A seven-run explosion in the second inning was enough for Charlotte take a lead and hold on for an opening-day home win over Delaware State, 13-7, at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium on Friday in non-conference action.
The 49ers won their sixth-straight home season-opening game, dropping the Hornets, a team that won 40 games last season, to an 0-1 start.
Three different 49ers had two or more RBI in their first hit of the season in aid of the win.
North Carolina 1, Seton Hall 0: Junior left-hander Kent Emanuel surrendered just four hits in Chapel Hill as he became the first Tar Heel in school history to throw a shutout in the season opener.
Virginia 14, East Carolina 4: Kenny Towns launched a pair of grand slams and drove in eight runs to lift the Cavaliers to a season-opening win in Greenville, N.C.
Wake Forest 3, Alcorn State 0: Austin Stadler went seven innings and struck out nine batters, and Nate Jones earned his first career save to help the Deacons open their season with a shutout in Monroe, La.
Clemson 2, William & Mary 0: Shane Kennedy’s two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning scored the only runs in the Tigers’ season-opening win in Clemson.
South Carolina 4, Liberty 3: LB Dantzler homered and drove in two runs, and the Gamecocks made coach Chad Holbrook’s debut a success with a win in Columbia.
Gardner-Webb 8, Dayton 3: The Runnin’ Bulldogs got two hits each from Scott Johnson, Benji Jackson, Henry Rundio, Brad Collins, Scott Coleman and Ryan Hodge to spark a strong showing at the plate and give Gardner-Webb a season-opening win in Boiling Springs.
Winthrop 2, Eastern Shore 1 (10): Clay Altman drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Eagles a season-opening win in Rock Hill.
Elon 11, Marist 3: Senior lefty Dylan Clark allowed just two runs on four hits over six innings, and eight of the nine Elon starters tallied at least one hit as the Phoenix won game two of the Elon Invitational in Elon.
Wofford 6, Georgetown 5 (10): A safety bunt by Eric Brenk in the tenth inning gave the Terriers a win in Spartanburg.
Ripken’s son, Ryan, to redshirt at South Carolina: The son of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken did not make the final roster for South Carolina and will redshirt this season.
Ryan Ripken is a 6-foot-5 first baseman who hit .377 and drove in 25 runs as a senior at Gilman High School in Baltimore last season.