer Ard came in to pitch for Herbert. Lankford then flied out to center for an RBI, making it 4-2.

Johnson doubled and was in scoring position shortly after. Yett grounded out to third for an RBI to make it 5-2.

Will Palinkas came to pitch for Ard in the sixth with a bunch of position changes in the seventh as well. Carter Foster to pinch hit for Rafi Vasquez, Riley Cheek for Austin Lynch, Elwood to right-field, Patrick Wheeler to center and Tate Pennington to hit for Josh Haney. Pennington went to third in the eighth.

Following a single, Jake Madole was hit by a pitch to get the walk in the eighth. Carson Pinkney came in to pitch for Palinkas. After Lankford singled up the middle, Danny Wilson hit into a double play from Johnson to Tommy Bullock and then to first for the third out.

Colby Bruce finished out the game pitching for the 49ers with no hits and no runs, ending with a final score of 5-2.

A tremendous defensive effort from the 49ers held the Bulldogs to such little scoring. The Charlotte batting is becoming more consistent as well while multiple averages continue to go up. Johnson was three for four, making his average .339. Elwood is hitting .386 and Yett is at .364.

“As the year goes on and the guys get more comfortable, they see more pitchers and more at-bats, so the hitters catch up to the pitching,” said Head Coach Loren Hibbs post-game regarding the 49er offense, “Our guys are getting better rhythm now.”

The Niners will face C-USA’s top-ranked FAU in a three-game series Friday, April 6-7 at Hayes Stadium.

Team effort gives the 49ers a win over Bulldogs

With an outstanding defensive effort from the Niners, they played a complete game against UNC Asheville.

Charlotte came out swinging against the Bulldogs in the bottom of the first. Carson Johnson started it off with a base hit to midfield and Todd Elwood followed. Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch before Harris Yett doubled down the left-field line for two RBIs. Cammarata hit a bomb to double homer and make the score 4-0.

Brandon Lankford homered well over the fence to put the Bulldog’s on the board. Pitcher Mason Herbert got out of the inning with only one run, making the score 4-1.

In the middle of the third, Spencer Ard came in to pitch for Herbert. Lankford then flied out to center for an RBI, making it 4-2.

Johnson doubled and was in scoring position shortly after. Yett grounded out to third for an RBI to make it 5-2.

Will Palinkas came to pitch for Ard in the sixth with a bunch of position changes in the seventh as well; Carter Foster to pinch hit for Rafi Vasquez, Riley Cheek for Lynch, Elwood to right-field, Patrick Wheeler to center and Tate Pennington to hit for Josh Haney. Pennington went to third in the eighth.

Following a single, Jake Madole was hit by a pitch to get the walk in the eighth. Carson Pinkney came in pitch for Palinkas. After Lankford singled up the middle, Danny Wilson hit into a double play from Johnson to Tommy Bullock and then to first for the third out.

Colby Bruce finished out the game pitching for the 49ers with no hits and no runs, ending with a final score of 5-2.

A tremendous defensive effort from the 49ers held the Bulldogs to such little scoring. The Charlotte batting is becoming more consistent as well while multiple averages continue to go up. Johnson was three for four, making his average .339. Elwood is hitting .386 and Yett is at .364.

“As the year goes on and the guys get more comfortable, they see more pitchers and more at-bats, so the hitters catch up to the pitching,” said Coach Hibbs post-game regarding the 49er offense. “Our guys are getting better rhythm now.”

The Niners will face C-USA’s top-ranked FAU in a three-game series Friday, April 6-7 at Hayes Stadium.

USC shuts out the 49ers 7-0

Looking to get a win on the road against a No. 17 ranked school in the SEC, Charlotte came out swinging in the first. After getting the bases loaded in the first, the 49ers left all three runners on base and put zero points on the board. Kiersten Berrier singled, Emma Ocker walked and Bailey Vannoy singled as well.

South Carolina started off strong on offensive, just like they did on defense. Two hits off Lauren Riley in the first led to two runs as well. A contributor to those runs were the two errors made on the defensive side from Charlotte; the score was 2-0 after the first.

Back-to-back three up and three down made for a quick second inning. Following, the 49ers continued to struggle at the plate against such strong pitchers from USC.

The fourth inning was inning big for the Gamecocks. A walk and a single then made for two RBIs after a double up the middle. Michelle Boesel homered for two more RBIs, which made the score 6-0.

