The Charlotte 49ers baseball team overcame a 5-0 deficit with seven runs in the 2nd inning to top the Delaware State Hornets, 13-7, on opening day at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium–the first of a four-game weekend set.
Winning pitcher: Hunter May (1-0; 3.1 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 1 H, 2 BB 3 K)
Losing pitcher: Ryan Haas (0-1; 1.1 IP, 7 R (6 ER), 4 H, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 WP)
Quick recap: DSU scored five in the top of the second off of two hits, three walks and two Niner errors–capped by a Ryan Haas bases-clearing double. But Charlotte scored five of their own in the bottom of the frame on four hits, two free passes, a Hornets error and wild pitch, highlighted by Shane Basen (above) racking up a bases-clearing double of his own and a two-run double by Brett Lang, his first collegiate hit. The Niners put it away with two in the fourth and four in the seventh.
Top performers: Basen, Lang and Grant Dunnegan, who combined to go 6-14 for 8 RBI.
Stat of the game: Teams combined for seven errors–four by the Hornets and three by the Niners–but better to win ugly than not win at all.
Next up: A doubleheader on Saturday, starting at noon.
Tomorrow’s weather: Likely that they won’t get anything in. High of 39, rain and snow showers being forecast throughout the day.