The offensive woes for the Charlotte 49ers softball team continued as they were swept in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader on Saturday. The Flyers took game one 3-0 before an 11-3 win in six innings in the nightcap.
In game one, the Niners only managed a pair of hits: a sixth inning single by Chelsea Ingersoll and a seventh inning double by Kalie Lang; Alex Rogers was walked twice. Those were the only baserunners allowed by Kayla English (8-7), as she went the distance while striking out 11. Katie Watkins (8-11) put together a strong outing (3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) but took the loss in the circle for Charlotte. Dayton’s first run came in the 4th as Natalie Mariano scored on a Chelsea Stamey error, and they tacked on two more in the 6th on a pair of RBI doubles by Mariano and Kasi Vasquez.
Game two saw the home team score four in the 2nd and 3rd innings and finish it off with one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Charlotte did put up eight hits in this one, but the deficit was too much to overcome as they couldn’t quite capitalize. Emily Froment (4-1) pitched four innings and got the win; Chelsea Lisikatos (5-6) took the loss.
In this eight game losing streak, the Niners have scored more than three runs only once (a 9-7 loss to Temple in game one of the team’s doubleheader on March 27). Aside from that game, they have scored a combined 13 runs–and have been shut out twice. Hopefully returning home will do them well as the next five outings are at Philips Softball Diamond: a Wednesday doubleheader against Furman, a Friday/Saturday A-10 weekend set versus Rhode Island, a Sunday league twinbill against UMass and a non-league midweek double dip against Radford next Wednesday.