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February 21, 2013

Barnette fans 9, 49ers win 2nd straight

Pfeiffer @ Charlotte BOX SCORE

Charlotte, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers baseball team won their second straight game - and 999th in program history - with a 7-4 home victory over the Pfeiffer Falcons on Thursday night.

It was the third game in a row the 49ers (3-1) had played and was the last of three straight make up games due to snow over the previous weekend.

The teams had a combined 25 hits, but neither were able to capitalize well.

Junior RHP Tyler Barnette took the mound for the 49ers while Ricky Chambers Jr. got the nod for the Falcons. Barnette picked up the win with an impressive game; he allowed two runs on six hits while lasting eight innings. He struck out nine batters, a new career high, which surpassed his previous high of eight at Rhode Island on March 27 last season.

The only critique of Barnette's outing was that both of his earned runs came off of a home run. The first came off of the bat of Johnny Brown Jr to lead off the third, and the second off the bat of Jon Gray in the sixth.

The 49ers were able to strike first with four runs in the second inning. It started with back-to-back hits by Brett Lang and Justin Roland, and continued when Lang was able to score on a fielders choice.

The 49ers weren't done. After Patrick Raley walked, Justin Roland scored on another fielders choice. They scored their next two runs on singles from Brad Elwood and Justin Seager.

The Falcons responded by leading off the third inning with a home run and two straight singles, but they couldn't plate anymore runs as the next batter flew out and Barnette struck out the two ensuing hitters.

The 49ers added on insurance runs in the fourth, sixth, and eight innings.

Elwood had a big night for the 49ers, going 4-for-4 with three RBI's. After batting .269 a season ago, he's at .500 after four games. What has been the key to his early season success?

"This year I've been more selective," Elwood explained. "Our coaches...really emphasized having an approach at bat, that's really helped us out. Just being able to drive that pitch when we see it."

The 49ers ran into trouble in the ninth-inning as the Falcons scored two runs off of Sean Pope. Pope gave up four hits and two runs in only 0.2 innings of work.

Freshman Sean Geoghegan came in and was able to record the final out for the first save of his college career.


NOTES

1. This was the Charlotte 49ers 999th win in program history. They'll go for win No. 1000 on Tuesday at Wake Forest.

2. Elwood's four hits are a new career high.

3. Shane Basen extended his hit streak to 13 games, dating back to last year.

4. Johnny Brown Jr's home run was the first the team has allowed this year.


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