CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte baseball returns home on Tuesday night to face Winthrop in the final non-conference game of the 2016 regular season. It also opens up a four-game homestand to complete the home schedule at Hayes Stadium.
Charlotte (22-28) won both of their Conference USA contests at UTSA over the weekend taking a big step towards a C-USA Tournament berth. The 49ers opened the series by re-writing some records in a whopping 22-4 victory over the Roadrunners on Friday. Five different Niners recorded at-least three RBI as Brett Netzer and T.J. Nichting each raked four hits. Netzer scored four of the 22 runs while Nichting, Reece Hampton, Logan Sherer and Nick Daddio all plated three times. Josh Maciejewski (5-6) got the win on Friday throwing seven innings allowing just two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Brandon Casas tossed the final two frames allowing two runs on four hits while fanning three.
On Saturday, things were looking down for the Niners trailing 2-0 heading into the eighth inning. The crazy day began with 15 minutes of play followed by a six-hour rain delay before resuming later in the Texas night. The 49ers finally got the offense going in the eighth starting with Hunter Jones’ leadoff single. Derek Gallello followed with a double off the top of the wall in left that set the table for Drew Ober. The freshman came through with a two-run double laced to center knotting things up at 2-2. The go-ahead run came across after Netzer’s infield single that deflected off the pitcher scoring Ober from second. The final of three UTSA errors in the inning eventually brought home Netzer with the insurance tally a few minutes later. Holden Capps (5-1) notched his second-straight win in as many starts with seven innings of work allowing two runs on seven hits. Matt Horkey spelled Philip Perry to work the ninth earning his second save of the year in a three-up, three-down ninth.
Winthrop (27-23) avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of Longwood on Sunday scoring a 4-2 victory in the finale. The Eagles dropped the opener 6-1 and Saturday’s contest 12-3 before three late runs helped double up the Lancers. Mitch Spires belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the hosts a lead for good at 3-2. Spires was one of three to have two-hit games in the victory.
The two teams will meet for the second and final time this season after the Niners scored a 7-1 victory over the Eagles at BB&T Ballpark back on April 5th. Sherer hit a pair of home runs in the victory while going back-to-back with Ober apart of the 14-hit attack.
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