CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Charlotte used an offensive surge to defeat the West Virginia University baseball team 13-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Brett Netzer went 3-for-5, scoring two runs and driving in three for the 49ers. Five other players had two hits each.
Darius Hill went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Mountaineers. Brandon White got his first career hit in the top of the third.
Sophomore Michael Grove suffered the loss for WVU. He went four innings, surrendering four runs on six hits.
The Mountaineers’ bullpen gave up nine runs on nine hits.
Charlotte starter Josh Maciejewski tossed 5.2 innings. He gave up one run on three hits, striking out two.
The 49ers got the scoring started in the second inning. Jackson Mims reached on a wild pitch and later scored on a Zach Jarrett’s sacrifice fly down the right field line.
WVU would answer in the top of the third. With two outs, White doubled to left field and scored on Darius Hill’s double down the right field line.
Marques Inman led off the fourth with a walk and advanced to third on Cramer’s double down the right field line. But the Mountaineers failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity and stranded both runners.
Mims led off the bottom half of the frame with a one-run homer to left field, giving Charlotte a 2-1 lead. The 49ers tacked on another two more runs before Grove could escape the inning.
WVU squandered a chance to cut in Charlotte’s lead in the sixth but stranded runners at second and third.
The 49ers added on four runs in the sixth, including Sherer’s two-run blast to left field.
Hill’s base hit to left center scored T.J. Lake, cutting the Mountaineers deficit to 8-2.
But Charlotte responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead 13-2.
WVU will look to salvage one game of the series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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