PAD Live Game Blog: Charlotte 49ers vs. ECU Pirates


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Welcome to our Charlotte 49ers vs. ECU Pirates live blog, where we’ll keep you up to date with all the action from Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium for those of you who couldn’t make it. Feel free to join in the conversation–just scroll down to the comments section and chime in with your thoughts–it’s even mobile-optimized if you’re out and about. We’ll also be active on Twitter–check us out on @pickaxedigest and tweet away.

We previewed the game earlie, so if you missed it, head over there by clicking here.

The Niners have been well aboard the struggle bus for a few weeks, so they hope to shake it off with a couple of wins this weekend. Jump aboard and follow the action along with us.

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    Lineups for tonight:
    ECU–Brown, Reynolds, Houchins, Townsend, Harman, Fultz, Tyler, Yorgen, Allen
    Charlotte–Gallello, Nichting, Roberts, Sherer, Hill, Lang, Elwood, Jarrett, Eason

    Defensive alignments:
    ECU–Harman, Yorgan, Allen, Houchins 1st-3rd in the infield, Brown, Fultz, Townsend lf-rf, Tyler catching Jeff Hoffman (0-3, 4.06)
    Charlotte–Jarrett, Nichting, Hill, Gallello 1st-3rd, Elwood, Eason, Roberts lf-rf, Brett Lang behind the plate catching Corey Roberts (0-2, 4.12)

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    Some interesting weather news for Tuesday. Niners scheduled to play @ Winthrop that day:
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/03/21/4783363/forecasters-carolinas-snow-possible.html

    Short version: possibility of snow that day. Had enough yet?

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    Anthem has been played and we’re ready to go at The Hayes. Roberts getting the call for the Niners today. OK, not great, turnout here

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    Dylan Brown steps up to the plate. First pitch by Corey Roberts: a strike. Underway at The Hayes at 6:00 on the dot.

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    Roberts just snagged a sharp comebacker from Brown. Great reflexes. 1 down for Reynolds

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    Reynolds works a walk. One of those pitches looked like a strike that went over the plate, but it wasn’t to be. That brings up Houchins, who’s batting a team-leading .350 on the year

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    Absent from the game…Uh-Huh Guy

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    Roberts ahead in the count but he loses Townsend. Two on, two out for Harman

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    Harman is walked. Bases loaded, two out for Fultz.

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    Fultz ground to 3rd, and Gallello beats Townsend to the bag for the force. Niners get out of it–they’re coming up with Gallello, Nichting, Roberts leading off

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    While we watch the 1st play out, what’s been the Niners’ biggest struggle this year?

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    Nichting with a shot over the middle–he’s on w/ 1 out and Roberts coming up. WP by Hoffman moves him over

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    Tyler opens the 2nd with a grounder to 3rd. One down for Yorgen

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    Easy bouncer by Yorgen to Jarrett at 1st–2 outs.

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    …and a grounder to Nichting by Allen gives Roberts a 1-2-3 inning. Much easier than inning 1. Scoreless after 1.5

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    That one looked inside to Hill but he’s rung up. One down for Lang, who lines one to center for the 2nd out

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    Hoffman responds with a 1-2-3 inning of his own–we are scoreless after 2.

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    Brown leads off with a groundout. Roberts has really settled in. Reynolds now and he grounds to Hill at short. Two down

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    Houchins drops one into right field–ECU’s first hit. Townsend steps up with 1 on and 2 out

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    Townsend rips one to right center but Eason is there to make the snag. Still scoreless after 2.5.

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    Jarrett’s aboard with a leadoff single. Good to see him get it going again. Eason now with Jarrett on 1st

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    Eason bunts Jarrett to 2nd. Gallello follows with a bouncer up the middle and Jarrett moves over again on the putout. Here’s Nichting w/ 2 out

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    Nichting rips one to right for a hit–he’s 2-2. Jarrett scores and it’s 1-0 Niners.

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    Roberts grounds to 2nd–but the Niners score the run on a Nichting single. 1-0 through 3. Nichting has a chance to be a really good player for the Charlotte program

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    Corey Roberts sets them down in order in the 4th. Sherer, Hill, Lang to lead off the bottom half for Niners

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    And Hoffman with a 1-2-3 frame of his own. On to the 5th–Yorgen-Allen-Brown to lead inning for ECU

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    Brown w/ 2 down with a bunt single that was awful close. Reynolds at the plate now

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    Reynolds shoots one to center, Eason dives but can’t snag it. Corners for Houchins w/ 2 down

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    Houchins grounds to 3rd, long throw and Jarrett is able to scoop it out. ECU held off the scoreboard–halfway home and it’s 1-0 Charlotte

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    W/ 2 out, Hoffman loses Eason. Here’s Gallello with Eason at 1st–passed ball moves Eason over.

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    Gallello grounds up the middle for the final out. Through 5–Charlotte 1-3-0, ECU 0-3-0.

