On March 16, 1979, the Charlotte 49ers baseball team defeated Catawba, 13-10, for its first win in program history. Thirty-four years later, it has its 1,000th.
In a “pop-up” game scheduled due to inclement weather over the past couple of weeks, the Niners defeated future Conference USA foe Marshall, 7-3, to reach the 1,000 win milestone (1000-844-6, an average of around 30 wins a season). This season, they are now 4-1.
Winning pitcher: Brock Hudgens (1-0)
Hudgens pitched a good five innings, allowing two runs off of five hits and two walks while striking out five.
Losing pitcher: Michael Taylor (0-1)
Taylor didn’t last through the third inning (2.2 IP), allowing three runs (just one earned) on three hits, while walking three and striking out two.
Quick recap: With the Niners trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 3rd, Justin Roland hit a leadoff single. After a Brad Elwood flyout and a Shane Basen strikeout, Grant Dunnegan reached on an error, followed by a Justin Seager RBI single. Derek Gallello then singled to left, but advanced to second on another Herd error–both Dunnegan and Seager scored–to give Charlotte a 4-2 lead; they would not trail the rest of the way. Mike Green scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the 6th while Brett Lang‘s 2 RBI single in the 8th rounded out the home team scoring.
Top performer: Seager, who reached all three times he stepped up to bat (2-2, BB) while picking up an RBI in the process.
Honorable mention: Lang, who basically iced in in the 8th with his two-run single.
Number of the game: 8–the number of errors combined by the two teams (5 by Marshall, 3 by Charlotte).
Number of the game, part II: 1,000–congrats to Loren Hibbs, the staff and all the players past and present that made this milestone possible.
Next up: A regularly scheduled game at Wake Forest, tomorrow at 4pm.
Tomorrow’s weather: Rain, mid to upper 40′s, but should clear out later in the afternoon. Keep an eye on the Wake and Charlotte websites and social media feeds in case this one gets delayed or called off.