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Game 1: Charlotte 10, NC A&T 0

In the 49ers’ first game of the First Pitch Classic, Charlotte got out to a slow start as the NC A&T Aggies’ outfielders put out the 49ers’ first three batters. However, Charlotte’s offense erupted in the second inning for nine runs. Sophomore catcher Bailey Vannoy instigated the 49ers’ scoring spree by hitting a home run with the bases loaded, putting Charlotte up 6-0. Madelyn Wright, Spenser Gray and Riley Krueger each tallied one additional run after Vannoy’s home run to extend the 49ers’ lead to 9-0. 

Both teams had quiet performances in the third inning. In the fourth, sophomore outfielder Maddie Marchiando earned the decisive 10th run to clinch the 49ers' 10-0 victory over the Aggies. 

Pitchers Wright and Alison Green each contributed two strikeouts while Reagan More tallied one. All three pitchers allowed a combined four hits. 

Game 2: Charlotte 2, Rhode Island 7

Charlotte played competitively early in their game against the Rams, trailing 3-2 after two innings. However, after giving up three runs in the top of the third, Charlotte’s offense wasn’t able to dig themselves out of their 6-2 deficit. Despite Rhode Island pitcher Sarah Gunderson giving up several hits late in the game, the Rams’ outfield stepped up and kept the 49ers from scoring any runs.      

Game 3: Charlotte 10, Morehead State 5

Morehead State claimed an early 5-0 lead during the top of the first inning behind quality batting from Adeline Nicholson and Lindsay Anderson. Wright and Maggie Cannon helped get the 49ers back in the game by recording an RBI to trim the Eagles’ lead to 5-3. Charlotte prohibited Morehead State from garnering any runs after their prolific first inning performance. Meanwhile, Wright and Cannon contributed three and two more RBI’s, respectively, to help the 49ers claim a 10-5 win against Morehead State. 

Wright pitched the majority of the first inning and the remainder of the game, allowing four hits and zero runs while recording six strikeouts. 

Game 4: Charlotte 8, Rhode Island 3

Improved pitching from Carson Pace and implementing Maddux Hughes into the bullpen helped the 49ers get the best of Rhode Island in their second matchup against the Rams. In the 49ers’ first game against the Rams, Pace allowed three hits and one run while recording three strikeouts in two innings. Pace pitched three innings in the rematch and gave up one hit while recording five strikeouts. Hughes pitched four innings and allowed four hits, three runs and tallied three strikeouts. 

Wright continued to perform well at bat, accumulating three RBIs and two hits with only one strikeout. Hallie Webster, Cori Henderson and Bailey Vannoy each contributed one RBI. 

Game 5: Charlotte 11, Morehead State 1 

Charlotte dominated Morehead State in their rematch game, defeating the Eagles in five innings. Madelyn Wright recorded the first RBI of the game in the bottom of the first inning to give Charlotte a 1-0 advantage. Then, Maggie Cannon doubled to center field, allowing Wright and Imani Rochelle to score. Cori Henderson recorded an RBI late in the first to give Charlotte a 4-0 advantage heading into the second inning. 

Late in the bottom of the second inning, Henderson connected on a homerun, allowing Cannon, Wright and herself to record runs and put the 49ers ahead 10-0. The Eagles attempted to mount a comeback, but the 49ers were able to ward off Morehead States’ attempt at making the game competitive.

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