Pictured: Marcus Way
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte banged out 12 hits Friday night to defeat the Harvard baseball team by a score of 15-3. In the first of a three-game set. Harvard (3-8) and Charlotte (9-5) will resume the series on Saturday.
Control problems plagued Harvard pitchers, who issued 11 free passes in eight innings. Put into perspective, it took Harvard pitchers 35.2 innings at the start of the season to issue 11 walks while starting with wins against Notre Dame and Stetson.
Eric Eadington (1-2), Harvard’s starter, walked six batters in four innings to go with seven hits as he was touched for 10 earned runs. Charlotte scored in all but two innings with five extra base hits including two homers.
Corey Roberts (2-1) was impressive on the other side for Charlotte as Roberts recorded 10 strikeouts against four hits in six innings of work to get the win. The lone runs came courtesy of Marcus Way, who launched a two-run homer in the second inning to briefly tie the game. It was the second homer in as many games for Way, who also finished with two hits.The homer dented the scoreboard, 15 feet above the right-center field fence.
Charlotte was impressive with its opportunities, going 6-fo-14 with runners in scoring position and 4-for-4 with runners on third base and less than two outs.