Justin Brantley continued his resurgence with another good outing Saturday
March 16, 2013
Charlotte scored twice in the eighth to take the opener 5-3 and struck for seven runs in the first two innings to top Siena 9-3 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. Mike Fish had two hits in the first game, including the game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning.
Charlotte's first game rally spoiled the second straight solid start for Siena senior Justin Brantley. Brantley worked six innings, allowing just five hits and two runs while striking out five.
Charlotte redshirt freshman catcher Brett Lang doubled off the wall in left center for the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth, and reliever Hunter May nabbed his team-leading fifth win of the season.
Lang's double came with one out in the eighth and J.J. Elseser drove in Lang with a two-out single to left center for the final run of the game.
Charlotte took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single in the fourth from sophomore designated hitter Derek Gallello.
Siena scored its first run in the seventh on a pair of doubles. Brian Fay led off the frame with a two-bagger, and Kyle Baldani drove him in to tie the game.
Charlotte scored two in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for the second time in the contest. The Niners drew two walks and scored the first run on a wild pitch. The second came home on an RBI single from Brad Elwood.
An error allowed a runner on base in the top of the eighth before Fish hit a two-run homer out to left to tie the game again.
After Fay's two-run single in the second tied the second game at 2-2, Charlotte pushed across five runs in the bottom of the frame on four hits and a fielding error. Justin Seager's two-run blast made the score 7-2.
That score held until the top of the fifth when Brett Lang hit a solo homer to left, followed two batters later by an inside-the-park homer from freshman catch Nick Daddio who scored when the Siena right fielder had his jersey catch in the bullpen fence chasing down the ball down the line.
Baldani posted two hits in the loss for Siena. Reliever Jim Miendl had three innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts.
The two teams complete their four game series Sunday at noon.