It’s back to Atlantic 10 play for the Charlotte 49ers after taking two out of three from UNC Asheville last weekend and falling to Winthrop on Tuesday. The Diamond Niners will host the George Washington Colonials this time around as they look to make their move in the standings.
Coach Loren Hibbs wasn’t at all happy with his team’s effort in Tuesday’s loss, saying that his team “quit playing after the 2nd inning”. He also pointed out that the practices have gone well–it’s just a matter of taking what’s learned on the practice field and applying it to game action. We’ll see if things can pick up for the guys as GW comes calling.
Keep an eye on…
GW starter Max Kaplow. Despite a 2-4 record and an ERA of 3.22, he’s done well in league play, going 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA.
Charlotte will win if…
They can shut down the Colonials’ bats. GW is batting only .238 in league contests, and .225 overall. They don’t have a ton of hitting, so if the Niners can exploit that, it should be easy pickings. They’ll also need to beef up their defense, with 49 errors coming in (GW has committed a league-high 62, so their defense hasn’t been all that great either).
Friday, 6pm: CHA–Tyler Barnette (3-1, 4.06) vs. GW–Luke Staub (2-4, 3.42)
Saturday, 2pm: CHA–John Hamilton (1-3, 3.27) vs. GW–Aaron Weisberg (3-3, 2.91)
Sunday, 1pm: CHA–Brock Hudgens (2-0, 3.97) vs. GW–Max Kaplow (2-4, 3.22)
Another great weekend. Rain came through the Charlotte area early but it should clear out in time for the night’s action. Saturday and Sunday look fantastic, with temps in the mid-70′s under mostly sunny skies.