Maggie Cannon came in to pitch for Riley along with some fielding changes after. Alex Paulson went to right-field for Imani Rochelle, Lizzy Birch to second and Bethany Doty to third for McGough.

After two consecutive walks, Alison Green came to pitch for Cannon and Raegan Thompson caught for Vannoy. Following the changes, the Gamecocks scored again making it 7-0.

Three batters up and three down for Charlotte ended the game at 7-0.

The Niners will be on the road again for a three-game series against LA Tech April 6-7.

49ers fall to MTSU after a long weekend

Game 1: 5-6

In an 11-inning thriller, the 49ers took the fall to the MTSU Raiders. It was a rollercoaster of lead changes and ties, as well as the longest game since 2011.

Charlotte took the lead early with an RBI single from Bailey Vannoy. The Blue Raiders tied in the fourth, but two runs from the Niners put them on top again, 3-1.

Back-to-back homers from MTSU gave them the lead 4-3. An RBI triple from Kiersten Berrier in the sixth led to another tied score.

Charlotte had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and couldn’t get anyone in to score, which called for leaving three girls on base.

After the Raiders scored again, Katie Manring homered to left field, tying the score 5-5. MTSU scored in the eleventh (6-5) and Charlotte could not answer back.

Game 2: 9-2

With a fire under them, the 49ers wanted to get the win over Middle Tennessee. Freshman pitcher Maggie Cannon’s name suits her well as she came out with her “cannon” in the first. She went three up three down to give no room for offensive production from MTSU. The Charlotte offense started off strong, scoring four runs and making the score 4-0. Berrier started it off by getting to third-base on a left-field single after a fielding error. Meredith Harris homered and added two RBIs.

After the Raiders scored one in the third, Charlotte answered right back. Harris singled up the middle to get on base. Then Manring hit her seventh home-run of the season and added her 22nd RBI to make the score 6-1.

The Blue Raiders added their last run after a solo home-run from Lexi Cushing. To end the game in the bottom of the fifth, the Charlotte 49ers added three more runs. Manring, Lizzy Birch and Imani Rochelle added consecutive doubles to make it 9-2.

When scoring nine runs, the Niners are 8-0.

Game 3: 4-7

Hoping to win the series over MTSU, the 49ers started strong after a home-run and two RBIs from Vannoy to make it 2-0 in the first.

In the top of the second, the Raiders took the lead and Charlotte made a pitching change from Cannon to Lauren Riley. Another run was scored after a fielding error, making it 4-2.

With three walks in the fourth and a single up the middle from Manring, the 49ers managed to get one run in and make it 4-3. Spencer Gray tripled in the fifth and scored on a wild pitch to tie.

With a slugging percentage of .594, Manring is leading her team nearly every game. The seventh inning pushed a big lead for MTSU after scoring three and Charlotte had no answer.

“It really comes down to leaving too many runners in scoring position, and we have to find ourselves in a mental state where we’re ready to be that game changer.” said Coach DeVos, post-series.

The final score was 7-4. The Blue Raiders took the series winning two games to one.

The Niners will be at South Carolina on Wednesday, April 3.

Charlotte goes 0-2 against Western Carolina

Game 1: Charlotte 0, Western Carolina 7

Charlotte took on Western Carolina in a two-game series in Cullowhee, NC on Wednesday, March 27. The 49ers could not get their bats going to get some offense, but when they did, they would leave girls stranded on base without getting them in to score.

In the first inning, Charlotte left two on base to then give the Catamounts the chance to bat. A two-run homer from Hunter Gibbons made the score 2-0. In the third inning, three came up for Charlotte and three went down for Charlotte very quickly.

In the fourth, another homerun from Western Carolina put two more points on the board for them, making it 4-0.

Three up, three down for Charlotte came once again in the fifth as they could not get any hits to fall. In the sixth, WCU scored another three runs to end the game at 7-0.

Game 2: Charlotte 8, Western Carolina 16

In hopes of bouncing back from the first game, Charlotte started off with a two-run homer from Freshman Bailey Vannoy in the first inning. The 49ers got off to a 2-0 lead, but the Catamounts answered back quickly.

After two walks with the bases loaded, two runs were scored unearned. Three more runs after that made the score 5-2. The second inning was huge for Western Carolina. Two runs and a two-RBI double made the score 9-2. Following that, Bailey Honeycutt homered to left-field and racked in three RBIs, 12-2.

