March 18, 2006
Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte 49ers softball team behind sound pitching and timely hitting swept Sacred Heart in a doubleheader pushing their winning streak to eight games. In game one, the 49ers used a seven-run second-inning to defeat Sacred Heart, 8-3. In game two, Charlotte behind a three-run third inning and the pitching of Christy Murray defeated Sacred Heart, 3-2.
In game one, Sacred Heart scored the game's first run when Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA) scored on a wild pitch in the first inning.
Then, the 49ers took control of the game with seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. The big hits of the inning were two-run singles from Lauren Schmitz and Kristi Killough. Evan Miller, Laurie Roycroft and Emily Forbes also connected on run-scoring hits in the inning.
Sacred Heart tacked on a second run when McDonough scored in the third inning.
The 49ers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning. Karianne Huffstetler's single scored Emily Forbes, who reached base on a triple, with the 49ers final run of the game.
Sacred Heart made the final score, 8-3, when McDonough scored her third run of the game in the fifth inning.
Charlotte pitcher Kristen Bowen recorded her 12th win of the season after scattering seven hits with three runs (one earned run) with two walks and 11 strikeouts over seven innings.
In game two, the 49ers scored all three of their runs in the second inning. Alyssa Kemmerer knocked in the 49ers first two runs when Brittany Cantrell and Cee Brooks scored on her double to center field. Then, Kemmerer scored the 49ers' other run on a single by Miller.
Charlotte pitcher Murray recorded another strong outing for the 49ers. She limited Sacred Heart to six hits and two runs with five strikeouts over seven innings for her fifth win of the season.
The Pioneers return to action next weekend when they partcipate in the UMBC Tournament. The Pioneers open play Friday against UMBC and Brown.