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Seniors Courtney Carroll and Lexi Betancourt will be honored.
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Niners Host LA Tech in Critical Final Weekend; Senior Day Sunday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte softball (31-21, 10-11 C-USA) will wrap up its historic 2016 regular season this weekend, welcoming West Division foe Louisiana Tech (29-19, 10-8 C-USA) to Phillips Softball Complex for a three-game series beginning Saturday.

The fate of both teams postseason berths is on the line, along with five other squads in Conference USA. East Division winner No. 23 Florida Atlantic and West Division teams UTEP and UAB have already clinched. 

Charlotte picked up its second sweep of the season last weekend, downing Middle Tennessee in all three contests in Murfreesboro, including an epic ten-inning battle on Sunday. It was the first time ever that the 49ers have recorded two sweeps in Conference USA in the same season.

Senior Lexi Betancourt had a record weekend, breaking the all-time wins record with a thrilling 9-5 victory on Saturday, a mark held for 25 seasons. Currently with 71 wins, the hurler also is first in innings pitched, games started, and wins, and is second in strikeouts and third in shutouts.

Sophomore Haley Pace is coming off a huge weekend, where she totaled 10 RBI and scored seven times across three games, including registering her second career grand slam en route to earning College Sports Madness C-USA Player of the Week honors.

Freshman Emma Ocker continues to put up a fantastic rookie season. After scoring seven runs last weekend, she sits at 36 on the season, just one away from tying the freshmen record. Ocker is also second in all-time freshmen hits with 55, and tied for second in triples with four. Her .329 batting average currently slots her seventh in program history amongst freshmen.

Sunday will be Senior Day, as the Niners will pay tribute to veterans Lexi Betancourt and Courtney Carroll, who have 128 wins and four conference tournament appearances between them.

Earlier this week, Pace and Betancourt were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, two of just four players from the conference to earn the distinction.

GAMES 53-55:  Charlotte hosts Louisiana Tech*
All-Time Series: Charlotte leads 2-1
Last Meeting: W, 2-1 [MARCH 29, 2015]
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The Niners took two of three from the Lady Techsters after splitting the Saturday doubleheader and bouncing back to take the rubbermatch on Sunday. In Game 1, Courtney Carroll was the hero, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and her classmate Lexi Betancourt struck out 10 in the victory. In the finale, Charlotte edged out LA Tech 2-1. Then-freshman Grace Beatty doubled, while Carroll picked up the team’s lone RBI to cap off a weekend where she went .571, scoring three times with four hits. 
LA Tech comes into the weekend after taking four straight league series, the most in school history. The Lady Techsters lead C-USA in homeruns, scoring, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, triples, walks, and saves. They are led by senior Kristen Miles, who carries a .361 batting average. Utility player Anna Cross tops the squad with 13 homeruns, 44 runs and 40 RBI, and freshman Morgan Turkoly sits on the brink of breaking every offensive freshman record in program history. In the circle, ace Bailey Allen boasts a 2.24 ERA with a 14-7 record, but has registered just 86 strikeouts. The Niners are also likely to see Preslee Galloway, who has a 3.46 ERA with 7-2 record in 35 appearances. She has just 50 Ks on the season, but has logged a conference-high five saves.