With all the madness going on (women’s basketball beating App State in the first round of the WNIT and the men paying a visit to Providence in their NIT first round matchup), the Charlotte 49ers baseball and softball team may not be getting the attention they deserve. But we’re here to get you caught up on what they’re up to–especially since both teams have opened Atlantic 10 play.
This weekend, the baseball team is visiting the Richmond Spiders–while the softball team welcomed Fordham to the Philips Softball Diamond today. And both teams came away with victories, as baseball won 8-5 while softball swept a twinbill over the Rams.
In Richmond, it was some late heroics that helped them get in the win column. Facing a 5-4 deficit in the top of the 9th, Brad Elwood smacked a two-run bomb to put the Green and White ahead, 6-5. Brett Lang then tripled, was driven home by Tony Montalbano (returning from injury) on a fielder’s choice, while Derek Gallello brought Montalbano in with a single. Hunter May got the win in relief and improved to 6-0 on the year; he leads the staff in victories. Meanwhile, Lang, in his first season since redshirting last year, has done quite well for himself, while Justin Seager and Elwood are well on pace for career seasons.
Softball also enjoyed some late-game scoring. After trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth of game 2, two straight singles brought up Chelsea Ingersoll, and she ripped a three-run homer to put the Niners up ahead 9-7, a lead they would never relinquish. That gives Ingersoll five homers on the season after two all of last year. That followed a game one in which they scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth (an Ingersoll run-scoring single, a two RBI single by Jess Plemmons and a Sam Slade RBI triple) to seal an eventual 10-8 victory. How about Plemmons, by the way? The freshman is third on the team in hitting (.373), is second in hits (28) and tied for third in RBI (16). Don’t forget about Gwaltney, who’s putting together her usual strong season: .430 (2nd on the squad), 34 hits (first) and 26 RBI (first).
Baseball continues a weekend set at Richmond tomorrow and Sunday, while the softball team hosts a twinbill against George Washington on Sunday. With the weather getting warmer over the next few weeks, there’s plenty of time to get out and catch some spring sports action.