SAN ANTONIO, Texas – After a 15-minute first inning followed by a six-plus hour rain delay, the Charlotte 49ers rallied with four runs in the top of the eighth inning to double up UTSA 4-2 on Saturday night.
“It was a really long day, but a very, very productive day,” commented Head Coach Loren Hibbs. “We are becoming a team every day. We’ve slowly but surely become more of a cohesive unit and a team. Now, we have to play again tomorrow so we have to show up and play.”
UTSA (15-34, 6-20 C-USA) got on the board with a run in the second after a Bryan Arias leadoff double and one-out RBI single to right by J.T. Gilmore. In the fifth, it was a clutch two-out single to right by Ben Brookover who plated Gilmore after his one-out single to right.
Charlotte (22-28, 11-15) didn’t have much of an answer for Chance Kirby, who started after the rain delay, until the top of the eighth. Hunter Jones began the frame with a single to right-center before Derek Gallello doubled off the top of the wall in left to start the rally. Drew Ober followed with a game-tying, two-run double to center getting the 49ers back to even. After a perfect sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Luke Gibbs moved Ober to third, a one-out infield single by Brett Netzer put the Niners on top 3-2. Two batters later, T.J. Nichting reached on one of three UTSA errors in the inning that scored Netzer with the game’s final run.
Holden Capps picked up his fifth win of the season after going seven strong innings, including the bottom of the first for roughly five minutes before returning after the delay, allowing two runs on seven hits. Matt Horkey tossed the ninth earning his second save of the year getting around a hit with a strikeout.
Charlotte and UTSA will now attempt to squeeze in the final game of the series on Sunday morning beginning at 11:00 a.m. central, 12:00 p.m. Weather is forecasted to hit the San Antonio area again throughout the night. Fans are encouraged to follow @NinerBaseball and @Charlotte49ers on Twitter for any Sunday morning updates.
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