A full day of action yesterday saw the Charlotte 49ers golf finish up play at the NCAA Columbus regional, while the baseball team failed to clinch the Atlantic 10’s top seed after a loss to Saint Louis on the regular season’s final day.
Golf finishes +37 (T-9)
After holding the lead after the first day of action in Columbus, the Niners fell victim to the Scarlet course at the Ohio State University Golf Club, finishing in a tie for 9th place with a +37. Top finisher for the Niners was Thomas Rowland (+6–tie for 15th); Raoul Menard was a stroke back at +7 (T-18th). Franco Castro (+12), Brayden Cryderman (+14) and Joe Toland (+17) rounded out the Charlotte fivesome.
New Mexico (+18) won the event; Auburn (+20), South Carolina (+20), UNLV (+26) and Texas Tech (+27) wrapped up the top five and will be headed to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta. The top individual finisher outside of those five teams, Virginia’s Denny McCarthy (+1), also heads to Atlanta; New Mexico’s James Erkenbeck (-3) was the top overall finisher.
Baseball: Saint Louis 2, Charlotte 1
Needing a win over the Billikens to clinch the A-10’s top seed outright, the Niners couldn’t capitalize, leaving nine men on base in a 2-1 loss on Saturday. All the runs were scored in the 5th–Brad Elwood’s RBI single put the Green and White ahead, but SLU struck back in the bottom frame on a Braxton Martinez sac fly and an error by Shane Basen to round out the day’s scoring.
Brock Hudgens (7.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K) had another fine performance on the mound. But he was upstaged by Nick Bates (6.1 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K) on this day as the Niners couldn’t push anything through apart from their single run in the 5th. The Billiken bullpen took over from there, pitching 2.2 innings of perfect relief to go along with three strikeouts.
Charlotte will take on Richmond on Wednesday in the first round of the A-10 tournament at The Hayes at 1:30pm. We’ll be previewing all the action later this week on the Digest.