The top of the third was big for the 49ers. Alex Paulson walked with the bases loaded and a run was scored. Four more runs after that made the score 12-7, which put Charlotte back in the game.

Two runs in the fourth and the fifth for the Catamounts made the score 16-7. Charlotte scored one more in the fifth on a home run from Katie Manring. The final score in five innings was 16-7. It was a rough outing for the 49ers at WCU.

Charlotte looks to improve their 10-20 record back at Daughtridge Stadium for a three-game series against MTSU starting on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.

Tigers top the 49ers

On Mar. 26, the Charlotte 49ers looked to break even at 12-12 (.500) while taking on the Clemson Tigers at BB&T Ballpark. The game was a rollercoaster for the 49ers.

Right off the bat, the Tigers scored one in the first inning. Following two pitching changes for Charlotte and a scoreless second, a three-run third inning for Clemson made it 4-0. In the bottom of the third, Todd Elwood singled to left-field and Harris Yett followed with an RBI homer to make it 4-2. It was Yett’s 22nd RBI and fifth HR.

With scoreless fourth and fifth innings, the sixth sparked something for the Niners. In the top of the sixth, Charlotte switched pitchers for the fifth time, from Will Palinkas to Colby Bruce. Clemson was held. With back to back hits from Drew Ober and Austin Lynch, Dominick Cammarata walked to load the bases. Clemson changed pitchers from Jacob Hennessey to Holt Jones.

Cammarata advanced to second on a passed ball and Ober scored. Tommy Bullock flied out to right-field and gave Lynch the chance to score. At the end of the sixth, the score was tied 4-4 with the Niners right back in the game.

In the top of the seventh, Tiger, Bo Majkowski singled to right-field and racked up an RBI as well, making the score 5-4. Bruce got out of the inning with one run, two hits and three left on base.

Another pitching change came for Charlotte when Mason Herbert came in for Bruce in the top of the eighth. Two runs came for Clemson, following a stolen base by Logan Davidson, 7-4. Spencer Ard came in to pitch for Herbert. After Davidson scored, the bases were loaded for the Tigers with two outs. A run walked in to make the score 8-4 going into the ninth.

Ethan Earhart came in to pitch for Ard to get out of the ninth with no more runs. The Niners had one more chance to catch up and they added one run to the score to make it a final of 8-5.

With eight pitchers for Charlotte and three for Clemson, the Tigers came out on top.

When asked post-game about the mentality of the Charlotte pitchers on the mound, Coach Hibbs said, “We’ve been in this environment a lot before so they should be comfortable. It becomes a game of attrition and the more depth you have in your line up, the better chance you have to be successful.”

The 49ers will play WKU in Bowling Green, Ky. in a three-game series beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 29.

49ers split with Canisius

Game 1: Charlotte 4, Canisius 8

Going into a two-game series against Canisius, Charlotte was seeking to improve their 9-14 record.

The Griffins took an early lead on the 49ers, but Emma Ocker tied the score 1-1 in the third with an RBI. Canisius scored again in the fourth, but Lizzy Birch came up with a homer to tie.

Innings five through seven were scoreless, but all the action came in the eighth. The Golden Griffins scored six runs to make the score 8-2. Katie Manring homered down the left-field line to score with Ocker and make it 8-4.

The game ended after eight innings with a score of 8-4, Canisius on top.

Game 2: Charlotte 4, Canisius 3

After losing game one, Charlotte was looking for a win. The first inning went by quickly and was scoreless for both teams. Pitcher Carson Pace went three up three down as the Canisius offense could not get on base in the second.

After Jude McGough doubled to right center, Anna Devereaux scored to get Charlotte on the board at 1-0. McGough on fire, homered in the fourth making the score 2-0. In the fifth, Canisius got their bats going and sparked their offense. With the bases loaded, 2 RBIs were gained after a single up the middle from Hannah Catallo-Stoo. One more run after that put the Griffins on top of the Niners 3-2. Charlotte answered back, regaining the lead after Meredith Harris homered to left field and brought Ocker past home plate as well, 4-3.

A scoreless sixth inning gave kept Charlotte on top of Canisius going into the seventh. McGough’s on base percentage was a whopping .667 which lead the Niners to their tenth win with a final score of 4-3 over Canisius.

The Niners will play a three-game series against Conference USA opponent, WKU in Bowling Green, Ky. March 23-24.

