Some Charlotte 49ers news and notes on this Wednesday, with spring in the air and baseball season upon us.
–It’s starting to come together for softball‘s Chelsea Ingersoll. Consider that the junior from Butler High School in the Queen City was .212 with two home runs and 15 RBI last season. Granted, they were low totals, but they were improvements from her freshman year.
This year has been different. Ingersoll has been red hot, batting .379 (third on the team) while slugging a team-leading eight bombs. She’s second on the team in hits (33) and RBI (21) behind senior Bri Gwaltney. Needless to say, she’s answered the call this season and is poised to take on a much greater role in 2014.
–Meanwhile, the four Niner seniors have delivered thus far. Gwaltney (.413, 30 RBI, 38 H) has put up solid numbers once again. Kalie Lang (5 HR, 21 RBI) is a power threat and Lindsay Holloman (15 for 39) has looked good at the plate. Chelsea Stamey, despite a .290 average, has racked up eight doubles (tied for 2nd with Lang) and 13 RBI.
–After a 2-0 start to A-10 play, the ladies lost four in a row to Temple and Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia. They’ll break from conference action with a doubleheader at N.C. State today before resuming league play at Dayton on Saturday.
–Speaking of Langs, Kalie’s younger brother, Brett, is enjoying a fine start to his college career with the baseball team. The redshirt freshman is hitting .286, but is in a three-way tie for the RBI lead with 25 and leads the club with three home runs; his 30 hits put him in fourth. Lang’s start has to be encouraging for coach Loren Hibbs going forward, along with the play of Justin Seager (.426, 25 RBI, 43 H, 13 2B), Shane Basen (.362, 25 RBI) and Brad Elwood (.337, 18 RBI, 35 H). Michael Green has been a spark as well; the speedy freshman is 13-15 on the basepaths. The Diamond Niners visit USC Upstate in a single game tonight before hosting UNC Asheville in a weekend set beginning Friday night.
–The golf team hosts the Irish Creek Collegiate in Kannapolis this weekend. They’re coming off a 9th place finish at the Linger Longer Invitational, after which Thomas Rowland was named the A-10 golfer of the week…More bad weather breaks for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The men’s match at App State on Tuesday was cancelled; they’ll look to get back at it on a trip to Richmond on Sunday in a conference contest. The women’s match at WCU was cancelled last week; they’ll visit Gardner-Webb today…The track and field men won the Virginia Invitational on Saturday, while the women placed 4th; freshman Anthony Bynum‘s performance earned him A-10 performer of the week honors. They’ll head to the Florida Relays on Thursday.