It was another lost conference weekend for the Charlotte 49ers, as they were swept by the ECU Pirates to fall to 0-9 in Conference USA. Here’s the recap from the series action.
Game 1: ECU 5, Charlotte 3
The Niners would enter the top of the 9th with a 3-2 lead, but things would unravel in the top half of the frame. Charlotte’s bullpen, struggling for most of the season, allowed the first three batters to reach–then Ian Townsend singled to tie it, Bryce Harman was walked to push across the go-ahead run, and and Ben Fultz singled in front of the plate to make it 5-3. Ryan Williams picked up the win in relief after two scoreless innings.
Game 2: ECU 7, Charlotte 5
This one looked like it would be a runaway for the Niners as they opened up a 5-0 lead in the fourth, thanks in part to their freshmen (an RBI double by T.J. Nichting and a two-RBI double by Logan Sherer, along with an RBI single by upperclassmen Corbin Shive and a sac-fly RBI by Mikal Hill). But the Pirates struck back in the top of the 5th with five of their own (thanks in part to a Hill error), capped by a bases-clearing double by Bryce Harman and a RBI single by Luke Lowery following a Ian Townsend sac fly. Fultz put the Pirates up for good with an RBI single in the 7th, followed by runs in the 8th and 9th to close it out.
Game 3: ECU 5, Charlotte 2
Defense doomed the Niners early in game three as a pair of errors in the 1st helped the Pirates take a 3-0 lead. ECU would go on to take a 5-0 lead in the 3rd on back-to-back doubles by Ben Fultz and Eric Tyler. From there, it was David Lucroy shutting Charlotte down as he went seven strong, allowing just a hit and a walk.