Wake Forest tops 49ers 14-6

On Tuesday, Mar. 19, Charlotte Baseball took on Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Niners had a slow start after being down 0-9 to the Demon Deacons in just the second inning. A three-run homer from Brendan Tinsman in the first, plus another run, gave Wake the early lead. Five runs in the second more than doubled their lead to make the hole even bigger for the 49ers to have to dig themselves out of.

Wake had their bats going right away in the top of the first scoring four runs. Charlotte couldn’t come up with an answer. Wake Forest’s offense quickly returned to score five more runs in the second. Charlotte did not score until the fourth inning while at that point. They were down 0-12. The 49ers produced some offense after a home run from Dominick Cammarata brought Harris Yett in and got the Niners on the board with two points.

In the fifth, a double from Yett racked up two RBIs to make the score 4-13 because Wake scored again as well. The sixth and seventh innings were fast and scoreless for both teams. In the eighth inning, Wake Forest scored and so did Charlotte. The same two guys for Charlotte scored again, Cammarata and Yett, which made the score 6-14. Cammarata batted an average of .375 for the night and Yett batted .390 — the highest for the 49ers against Wake Forest. The final score ended up being 6-14 as the ninth inning was not played.

Charlotte Baseball continues to go back and forth with wins and losses. Their overall record is now 10-9.

Catch the 49ers at Hayes Stadium for a three-game series this weekend March 22-24 against Marshall.

49ers end a great season on a loss in the quarterfinals

The women’s basketball team took on UAB in the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament in Frisco, TX on Thursday, Mar 13. After starting the first quarter down 17-31, the 49ers could not dig themselves back out of that hole in their loss to the Blazers.

UAB started out on fire. Within the first 10 minutes, they were 12 of 16 from the field and 6 of 7 from behind the arc. “We lost the game in the first 10 minutes,” said Coach Consuegra post-game. “They are too good of an offensive team to give them that type of momentum to start the game.”

Jade Phillips had another double digit scoring day (22) with 14 rebounds. A clutch three-pointer came just in time to make it a one possession game, but the Blazers came with two back-to-back layups to push the scoring gap again. The Niners had answers from Christian Hithe (10 points) and Mariah Linney (11 points) to get back within three. UAB’s Miyah Barnes was unstoppable and continued to increase the deficit for Charlotte.

Right off the bat in the second quarter, UAB extended their lead to 19 with 8:35 left on the clock for the first half. Octavia Jett-Wilson buried a jumper, but the Blazers answered with a shot from downtown to push the lead to 20. The second quarter ended with UAB scoring 13 and Charlotte scoring 12.

Phillips continued to drive the paint in the third to try and decrease the 49er deficit. They were down by 11 (44-33) with 8:17. By the end of the quarter, Charlotte found themselves down 17 entering the final quarter of the game. But the scoring ratio from Charlotte to UAB in the third was only 16 to 18. The Niners continued to battle and did not give up until the clock said :00.

In the final quarter, Charlotte’s defense kicked in and held UAB 0 of 10 from the field. Linney and Phillips added points, making the deficit 11 another time. A layup from Phillips with 2:05 on the clock got the 49ers within 10 which was the closest Charlotte came since the first quarter.

The first quarter was a struggle for the 49ers and they tried very hard to recover from it. It was a great year for the women’s basketball team.

“We’re going to leave here with our heads high in knowing our future is really bright and we’re looking forward to it.” said Coach Cara Consuegra post-game.

The 49ers will find out on Monday, Mar 18 if they will move on to the NCAA postseason tournament.

Men’s basketball ends season with a win

In the 49er’s last game of the 2018-19 men’s basketball season, they got themselves a win on the road at Rice. With senior, Jon Davis leading the Niners with 28 points, four others were in double-digits as well. Malik Martin had 16 points, Dravon Mangum had 11 points, Cooper Robb had 10 points and Jailan Haslem had 10 points.

The first half consisted of three ties and multiple lead changes. Going back and forth in the beginning of the first half, a good dunk by Haslem after a fast break gave the 49ers some momentum as they tied the score at 7-7. A free throw by Davis tied the game at 13, then it was the Owls for six straight points following that. Rice was leading 24-19 with 5:41 left when Charlotte finished out the half with 14 of the 20 points scored, ending the half with a 33-30 lead. Bo Blight was good for a layup inside the paint with 6 seconds left to give the Niners a three-point lead.

