After a sweep of Butler this past weekend, the Charlotte 49ers find themselves tied for first in a wide-open Atlantic 10. Contributor Kevin Harward looks back at another successful conference weekend and sets the table for a weekend set against Dayton at home.
The Diamond Niners went 3-0 on the week with a sweep of Butler. The mid-week game at Coastal Carolina was cancelled due to weather. With the sweep of the Bulldogs, the Niners have worked their way up into a 3 way tie for 1st in the A-10. The Niners are now 29-19 overall and 13-5 in the Atlantic 10. They are 9-2 in weekend series this season so far and 5-1 in A-10 series.
Friday 5-4-13: Charlotte 6, Butler 1
Saturday 5-5-13: Charlotte 4, Butler 2
Sunday 5-6-13: Charlotte 5, Butler 0
Co-Player of the Week: This week’s Diamond Niner Fan voting ended in awarding Co-Player of the Week honors to Shane Basen and JJ Elseser.
JJ Elseser–Senior outfielder JJ Elseser has been named this week’s Diamond Niner Fans Co-Player of the Week. Elseser led the Niners in RBI’s this weekend with 3, and tied for the team lead in hits this weekend with 3.
Shane Basen–Senior third baseman turned shortstop Shane Basen has been named this week’s Diamond Niner Fans Co-Player of the Week. Basen batted .500 on the week and led the Niners with 3 stolen bases. He also tied for the team lead this week with 5 hits. With Justin Roland out, Shane Basen made the transition from 3B to SS, and looked pretty solid over there this weekend.
Co-Pitcher of the Week: Brock Hudgens probably deserves this Week’s Diamond Niner Fans Pitcher of the Week honors, but the group decided that we should honor the three starters from this weekend, who were stellar.
Brock Hudgens–Junior RHP Brock Hudgens continued his winning ways on Saturday in Game 2 by pitching a complete game, 1 hit shutout to nail down the sweep for the Niners. Over 9 innings pitched he struck out 7 and walked 6. The only Butler hit came in the 2nd inning and Hudgens was lights out the rest of the day. He is now 6-0 and continues to lead the Niners in ERA (2.69), and strikeouts (64).
John Hamilton–Senior LHP John Hamilton pitched a solid 8 innings in a huge Saturday series winning victory over Butler. The lefty spread out 1 ER on 4 hits and struck out 5 Bulldogs. Hamilton pitched into the 9th inning as he picked up his fourth W of the year.
Tyler Barnette–Junior RHP Tyler Barnette set the tone for the weekend series with a strong 7 innings of work on Friday night. Barnette only allowed 1 ER, spreading out 7 hits over the 7 innings and striking out 5. He picked up his 4th win on the season and his first in the A-10 on the year.
-The Niners batted .341 on the week as a team.
-Brad Elwood also batted .500 for the weekend including a double, 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.
-Sophomore Derek Gallello had a solid weekend stepping in at 3B, batting .444 scoring 3 runs and driving in 2.
-Grant Dunnegan was a perfect 2 for 2 this weekend with a double, an RBI and 1 barreled over.
-Justin Seager and Tony Montalbano both hit over .300 this weekend, both driving in 2 runs apiece.
-The Niners bullpen got some rest this weekend as they only pitched 3 innings. Jordan Hudson, Jason Harris, and Wes Hatley did not allow a run out of the pen this weekend. Harris picked up a save in Saturday’s game.
The Week Ahead:
The Niners will host Dayton at the Hayes this weekend as they sit tied atop the A-10 standings with Saint Louis and LaSalle. Dayton has had a down year this year as they sit at the bottom of the A-10 standings. If the Niners take care of business this weekend, a tournament spot could be clinched.
Friday May 10- Dayton 6:00
Saturday May 11 – Dayton 2:00
Sunday May 12 – Dayton 1:00