The Charlotte 49ers were able to only manage four hits as USC Upstate starter Chris Cox tossed a 100-pitch compete-game shutout to propel the Spartans to a 6-0 home win over the 49ers Wednesday night in midweek non-conference action at Harley Park. Both teams are 17-11 after the game.
Cox allowed one walk, hit a batter and gave up four hits in the effort, facing 33 batters in the contest. It was the third time Charlotte was shutout this season.
A pair of errors in the fourth allowed a pair of unearned runs against Charlotte starter Jason Harris (Austin, Tex. / Barton County CC) when the Spartans got an RBI double from Tyler Lesch and later a solo homer from Trey Richardson.
USC Upstate scored three more in the fifth, the first coming home on a two-RBI single from Tyler Miller, and an RBI single two batters later plated a third run for the 5-0 lead.
The Spartans got their sixth run of the game in the bottom of the seventh after the lead batter walked and stole second. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI single.
Harris took the loss, slipping to 1-2 on the season. In 4.1 innings pitched, he allowed four hits and struck out a pair. Three of the five runs charged to him were earned.
Cox improved to 2-2 with the win, the second complete-game shutout of the season for the Spartans, who turned the trick at home to Marshall in March.
The 49ers will remain out of conference with the A-10 bye this weekend. The 49ers host UNC Asheville, starting with Fireworks night on Friday. The series opener starts at 6 p.m.
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