Charlotte scored three runs in the first inning against George Washington, allowing starting pitcher Joe Yermal (Bel Air, Md. / McDonogh HS) to get in a groove, as he allowed one run over the first seven innings in the 8-2 victory on Saturday at Barcroft Park. Charlotte wins its second-straight series, with two wins in two games against GW, improving to 19-23 overall, 7-9 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Colonials are 17-27 overall, 3-11 in the league. Charlotte has won five of its last seven conference games, while GW has lost six in a row. The Niners have won both of the first two games to capture the series victory.
The 49ers scored in the first inning for the second day in a row, putting up three runs on two hits on starter Aaron Weisberg. Redshirt senior outfielder Shane Brown (Davidson, N.C. / North Mecklenburg HS) tripled as part of the inning, with an RBI single from Corbin Shive (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) bringing in the last run of the frame. Shive has reached base safely in 26 games, the longest such streak for the 49ers this season.
Yermal gave up his only run in the first, after back-to-back hits to start the inning. The RBI came on a sacrifice bunt from designated hitter Owen Beightol in the frame for a 3-1 lead. Yermal retired the next nine batters in the game, allowing only five hits and a walk in the first seven innings. The start was the 51st of his career, tying Ryan Baker and Adam Mills for the all-time program lead.
The 49ers scored twice more in the second, after a two-out double from third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS), his third RBI of the game. Basen, the team's RBI leader, has seven in the two games in the series for a season total of 35.
Charlotte added lone runs in the third, seventh and eighth innings for the 8-1 lead.
The Colonials were able to get a run on a hit, a walk and a hit batter in the ninth for the game's final run.
Yermal got the win (6-3), striking out four in the game. He has 160 strikeouts for his career. The victory gave him 30 for his career, moving him into second-place all-time at Charlotte, two behind Mills the all-time program lead. He also became the sixth player in Charlotte history with 300 career innings pitched in the seventh inning.
Weisburg took the loss (1-6). He took up seven innings for the Colonials, giving up 10 hits and four walks, with two strikeouts.
Brown and outfielder Brad Elwood (Indian Trail, N.C. / Piedmont HS) had three hits to lead the team. Brown and Basen scored twice to lead all players.
NOTE: Shortstop Justin Roland (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) had his 17-game hit streak ended in the contest... Roland drew a walk in the contest, giving him 18 games in a row reaching base safely, just eight behind Shive for the team lead... Roland leads Charlotte with a .379 batting average in conference games only... Yermal lowered his season earned run average to 2.93... He has three of Charlotte's seven conference wins this year.