The Blue Devils got on the board in the first after a walk, a single and a wild pitch made the score 1-0. Charlotte pitchers then sent down 16 of the next 18 Duke hitters to keep the one-run margin.
Duke starters allowed just on hit and two walks in the first five innings until the 49ers tied the game in the sixth. Sophomore Michael Green (Richmond, Va. / Thomas Dale HS), making his first start of the season in center, reached on an infield error and later scored on an RBI single from right fielder Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS).
Duke retook the lead in the seventh on a sacrifice fly before adding a pair if insurance runs in the eighth on the first career home run from outfielder Chris Marconcini in the eighth. The runs were the first allowed by Charlotte in an eighth inning this season.
Wilson had two of Charlotte's three hits, after recording three of Charlotte's four hits in Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to Wake Forest.
The bullpens factored in the decisions in the game. Blue Devil reliever Joe Pedevillano got the win in his first appearance on the mound this season. The junior allowed one hit and one walk in the last 3.1 innings, recording six strikeouts.
Charlotte reliever Chad Rothlin (Hickory, N.C. / Fred T. Foard HS) took the loss (1-2). In two innings, he gave up one run on one hit and a walk. All four Charlotte pitchers gave up one run each in the contest.
The 49ers begin a three-game weekend series against Harvard, beginning Friday night at 6 p.m.
NOTES: All five Charlotte losses have come when scoring two runs or less this season... Charlotte is 12-0 when tallying three or more runs in 2011... The Niners last lost back-to-back games on May 8-9, 2011... Charlotte has been held to a run in three of the last five games... The 49ers did not have a one-run game all of 2010 (but were shutout twice)... The last time Charlotte had less than four hits in a game was Feb 3, 2007 at High Point (one hit in a 10-inning win)...
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