Rice took the momentum in the start of the second half after scoring the first eight points, making it 38-33. A nine-point deficit at 47-38 called for some extra work from the Niners. Robb connected on a three and Davis added a free throw to cut the deficit to five. With another five points from Davis and a dunk from Haslem, Charlotte had seven straight points to give them the lead at 51-49. After the score tied at 55, the 49ers went on a 15-0 scoring run making it known who was going to win the game. Senior, Davis scored 14 of the 20 points in the run. He ended his collegiate basketball career with 2,113 points, third on the 49er all-time scoring list.

“I am happy we got the win. It was a hard fought victory tonight. I am glad that I could end my college career on a win. I am going to miss this University. Charlotte is home. The community, the athletic department and the fans have accepted me. Charlotte is a second home for me,” said Davis post-game.

The Charlotte men’s basketball team ended their season with a win over Rice 78-70.

Charlotte tops Charleston 15-9 with season-high runs

Charlotte softball set a season high for runs on Sunday, March 3 against College of Charleston, winning 15-9. It was their first game out of the past six that has been played in full and not called after five innings.

Charleston got their bats going early in the first, but so did Charlotte. Three hits and three runs for the Cougars gave Charlotte a chance to answer back right away — and they did. Kiersten Berrier started the order with a single to shortstop. Following that, hitting was contagious for the Niners. Katie Manring added another RBI to her stats after making contact. Lizzy Birch then doubled to right-field for an RBI. Ending the first with two left on base at 4-3 four errors from the Cougars gave the 49ers the lead.

With the bases loaded in the third, Dexlie Inman walked which tied the game after an unearned run. Charleston gained the lead at 5-4. Charlotte advanced ahead another two runs in the bottom of the third.

Bailey Vannoy was up to bat with the bases loaded for the Niners and reached first base on a fielder’s choice, gaining an RBI when Emily Ocker scored. It gave Charlotte a three-point lead over the Cougars, 8-5.

When Junior Chandler Sparkman singled to center-field, she rallied two RBIs that followed a previous run from the Cougars as well, giving them the lead over the Niners, 9-8 in the bottom of the fifth.

The Niners’ go-to, Manring, came up big for them with a double up the middle and two more RBIs to get the lead back. Charlotte scored seven total runs in the sixth inning, making the score 15-9. Charleston could not find a way to come back from it which gave the Niners their seventh win on the season.

The next game will be at North Carolina on Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 5 p.m.

Charlotte splits big on Saturday

Game 1: Charlotte 14, Wagner 6

After the Friday game against Wagner was canceled, Charlotte dominated on Saturday, March 2 winning by eight in only five innings and setting a new season high in runs (14) and hits (18).

With Charlotte starting down 0-2 to Wagner after the first inning, the 49ers got their bats going in the third. Two girls on base with Katie Manring up to bat is never a good sign for the other team. Manring has 15 RBIs on the season, two of which she gained while at bat in the bottom of the third. Imani Rochelle singled to shortstop, then Lizzy Birch had a three-run homer to left field, getting Rochelle and Manring in to make the score 6-2.

Wagner had no answer from the explosive 49er offense.

In the bottom of the fourth, Meredith Harris racked up two RBIs after Spenser Gray and Kiersten Berrier scored, making it 8-2.

Charlotte settled down and Wagner came back in the top of the fifth inning with four RBIs to make it 8-6, although the 49er offense was not worried. After Birch was hit by a pitch, she stole second and was closer to scoring position. Freshman Bailey Vannoy came in to pinch hit for Raegan Thompson and doubled for an RBI. Four more RBIs made the score 14-6 to end the game.

Game 2: Charlotte 0, Valparaiso 8

Coming off a big win, Charlotte looked to break even at 7-7 (.500). The Niners could not handle the offensive front that Valparaiso put up. Manring prolonged her active hitting along with Berrier but it wasn’t enough to get by the Crusaders.

The Crusaders first two runs were unearned; one on an error from Charlotte. The 49ers started down 0-2. In the top of the second, Manring doubled to second and Vannoy flied out to centerfield. Birch then grounded out, leaving Manring stranded on third in scoring position.

Valparaiso scored another run in the third and five runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 0-8. The Niner offense could not come up with anything to spike some offense and the game was called.

The next game will be in Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium on Sunday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.