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    Townsend leads off the 6th with a strikeout looking. One down for Harman now with 1 out

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    Harman draws a one-out walk…brings up Fultz

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    Just a walk is all Corey Roberts allows. Still 1-0 Niners after 5.5. Nichting-Roberts-Sherer to lead off for Charlotte

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    Nichting is retired for the first time today on a groundout to 3rd. One down for Roberts

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    Nice shot by Roberts to right, but it didn’t carry enough. Easy play by Townsend. 2 down for Sherer

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    That’s a 1-2-3 inning for Hoffman. He’s done quite well for himself, but he and ECU still trail 1-0.

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    Yorgen leads off by bunting one in front of the plate. He’s thrown out–1 down for Allen.

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    Nichting gets eaten up by a tricky grounder up the middle. Just grabbed it, then dropped it as he was trying to set himself. Score it a hit, and that brings up Brown (1-3) w/ 1 out

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    Trouble for the Niners–Brown laces one in the gap in left center. He’s able to chug his way to 2nd, so 2nd and 3rd, 1 out for Drew Reynolds (1-2)

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    That’s it for Corey Roberts as Coach Hall makes the call to the pen for Jason Harris. Roberts’ line right now: 6.1, 0 R, 5 H, 2 K, 4 BB. 100 pitches.

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    It would be a huge confidence boost for this bullpen if they’re able to get out unscathed.

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    1-1–ECU ties it on a groundout to 3rd. Here’s Houchins w/ 2 out and a man on 3rd

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    Houtchins pop up to Jarrett ends the inning. Time to stretch–1-1 midway through the 7th.

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    Hill is plunked to open the 7th. Here’s Brett Lang with 1 on and no one out

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    Hill gets gunned down trying to steal 2nd. Lang works it full and walks. Here’s Elwood (0-2) with 1 on, 1 out

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    Passed ball–Lang moves to 2nd. RISP situation now for Elwood.

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    Elwood finds the hole between 2nd and 3rd. Corners now w/ one out for Zach Jarrett.

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    Jarrett swings and misses. Here’s Eason now w/ 2 out and runners on 1st and 3rd

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    2-1 Niners: Eason finds the hole between 1st and 2nd on a full count. Lang scores. Still one down, 1st and 3rd–and 3-1 Niners as Gallello finds the same spot and Elwood scores. 1st, 2nd for Nichting and he flies out to end the frame.

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    ECU trying to get it back as Townsend leads off with a single to right center. Here’s Harman.

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    Harman is rung up looking as he had thought he had drawn a walk earlier in the AB. Fultz now with 1 on and 1 out.

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    Trouble brewing. Bases loaded for ECU w/ 1 out. Yorgen (0-3) is up. Meeting on the mound but Harris is staying in

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    Check that–ECU put in the pitch runner and now Coach Hall makes the signal. Traugh in to try to keep the Pirates off the board.

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    3-2–Score it a FC…play made at 2nd but relay is too high. Townsend comes in from 3rd. Allen flies out on the infield, but Pirates cut it to one as we head to bottom 8th.

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    New pitcher for ECU: Ryan Williams–0.96 ERA, 6-1, 37.2 IP. This kid is a true stopper.

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    Roberts flies out, Sherer strikes out. Up steps Hill and he walks. One on for Lang (0-2)

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    Miscue in the infield–FC, E6 extends the inning. 1st, 3rd for Elwood (1-3).

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    Elwood can’t push across an insurance run. Through 8–3-2 Niners. Traugh stays in to try to nail it down.

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    Top of the order: Brown, Reynolds, Houchins as the Pirates down to their final 3 outs. And Brown is aboard with a single.

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    Reynolds walks. Two on, no out for Houchins. May in as Traugh can’t record an out in the 9th.

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    Infield bunt single. They’re loaded with no one out. Here’s Townsend.

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    3-3–Townsend singles through the infield. Harman now with no one out and bases still loaded.

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    Hudson walks Harman on four pitches. Reynolds scores. 4-3, ECU takes the lead.

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    Chopper in front of the plate–no play can be made. 5-3 Pirates as Houchins scores. That’s it for Hudson as he struggled mightly. Sherer takes over.

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    FINALLY the first out of the inning as Lowery is down swinging.

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    I don’t know what just happened, but the inning’s over, Townsend had to be restrained, and the Niners are down 2 going into the bottom 9th.

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    Sherer grabbed comebacker (out 2), threw to 1st for out 3 (but it was dropped, so the runner was called safe), Townsend tried to score as the defense was running off the field not realizing that call had been reversed but he was tagged out. Goes down in the books as a routine 1-3-2 double play.

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    Leadoff single by Dunnegan brings up Eason. Rally time?

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    Eason called out on strikes. Not sure about that one. Gallello w/ 1 out and a man on 1st.

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    Gallello grounds out 2nd to 1st. Nichting the final hope.

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    Down goes Nichting and it’s over. Ballgame from The Hayes. 5-3 ECU wins with three in the 9th.