After being shut out against USC Upstate on Wednesday, the Charlotte 49ers baseball team returns to Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium for a non-conference three-game set against UNC Asheville. It’s the start of a eight-game homestand for the Diamond Niners.
Charlotte is currently in a mini-slump after having lost six of their last nine–but hope that the friendly confines of the Hayes will do them good. They welcome a Bulldogs team that is 8-21 overall (just 1-12 on the road), so on paper, this should be easy pickings for the Green and White…except that games aren’t quite played on paper.
Keep an eye on…
The Bulldogs’ Ian Graham. The senior catcher is the team’s offensive leader, batting .375 with 18 RBI and two home runs.
Charlotte will win if…
They can put up runs against a suspect Bulldogs pitching staff. UNCA has a team ERA of 6.27. All three of their starters this weekend–in fact, all of their pitchers but two (bullpen mates Billy Creighton at 1.88 and Andrew Kirkland at 3.86)–have ERAs over 4.
Friday, 6pm: CHA–Tyler Barnette (2-1, 4.47) vs. ASH–Lucas Clarke (1-1, 4.68)
Saturday, 2pm: CHA–John Hamilton (1-2, 2.97) vs. ASH–Dean Roland (0-6, 5.28)
Sunday, 1pm: CHA–TBA vs. ASH–Dillon Tabar (2-2, 4.24)
Beautiful. Should be around 60 on Friday getting down to mid 50’s by the end of the game (which, by the way, will feature a fireworks display). Saturday is mid 60’s and Sunday should be around 70. It’s a perfect weekend to get out to the ballpark.