Charlotte scored early and often, while starting pitcher Chad Rothlin (Hickory, N.C. / Fred T. Foard HS) recorded the 49ers' longest outing by a pitcher this season, lasting 7.2 innings and giving up just four hits and a run in Charlotte's 7-1 win over Massachusetts to sweep the Minutemen on Easter Sunday in an Atlantic 10 Conference weekend series at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. The 49ers have won 11 straight home games and 12 of the last 13 overall to reach a 19-6 record, starting 6-0 in the A-10. The loss drops Massachusetts to 2-14 on the season, with a 1-5 start in league play.
The game was the 100th in the stadium since it opened on March 30, 2007 (against Massachusetts). Charlotte is 77-23 in that span, including 34-11 in A-10 home games in that span.
Rothlin gave up just two hits through six innings and gave up a single and a double with two outs in the eighth for the run before being lifted after 111 pitches. It was his longest career outing in just his third career start. He saw seven baserunners in the contest.
Charlotte got on the board in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs on two hits and an error for catcher's interference. Third baseman Kevin Gillespie (Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence HS) drove in the first run with an RBI single to right center with two outs, followed by catcher Miguel Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.), who bounced a hit over the fence in right for a ground-rule double to drive in the second run. Charlotte scored at least two runs in the first inning in all three games against the Minutemen.
The Niners added three runs in the second on four hits and a pair of errors. Zane Williams (Claremore, Okla.) scored as the leadoff runner in the inning with a double to right and a two-base error. Charlotte followed with singles by second baseman Corey Shaylor (Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS), outfielder Justin Wilson (Canton, N.C. / Pisgah HS) and a walk to outfielder Cory Tilton (Cary, N.C. / Green Hope HS) to load the bases. Senior designated hitter Mike Perkins (Skaneateles, N.Y.) then grounded a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield to give Charlotte a 5-0 lead. Perkins extended his career-best hit streak to 15 games, the longest for a Charlotte batter within the 2010 season.
Wilson singled in shortstop Justin Roland (Salisbury, N.C. / East Rowan HS) after he reached with a leadoff hit in the third for a 6-0 lead.
Charlotte added its final run of the day in the fifth, scoring Roland again after a leadoff single with an RBI single to left by Shaylor.
The lone run of the Massachusetts day came in the eighth after a two-out single by shortstop Ryan Cusick and a stolen base was followed by an RBI double by second baseman Eric Fredette.
The Minutemen got a hit off of Charlotte reliever Tim Lysaught (Shawnee, Kan.) in the ninth, but it was the only baserunner he allowed in his final 1.1 innings pitched. He recorded two strikeouts.
Rothlin improved his record to 3-1 with the win. His season ERA is 1.48 in 24.1 innings tossed in seven appearances. Both of his A-10 starts have tied for the shortest game of the season for Charlotte, at two hours and 20 minutes.
The loss went to starter Mike Gedman (1-2). He allowed 12 Charlotte hits in 4.2 innings. Six of the seven runs charged to him were earned, and he had two walks and four strikeouts.
Four Niners recorded two hits each, with eight of the nine in the starting lineup garnering hits. Perkins' two RBI were the game-high total. Fredette was the only Massachusetts player with two hits.
Charlotte as a team hit .327 for the weekend, led by Perkins and Wilson with five hits each.
The Niners begin a four-game road swing, tying their longest stretch of road games on the schedule this year on Tuesday, at USC Upstate. The two teams played in Charlotte last Tuesday in a 24-2 Niners victory. Game time is 6 p.m. from Spartanburg, S.C. Charlotte's first conference road series is at Rhode Island next weekend.
NOTES: Charlotte is 18-3 at home this season, approaching the fifth 20-win home season in a row The Niners have a 20-3 home series record of three games or more since the stadium opened The 49ers have swept 11 home A-10 series since joining for the 2006 season Charlotte outscored UMass 25-10 for the weekend, including 7-0 in the first inning, the only inning in which the Niners were outscored coming into the weekend. Charlotte now has outscored opponents in the first 26-22 and has not been outscored overall in any inning this season The bullpen did not give up an earned run in the final 7.1 innings of the series Rothlin has an ERA of 1.26 in two A-10 starts, lasting 14.1 innings total Charlotte is 9-0 when Rodriguez catches and senior Zane Williams plays an outfield spot Charlotte never trailed on Friday or Sunday, giving Charlotte six overall games without losing the lead Charlotte's scoring average dropped below 10 runs per game for the first time since March 31 Charlotte is now averaging 9.96 runs per game through the first 25 games.
Charlotte 7, Massachusetts 1 (04/04/10 at Charlotte, N.C.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Massachusetts....... 000 000 010 - 1 5 2 (2-14, 1-5 A-10) Charlotte........... 231 010 00X - 7 13 1 (19-6, 6-0 A-10) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: Massachusetts - Gedman, Mike; Hart, Ben(5); Misho, Glen(8) and Conley, Tom. Charlotte - Chad Rothlin; Tim Lysaught(8) and Miguel Rodriguez. Win-Chad Rothlin(3-1) Loss-Gedman, Mike(1-2) T-2:20 A-794 Weather: Mostly Sunny, 72 degrees