Another Atlantic 10 series win, this time at Temple, capped Week 11 for the Charlotte 49ers baseball team. Pick Axe Digest contributor Kevin Harward gives us a recap of the week as well as some news and notes about the team heading into a critical home weekend series against Butler.
The Diamond Niners went 2-3 on the week with mid-week losses to Presbyterian and at UNC-Chapel Hill. The week was a success due to taking 2 of 3 at Temple over the weekend. The Niners are now 26-19 overall and 10-5 in the Atlantic 10. They are 8-2 in weekend series this season so far and 4-1 in A-10 series.
As the mid-week struggles continue, the Niners continue to get it done on the weekends when it counts the most. Charlotte has won all three A-10 road series this season, with only a trip to current A-10 Saint Louis remaining. The Niners currently sit two games out of 1st place in the A-10, tied for the #3 seed with Butler, URI, and Xavier.
Tuesday 4-23-13: Charlotte 3, Presbyterian 8
Wednesday 4-24-13: Charlotte 2, UNC-Chapel Hill 10
Friday 4-26-13: Charlotte 3, Temple 8
Saturday 4-27-13: Charlotte 9, Temple 3
Sunday 4-28-13: Charlotte 10, Temple 2
Player of the Week
Tony Montalbano–The lefty led the Niners in hits this week with 7, batting .350 on the week with a double, an RBI, and 4 runs scored. Montalbano also stole 2 bases on the week. Tony was 4-5 in Saturday’s win over Temple driving in 1 and scoring twice.
Pitcher of the Week
John Hamilton–The senior left hander pitched a solid eight innings in a huge Saturday game at Temple this weekend, spreading out two earned runs on six hits. The lefty struck out six Owls and did not walk a batter over the eight innings. The Niners provided plenty of run support for Hamilton as he picked up his third W of the year.
-Shane Basen led the team with 4 RBIs on the week. He is currently tied with Brett Lang for the team lead with 38 runs batted in.
-Justin Seager added 2 doubles on the week to bump his team leading total to 18. He is also tied for the A-10 lead in the category.
-SS Justin Roland and Brad Elwood both hit over .300 on the week.
-JJ Elseser hit .400 on the week with 4 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs.
-Freshman Nick Daddio had a big game on Sunday for the Niners driving in 3 runs in a 3-4 day at the plate in the series clinching win over Temple.
-Brock Hudgens had another quality start in the Sunday series clinching victory over Temple. Hudgens allowed only two ER on seven hits spread out over 5.1 innings. The righty struck out five and only allowed one walk to pick up his 5th victory on the season. Hudgens now leads the 49ers in ERA (3.13), strikeouts (57), and opposing batting average (.244).
-Junior RHP Corey Roberts pitched in two games during the week for the Niners, with his best performance coming on Friday. Roberts did not allow a run this week in 6.1 innings of work, allowing only four hits and one walk. He also struck out five.
-Freshman LHP Sean Geoghegan pitched two innings of relief against the top ranked UNC-CH team and did not allow a hit or a run, striking out three.
The Week Ahead
The Niners will host Butler and Dayton at the Hayes over the next two weekends as they sit two games back of the league leading Billikens. The two home weekends will be critical if the Niners want to stay in the mix for the #1 seed in the upcoming A-10 Tournament.
Butler is currently tied with Charlotte for 3rd place and Dayton is struggling this season, finding themselves at the bottom of the A-10.
Tuesday April 30–at Coastal Carolina 4:00 CANCELLED
Friday May 3–Butler 6:00
Saturday May 4–Butler 2:00
Sunday May 5–Butler 1:00