January 28, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte 49ers fans show their spirit as their team plays against the Xavier Musketeers at Halton Arena at UNCC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers: Battle for the Carolinas

On Wednesday, the Charlotte 49ers were battling to conquer the Carolinas. The softball team had a doubleheader at South Carolina while the baseball team had a game at North Carolina. Unfortunately, both were unsuccessful in their aggressive takeover attempt.

The ladies went down to Columbia, falling 10-2 and 5-0.  The sSoftball team is now 20-24, while the Lady Cocks are 27-20.

In Game 1, the 49ers started in a 3-0 hole.  In the 4th inning, Chelsea Ingersoll got a single and Samantha Slade was walked.  They got sent home by Jessica Plemmons to cut the deficit to 3-2.  Alas, that was as close as the 49ers would get.

The 6th inning was a disaster as the Lady Cocks got seven runs to bury the 49ers by the final score of 10-2.  Katie Watkins gave up eight of those runs, and her record fell to 12-14.  Julie Sarratt of USC is 9-5.

In Game 2, the Niners got three hits, but no score in a 5-0 loss. Chelsea Lisikatos fell to 6-9, while Aubrey Broyles of USC is 8-8.

April 26-27, Charlotte is hosting St. Louis in their final home stand.  April 27 is Senior Night. The Niners are currently 9th, so it would take some work to qualify for the six-team A-10 tournament.

The remaining schedule is April 28 vs. Butler (DH) April 30 vs. Winthrop (DH) and May 4-at La Salle (DH).  Local team Winthrop is the only non-conference game left.

–The same day softball lost twice in Columbia at one Carolina, baseball lost in Chapel Hill vs. the other Carolina.   The Heels pulled out a 10-2 win to become the 1st team in the country to 40 wins.  They are now 40-3, and happen to be ranked #1.  The 49ers are 24-18.

We thought we could sneak up on the nation’s #1 team as they face Tobacco Road/In-State/ACC rival, NC State this weekend.  Unfortunately, UNC Wilmington, who’s having a special year, beat the Tar Heels the day before Charlotte played them, 9-8, making them very angry, and looking for revenge.

Justin Seager got a leadoff hit in the 2nd inning.  Two groundouts got him to 3rd base.  A RBI single from JJ Elseser got Seager home to tie it at 1-1.  Unfortunately in the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Tar Heels loaded the bases, and got two unearned runs home to make it 3-1.

Charlotte gave up a three-run homer in the 5th inning.  In the 6th, they allowed four runs, two of them unearned.  Whoa, those unearned runs are killing the Niners this year.  At this point, we’re looking at a 10-1 deficit.

In the 8th inning, Nick Daddio reached base after being hit by a pitch.  Daddio was later scored by Michael Green on a RBI double.  The score of 10-2 ended up being the final.

Starter Wes Hatley is now 1-1.  For Chapel Hill, Reilly Hovis is 1-0.  Up next for Charlotte: a trip to Temple this weekend for a conference match-up where they battle for an invitation to the A-10 tournament at home.

The Niners are currently tied for 4th in the A-10, with six teams getting a tourney bid.  However, there are three teams behind them by one game in 6th place.  They cannot afford any let downs once they return to conference play.

Interestingly, the 49ers have given up 63 unearned runs on the year.  That is nearly 1/3 of their 200 runs given up total.  Also, the 49ers are 2-10 in games that start after 6 p.m.  They are far from road warriors, as they are 5-9 away from home.

–Women’s basketball coach Cara Consuegra will be taking it easy for the next week.  She is seeking to recharge now that spring practice is complete.

Coach Consuegra is reporting on Twitter that she did some recruiting last weekend.  She also mentions the team is getting better and healthy.  Coach is looking forward to next year.

–Fox hoops analyst Evan Daniels is reporting on Twitter that today is the last day that coaches can meet in a recruits home until September.  This could be a problem.  You see, the men’s basketball team has signed zero, nada, zilch recruits for next year.

Now, next year will be the 1st year that Shawn Lester of Mooresville plays, but it is actually his 2nd year of college as he sat out last year, so he is actually a 2012 recruit, not a 2013.  Charlotte has six available scholarships with no one to use them on.

After a 21-12 NIT season with promise after 23 wins combined in two years, we were thinking NCAA for next year.  But if they are short handed, they could end up with a 10 win campaign like two years ago (the last time they were short-handed).  If that happens, it will likely equal an end to the Alan Major era.

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the team has a shot at two recruits, both of whom will be transfers.  Former Myers Park High School graduate Ben Cherry of Tulane is seeking to play his graduate school year closer to home.  It is down to Charltte and Gardner Webb.  Also Bernard Sullivan of Clemson, who went to North Meck and Davidson Day for high school, may come, but he will have to sit out a year.  Hopefully, the Niners can seal the deal.


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