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Charlotte 49ers fit to be tied in series finale against Creighton


The Charlotte 49ers and Creighton Bluejays played to a rare tie in Sunday’s series finale, as they were forced to close up shop after 10 innings and shortly after 3:50pm due to Creighton’s travel plans.

It was a small consolation for a Niner team that dropped the first two of a three-game set before today’s tie and had lost their last five coming in–but after touching up Creighton’s starter, Jeff Albrecht, they couldn’t break through the Bluejays’ struggling bullpen. Here’s the recap of the weekend.

Friday: Creighton 7, Charlotte 6 (10)
A 6-0 Charlotte lead disappeared as the Niner bullpen couldn’t get it done late. Ryan Butler walked in a pair of runs in the 6th, then three more scored in the 7th as Ryan Mas and Brett Bond gave up three hits. Mike Gerber’s RBI single knotted it up in the 9th while Nicky Lopez’ sac fly RBI in the 10th gave the Bluejays the lead for good.

Saturday: Creighton 3, Charlotte 1
This one was a pitcher’s duel early as Creighton notched a pair of runs in the top of the 5th behind a pair of Niner errors to take a 2-1 lead. They would add an insurance run in the top of the 9th on a Brad McKewon homer. Matt Warren would get the win, but would leave after six due to an injury suffered during warmups.

Sunday: Charlotte 5, Creighton 5
Charlotte would hold a 5-1 lead in this one but couldn’t hold on in the end thanks to some lackluster defense by the infield. The Bluejays would make it 5-2 in the 4th before tacking on three in the 6th as a dropped ball by Matt Creech made a short inning longer than it should have been. Bluejays relief held the Niners to just five hits after the 2nd inning to keep the home team at bay.

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