Charlotte baseball begins an eight-game home stand by stepping out of conference with a three-game weekend series against UNC Asheville, starting Friday night at 6 p.m. at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. Friday night will be Fireworks Night, with a post-game fireworks show beginning five minutes after the final out is recorded.
Walk-up ticket sales are always heavy for the annual Fireworks night, so the 49ers Ticket Office encourages fans to avoid the lines by calling ahead to buy tickets at (704) 687-4949. Please be aware of the potential for a large crowd and plan to be early to avoid parking and traffic issues. Charlotte has posted a sellout in seven of the last 10 home contests and the forecast should be pleasant enough for large crowds this weekend.
Charlotte student-athletes will be honored throughout the Saturday game, which starts at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s finale commencing at 1 p.m.
The 49ers and Bulldogs renewed their rivalry in 2011 after a 10-year hiatus. Charlotte won a pair of games in a rain-shortened weekend to start March of that season. The 49ers have won the last five meetings, dating back to 1994, including both contested at Hayes Stadium. Charlotte is 18-3 overall in the all-time series.
The 49ers enter the weekend at 17-11, dropping their last two contests. Charlotte is 14-5 on the home field. Asheville split a weeknight home-and-home with Western Carolina, taking a 15-0 result on the home turf of McCormick Field Wednesday night. The Bulldogs enter at 9-21 overall, including a 1-12 road record.
Friday night, junior right hander Tyler Barnette (Hickory, N.C.) will start opposite Bulldog freshman left hander Lucas Clarke. Barnette is 2-1, with a 4.47 earned run average, posting a team-high 33 strikeouts against 11 walks this season. Clarke is 1-1, with a 4.68 ERA, with 23 strikeouts and 15 walks.
Saturday afternoon, senior lefty John Hamilton (Strongsville, Ohio) will start for the 49ers against Asheville junior right hander Dean Roland. Hamilton is 1-2, with a 2.97 ERA. In 39.1 innings of work this season in seven starts, he has struck out 26 and walked eight. Roland is 0-6, holding a 5.28 ERA, with 32 strikeouts and 12 walks.
Sunday, Asheville will start redshirt senior right hander Dillon Tabar. He is 2-2, with a 4.24 ERA, with 16 strikeouts and four walks. Charlotte has not named a Sunday starter for the series finale.
Charlotte’s team 3.21 ERA continues to lead the Atlantic 10 Conference. The 49ers are fourth in the league with a .294 team batting average. This game marks the start of the second half of the 56-game regular season.
Junior Justin Seager (Kannapolis, N.C. / Northwest Cabarrus HS) continues to lead the league with his .423 batting average and .508 on-base percentage. He has scored more runs (28) and collected more hits (44) than any other player in the league. Seager and teammates Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) and Brett Lang (Charlotte, N.C. / Ardrey Kell HS) are in a four-way tie for second in the conference with 25 RBI this season.
Charlotte relief pitcher Hunter May (Cornelius, N.C. / Pitt CC) leads the conference with six pitching victories, all out of the bullpen and is currently second in the conference with a 2.03 ERA and leads the league with a .179 batting average against mark. He is tied with VCU closer Matt Lees with 16 appearances this season.
Charlotte will host Winthrop next Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to continue the home stand.
Welcome to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation!
Football parking permits for FSL Account Holders are on sale now for the 2018 season. FSL Account Holders can find a football parking map and annual giving requirements at www.charlotte49ers.com/gamedayinfo. To purchase a permit, please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950.
Green CRI 1, Green CRI 1A and Green CRI 2A are sold out. Two spaces remain in Orange CRI Rooftop
If you wish to make a contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign or Let Me Play (fundraiser for women's athletics), you can do so online or by calling the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-1047/4950.
This system will give you full access to your own personal account and display donations and pledges to the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.
Please Note: If you have ever contributed to the Athletic Foundation, you have an existing account and should login using that information. Please do not create a second account. If you are unsure of your account status or need your login information, please contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-4950/1047.
If your gift will be accompanied by a matching gift from your employer please do not make your gift online. Contact the Athletic Foundation at (704) 687-1047 for information on contributions with a matching gift.
Please note that changes to the tax law regarding charitable donations to Athletic Foundations went into effect January 1, 2018. For information on how this new law impacts FSL Account Holders, please visit: http://www.charlotte49ers.com/GiveNow.
If you are a new member and have not participated in any of the ways mentioned above, please create a new account below and make a pledge to our current campaign.