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Big inning gives Charlotte 49ers 10-5 win over Georgia Bulldogs

Charlotte 49ers batter Drew Ober follows through on his hit for a single during nonconference college baseball action vs the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte, NC.
Charlotte 49ers batter Drew Ober follows through on his hit for a single during nonconference college baseball action vs the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte, NC. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte’s baseball team picked the right time to come up with a big game, and a big inning.

Down two runs, the 49ers connected for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning en route to a 10-5 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night at BB&T BallPark, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Zach Jarrett’s two-run double put Charlotte (6-6) ahead, and the 49ers’ highest-scoring inning in nearly a year was capped by Logan Sherer’s three-run home run to right field.

Charlotte went on to get eight of its 18 hits – also a season high, and the eighth time in 12 games the 49ers have had double-digit hits – in the inning, off four different Bulldogs pitchers.

The eight runs in an inning was the most by a Charlotte team since scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning in a 17-5 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on March 17, 2015. The 49ers also had 18 hits in that game.

Sherer, an East Mecklenburg grad, finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs for Charlotte. T.J. Nichting and Drew Ober, a Hough High grad, had three hits each, and Jarrett and Derek Fritz had two hits each for the 49ers.

Reliever Philip Perry earned his first win since his transfer to Charlotte from East Carolina last year. The second of four pitchers, Perry gave up one run off two hits and 1 1/3 innings, with one strikeout.

In all, the 49ers held Georgia (8-5) to six hits, and stranded eight Bulldogs runners on base.

However, four of those hits came off Charlotte starter Matt Horkey, including a leadoff triple by Stephen Wrenn in the top of the fourth that led to a run, and a three-run pinch-hit home run by Michael Curry in the top of the sixth that put Georgia ahead 4-2.

Worth mentioning: Charlotte freshman Reece Hampton, a Charlotte Christian grad, singled in the bottom of the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. … The 49ers’ win over the Bulldogs was their first against a Southeastern Conference team since they beat Arkansas 3-2 on June 3, 2011. … Georgia’s players and coaches spent the morning touring Hendrick Motorsports, even engaging in a pit-stop competition between the players.

What's Next: The 49ers host the Bulldogs at Hayes Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is 3 p.m.

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