UNCW Baseball

Charlotte's baseball team celebrates after a walk-off win against UNCW. 

The 49ers will head to Ruston, Louisiana, for the C-USA championship with their heads held high after a series win over UNC Wilmington after dropping the first of three games. After dropping the first game 2-6, the team battled back to win in a dramatic fashion.

Game One

This game was controlled by the Seahawks pitching as they would only give up two runs and a few hits to a 49er team that boasts the best batting average in C-USA. In the bottom of the second, Jack Dragum was able to find a pitch he liked and homered out to right field.

UNCW put up two runs in the third inning and would not let up the remainder of the game, keeping their foot on the gas and ending the game with a 6-2 victory at Hayes field, where the 49ers had a 25-5 record coming into this series.

Game Two

The 49ers set the tone early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but the Seahawks would not go away. They were able to tie the game at 3-3 after two runs in the 2nd inning and one in the fourth.

The Seahawks would take the lead after a base hit led to an RBI after a 49er throwing error. They would lead 5-4, heading into the fifth inning. The 49ers quickly answered with three runs put up in the next two innings and regained the lead 6-4. 

UNCW would give the 49ers a scare with a solo homerun in the 8th inning, but the 49ers were able to get out of the inning and play a solid defensive top of the 9th to secure the victory 6-5.

Game Three

If you like offense, this is the game for you. Many hits and scores in this game would electrify the crowd at Hayes Stadium as the 49ers were able to win in dramatic fashion 16-15.

When all seemed lost for the 49ers after an 11 run inning for the Seahawks in the seventh inning, the 49ers gave the full capacity crowd what they wanted, a win. Trailing 14-9 heading into the bottom of the 9th, the 49ers needed a miracle. The cliché "ask and you shall receive" fits this narrative as Charlotte was able to put up six runs in the inning and walk-off dramatically with a deep shot to the right-center wall bringing in two runs and securing the victory. 

"I don't know if I've ever been more proud of a baseball team as a coach," said Head Coach Robert Woodard. "We just finished the regular season with one of the best comeback wins I've ever seen. It just has that feeling of being a ride I never want to end."

Charlotte will head into the C-USA tournament with the top seed and a target on its back. They face eight-seeded Middle Tennessee on May 26 at 1:30 p.m. You can catch the action on ESPN+ or listen live on ESPN 730 The Game.

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