Charlotte Downs Baseball, 4-1, In Series Finale
Pictured: Marcus Way
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers completed a weekend series sweep versus Harvard, 4-1 at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The 49ers improve to 11-5 on the season, dropping the Crimson to 3-10.
Wes Hatley earned his first career win on the mound in relief for Charlotte while Marcus Way suffered the loss in his first start of the season.
Way pitched well but Charlotte’s Corey Shaylor broke a one-all tie in the sixth when he shot a ground ball down the third base line for an RBI single with Charlotte adding two more runs for the win.
After combining for 46 runs in the first two games, neither team could score in the first three innings in the low-scoring affair. Harvard had three hits and drew four walks in the first three innings, while Charlotte had three hits and three walks in the first three without scoring.
Charlotte got on the board first in the fourth. With two outs, Shaylor drew a walk and later come home on a single by right fielder Justin Wilson to take a 1-0 lead.
The Crimson tied the game after a leadoff triple by outfielder Dillon O'Neill resulted in a run on an RBI groundout by shortstop Sean O'Hara.
Designated hitter Mike Perkins doubled to right center to start the sixth inning. He scored from second on the Shaylor single. Shortstop Justin Roland then singled through the left side of the infield and outfielder Cory Tilton singled home Shaylor for the 3-1 lead.
The Niners added the fourth and final run of the day on Tilton's second RBI single of the day, bringing home outfielder Shane Brown, who singled to right in the previous at bat.
Hatley threw 1.2 innings of hitless baseball, striking out three and walking one for his first career decision (1-0). Reliever Kelly McLain got the save (3) by retiring all seven hitters he faced, with four strikeouts.
Way allowed three runs on seven hits and six walks in five innings, striking out four. He was also the team’s DH and was on base all four times with two hits and two walks with a stolen base.
Wilson led all players with three hits, while three other Niners had two hits each. Tilton's pair of RBI led all players, as did Shaylor's two runs scored.