It might have been a little troubling if the Charlotte 49ers baseball team had lost a series to the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. But after a Grant Dunnegan walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th to give the Diamond Niners an 8-7 win, they were fortunate to come away with two of three.
The Bulldogs took a 7-6 lead in the top of the frame after Jordan Hudson walked in a run after coming on in relief of Hunter May. Charlotte, however, had some heroics up their sleeve. After they loaded the bases themselves with one out, Brett Lang hit a sac fly to center to bring in Michael Green from third to tie things up. Two batters later, Dunnegan stepped up and stroked a 1-2 pitch between first and second; Justin Seager beat the relay throw home and the Niners would come up with the deciding run.
The win came after Charlotte had taken the first game of the series 8-4 on Friday. The Bulldogs took Saturday’s match by a count of 6-3, thanks in part to three Niner errors and two Ian Graham homers.
Charlotte has five more games to go on this homestand: tomorrow night vs. Winthrop at 6pm, followed by an A-10 battle against George Washington this weekend. N.C. State wraps up this stretch of home contests next Tuesday at 6pm in a game that has been declared a White-Out. Soak it up, because 9 of the next 10 after State are on the road.