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February 15, 2013

Seven run second lifts 49ers

GAME 1 BOX SCORE

Charlotte, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers won their sixth consecutive home season opener with a 13-7 victory over the Delaware State Hornets in front of a sellout crowd at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium on Friday.

It was an offensive battle that featured seven errors between the two teams.

Junior RHP Tyler Barnette took the mound Friday afternoon as the starter for the 49ers while Ryan Haas started for the Hornets. Barnette struck out four, walked six, allowed four hits and two earned runs in 3.2 innings. Haas only lasted 1.1 innings before being sat for relief pitcher Bobby Brown. Haas gave up six earned runs on three hits.

After a scoreless first inning, the Hornets scored five runs in the top of the second thanks to two errors and a passed ball by the 49ers. Haas helped his own cause with a bases clearing double down the left field line to end the scoring for the inning.

Despite the deficit, the 49ers didn't waste any time as they answered with seven runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take a lead they would never relinquish.

It all started when the 49ers were able to load the bases with back to back walks by Justin Roland and Leland Clemmons. After Grant Dunnegan struck out, Patric Raley singled, Clemmons was chased home on a wild pitch and Shane Basen doubled in three. It didn't end there as Justin Seager singled in a run and Brett Lang doubled in two more.

Junior RHP Hunter May picked up the win for the 49ers. May struck out three and allowed one run on one hit in 3.1 innings. Coach Hibbs said he thought May was one of the biggest keys to the game. "I thought Hunter May was really good, I thought he really came in and played well for us."

The Hornets cut the lead to 7-6 in the top of the third. However, the 49ers extended the margin to 9-6 in the bottom of the fourth on Dunnegan's two out two RBI single.

After the Hornets picked up one more run in the top of the seventh to pull within 9-7, the 49ers blew the game open in the bottom of the inning.

Dunnegan sparked the inning as he led off with a triple to deep left, he scored seconds later on an error by the second basemen. Dunnegan finished the game with three hits and two RBI's. He attributed his success by becoming patient. "I was too aggressive," Dunnegan explained. "I sat on pitches I wanted to sit. The first couple of at-bats I was too jumpy. So I just sat back and attacked the pitch when I wanted it."

The 49ers scored three more runs in the seventh to provide the final margin of victory.

Jordan Hudson threw a scoreless and hitless eighth-inning for the 49ers.

Sean Pope closed the game for the 49ers as he allowed one hit and struck-out two.

NOTES

1. Matt Creech batted leadoff, which marked the first time in Hayes Stadium history that a freshman hit in the top spot.

2. Shane Basen is currently on a 10 game hitting streak, dating back to last year.

3. Justin Roland has reached base safely in 27 straight games.

4. Although the Hornets scored seven runs, only three of them were earned thanks to three errors by the 49ers.

5. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. Senior LHP John Hamilton will get the nod in game one while junior RHP Brock Hudgens will go in game two.


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