Pick Axe Digest contributor Kevin Harward takes a look at the Charlotte 49ers baseball team’s weekend Atlantic 10 series at Xavier.
The A-10 Farewell Tour continues as The Diamond Niners are in Cincinnati this weekend for a big weekend series at Xavier. Xavier plays on campus at Hayden Field.
Xavier (20-5, 7-2) who is currently second in the A-10, enters the contest one game ahead of Charlotte(22-15, 6-3) in the standings.
The 49ers own an 11-7 mark overall in the all-time series against Xavier, but the 49ers dropped two of three last season in a trip to Hayden Field, salvaging the one win in the series in the finale, taking a 6-5 result on getaway day on April 1. The 49ers have lost two out of three at Xavier in the two previous trips to Hayden Field after sweeping the first-ever series against the Musketeers back in 2007 as Charlotte set a league record with 24 conference wins en route to setting the school record for wins that season, with 49.
One interesting note, senior third baseman Shane Basen has hit three of his five career home runs at Hayden Field.
When Xavier and Charlotte take the field for a three-game series this weekend, the two teams will be pitting strengths against one another. Charlotte holds the best team ERA in the A-10 at 3.23, but Xavier ranks in the top three of nearly every offensive category. XU tops the A-10 in batting average (.314), slugging (.414) and hits (395).
In just eight games at Xavier’s home ball park, Hayden Field, the Musketeers are hitting the laces off of the ball. As a team, XU is batting .384 with a slugging percentage of .537 and OBP of .453. Xavier is averaging 9.9 rpg at Hayden, while hitting six home runs, 23 doubles and three triples.
Fri.: Jr. RH Tyler Barnette (3-1, 4.01, 42 K, 18 BB) vs. So. LH Jon Richard (5-2, 2.95, 48 K, 13 BB)
Sat.: Sr. LH John Hamilton (2-3, 3.46, 35 K, 13 BB) vs. So. LH Alex Wastrick (3-3, 2.38, 27 K, 19 BB)
Sun: Jr. RH Brock Hudgens (3-0, 3.27, 42 K, 18 BB) vs. RSr. RH Tyler Koors (4-3, 4.42, 31 K, 11 BB)
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