Charlotte baseball entertains Virginia Tech for the first time since 2007 on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for the only mid-week action for the 49ers. Tuesday is Faculty and Staff Night at the ballpark.
The 49ers lost two of three to 2012 College World Series participant Kent State over the weekend, the first two home losses in 11 games on campus this season. As the weather improved over the weekend, the 49ers posted sellouts on Saturday and Sunday. Charlotte has sold out three games this season and has brought more than 30,000 fans through the gates each of the past three seasons.
Following the Daylight Saving Time change, Charlotte moves its Tuesday and Friday games to 6 p.m. for the remainder of the season, except for this Friday when, because of the Saturday doubleheader, the Siena series will start at 4 p.m.
The Hokies fell out of the Top 25 this week after dropping two of three to No. 14 Georgia Tech over the weekend. Virginia Tech won the Sunday finale 6-2 in Blacksburg to put them at 12-4 for the season, off to a 1-2 start in ACC play. Chad Pinder and Mark Zagunis have reached base safely in all 16 games during the season.
Charlotte enters at 10-4, coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The 49ers' last two wins have come in one-run games, including Friday's walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth. Saturday's loss was 2-1 and Sunday's loss came in extra innings to the Golden Flashes. Sophomore second baseman Brad Elwood (Indian Trail, N.C. / Piedmont HS) has recorded a hit in all 14 games this season and has a career-long 15-game hitting streak dating back to last season. He leads the 49ers with a .407 batting average and 22 hits. He is the only player on the roster to play in the outfield (right - 7 games) and infield (2B - 7 games). He has three outfield assists this season to lead the team and 19 infield assists up the middle. He is second in the squad with 13 runs scored, eight walks and two stolen bases. He collected the game-winning hit in the ninth inning to upend Kent State Friday night. Reliever Hunter May (Cornelius, N.C. / Pitt CC) leads the team with four pitching wins. He has appeared in 10 of Charlotte's 14 games this season, all out of the bullpen. In a survey of Division I teams, May is tied for fourth in the nation with UCLA's David Berg in percentage of team games in which he has appeared, at .714 this season.\
Monday, freshman Sean Geoghegan (High Point, N.C. / Southwest Guilford HS) was named the Atlantic 10 Conference's Rookie of the Week for his work over the weekend in the Kent State series. He got his first collegiate win after three perfect innings in the 5-4 walk-off win Friday. He also pitched a scoreless frame in Sunday's extra-innings loss. He is the second 49er to win a weekly award after senior Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) earned A-10 Player of the Week at the conclusion of week two of the regular season.
The 49ers are 17-20 all-time against the Hokies, winning the last four meetings in the series. Those four wins include two wins in Blacksburg and two in Charlotte. Virginia Tech's last road meeting against the 49ers was also one of the last games Charlotte played at Kannapolis' Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. The Hokies and 49ers played at the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators Class A minor league team as Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium was finishing construction in the early part of the 2007 season. Charlotte won that contest 11-0 before beating Tech at English Field 9-3 in the previous meeting between the teams on May 15 of that season.
Charlotte junior lefthander Jason Harris (Austin, Tex. / Barton County CC) will start Tuesday night for the 49ers. In two starts, he has posted an earned run average of 0.87 in 10.1 innings pitched. He has recorded six strikeouts and three walks. Senior righty Tanner McIntyre will oppose Harris for the Hokies. In three starts and two relief appearances, McIntyre is 1-0 with a 4.41 ERA. In 16.1 innings, he has tallied 14 strikeouts and eight walks.
The 49ers will conclude the 13-game home stand this weekend in a four-game series against Siena. The series-opener will begin Friday at 4 p.m.
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