The Charlotte 49ers took both games of a Conference USA doubleheader against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, taking the opener 5-0, followed by a 9-5 win in game two. The Niners improve to 9-12 overall, 3-8 in C-USA, and the Bulldogs fell to 10-12, 1-6.
The game was televised nationally on the American Sports Network.
“What a really good day not only for our baseball program but for UNC Charlotte and our athletic department,” coach Loren Hibbs said. “We had a good crowd, we played extremely well in the national TV game and didn’t have a letdown in game two.”
In game one, Charlotte got on the board in the first as Eric Eason started with a leadoff walk and came around on Zach Jarrett’s two-run blast to left. Jarrett, who belted his third homer of the year and second in as many games, delivered the first pitch over the wall in left-center to put the Niners up 2-0. Those two runs would be plenty for starter Sean Geoghegan and reliever Brandon Vogler.
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Game two went back-and-forth until the Niners opened it up with a five-run third inning.
Davidson 10, Saint Louis 9: Davidson tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and hit a walk-off single in the 11th to beat Saint Louis 10-9 in 11 innings. The Billikens took a 9-0 lead to the eighth inning, but Davidson rallied for eight runs on six hits.
Wake Forest 7, Clemson 3: The visiting Deacons (19-10, 6-5 ACC) scored four runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning to beat Clemson (12-13, 4-7).
Tyler Slaton hit the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning over the fence in right field for a home run, but Wake Forest capitalized on a costly one-out error in the third inning to score four runs. Nate Mondou’s two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning gave Wake Forest a 6-1 lead. Steven Duggar belted a solo homer for the Tigers, but it was not enough.
Starter Will Craig (1-1), who went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs at the plate, earned the win.
Georgia 6, South Carolina 5: Mike Bell’s RBI single in the top of the 11th lifted Georgia (17-10, 4-3 SEC) past No. 7 host South Carolina ( 18-8, 4-3) in a resumption of Friday night’s game.
Georgia opened the top of the 11th with a leadoff single off the bat of Keegan McGovern. Trevor Kieboom then sacrificed pinch runner DJ Smith over to second and Bell brought him home with a RBI single up the middle.
Coastal Carolina 6, Winthrop 0: Nine Chanticleer (20-6, 5-0 Big South) batters combined for 15 hits, and Austin Kerr and Bobby Holmes combined for the host Chants’ third shutout of the season in a victory against Winthrop (17-10, 1-4).
Coastal Carolina has won 11 straight.
Anthony Marks paced the Chanticleer offensive attack with three infield singles, while Michael Paez, Connor Owings, Zach Remillard and Tyler Chadwick each contributed two hits.
UNC Asheville, Gardner Webb: Gardner-Webb (16-11, 5-3) couldn’t beat UNC Asheville (13-14, 2-6) for a second time in as many days, as the Bulldogs broke a 3-3 eighth-inning tie on the way to a 6-3 victory.
Arkansas-Litte Rock 4, Appalachian State 3: Arkansas-Little Rock (9-13, 6-4) recorded its fourth walk-off win of the season with a safety squeeze in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat visiting Appalachian State.