College Sports

Hazing investigation costs Charlotte 49ers a baseball series with Georgia

Host Georgia has dropped Charlotte from a season-opening college baseball series as an investigation into hazing in the 49ers’ program continues.

The Bulldogs asked for assurances that Charlotte, which has suspended baseball operations until the investigation is complete, would be able to play in the three-game series Feb. 13-15, according to UNC Charlotte spokesperson Buffie Stephens.

When Charlotte could not guarantee it would be able to play, Georgia replaced the 49ers on its schedule with Eastern Illinois. The Bulldogs are planning a celebration that weekend for their newly renovated baseball stadium.

A Georgia spokesman said the series will not be rescheduled this season, although Georgia is contracted to play at Charlotte in 2016 and hopes to host the 49ers in 2017.

Stephens said no other games or series have been called off to this point.

UNCC chancellor Phil Dubois said on Nov. 21 that baseball operations had been halted and several players suspended after a hazing incident. Stephens said the investigation is ongoing and there is no timetable for its completion.