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Charlotte 49ers pound 3 homers to stop Winthrop’s 5-game baseball winning streak

Derek Gallello slides home safely before Winthrop catcher Roger Gonzalez, left, can apply a tag and prevent a run during Charlotte’s 7-1 victory Tuesday at BB&T BallPark.
Derek Gallello slides home safely before Winthrop catcher Roger Gonzalez, left, can apply a tag and prevent a run during Charlotte’s 7-1 victory Tuesday at BB&T BallPark. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Philip Perry made the most of his first start for Charlotte’s baseball team.

The Concord native shut down Winthrop over the first four innings, and the 49ers backed him up offensively en route to a 7-1 victory Tuesday night at BB&T BallPark.

Perry, a J.M. Robinson grad who transferred from East Carolina, retired 11 straight Eagles batters to open the game as the 49ers built a 3-0 lead.

Perry wound up giving up one run off two hits in 4 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts, to help end Winthrop’s five-game winning streak.

“It actually caught me off guard” in getting the start, his first in 13 appearances this season, Perry said. “I really wasn’t expecting it, but when I got the message, I was like, ‘All right, let’s do it.’ 

While Perry didn’t get the win – that went to Nate Traugh – he still set the tone for Charlotte (13-16), which followed up with three home runs – two by Logan Sherer – in snapping a four-game losing streak.

“He’s thrown good in relief for us at times this year, so we made the decision to go ahead and start him tonight,” 49ers coach Loren Hibbs said. “He did a really good job.”

Charlotte’s pitchers – Perry, Traugh and closer Austin Wynn – combined to hold the Eagles (16-13) to seven hits, with just three walks and nine strikeouts.

Traugh, who got his first win of the season, had a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings, and Wynn gave up five hits in three innings, with four strikeouts.

Starter Riley Arnone took the loss for Winthrop, allowing two runs on five hits in three innings, with four strikeouts. He is 2-2 on the season.

Sherer finished with three hits and three RBIs for the 49ers, including two homers – a solo shot in the sixth inning and another in the eighth.

Drew Ober also homered for Charlotte, a two-run blast during the sixth, with Sherer following with his first home run.

Worth mentioning: The 49ers turned two double plays, the 11th time this season they’ve had two or more in a game. … Obser’s and Sherer’s back-to-back home runs were the first by Charlotte since April 23, 2010. … The three home runs in a game were the first time the 49ers had done that since April 19, 2008. … Mark Lowrie had three hits for Winthrop, with Anthony Paulsen getting two. … Derek Fritz also had three hits for Charlotte, with Ober adding two hits and two RBIs and Luke Gibbs two hits.

What’s next: The 49ers will travel to Raleigh on Wednesday night for a rematch against N.C. State, then they will go to Boca Raton, Fla., for a three-game Conference USA series against 18th-ranked Florida Atlantic beginning Friday. The Eagles also will go on the road, playing a three-game Big South series at Presbyterian beginning Friday.

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