There were some big things happening with the Charlotte 49er Baseball program over the past week. Let’s take a quick look!!
Niners going Honey Hunting in Gastonia?
In early April following the sweep at FIU, the 49ers were one of 40+ schools to put in a bid to host an NCAA Regional. On Friday the selection committee announced that the Charlotte 49ers were selected as one of the 20 host site finalists.
With the potential capacity of the Hayes unknown at the time the bid was submitted, it was determined that the 49ers would bid to host at the larger, newly named CaroMont Health Park in Gastonia. The brand new stadium just outside of Charlotte has a capacity of 5,000+ and is home to the new professional Atlantic League team, the Gastonia Honey Hunters. The Honey Hunters are opening up their inaugural season next week but will be on a road trip during the time of the NCAA Regionals. Tickets are on sale now and you can reserve your seats by clicking HERE.
What a great milestone for the Charlotte baseball program to be named among the Top 20 programs in the country. The NCAA will determine the final 16 host sites on Sunday or Monday following the conference tournament weekend. Here is a look at how we currently stack up against the other 19 schools selected as finalists (sorted by current RPI):
The Hayes is Open for Business!!!
The Charlotte 49ers announced on Monday that FULL CAPACITY would be allowed this week at the Hayes for the final series of the regular season against UNC Wilmington. Face coverings are also no longer required at the Hayes. Up to this point, admission to the Hayes was limited to family members of the teams and limited number of Season Ticket Holders/ Grand Slam Club Members.
Concessions will be open with plenty of ballpark food and drinks, including a large selection of beer. Get your tickets, and come support your nationally ranked 49ers this week. Get your tickets by clicking HERE
Niners win Two in Texas to Clinch Conference USA Regular Season Title
Charlotte was able to win two games at Rice this weekend to clinch the #1 seed in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament and thus claim the 2021 Conference USA Regular Season Championship. This is Charlotte’s 1st Conference USA Regular Season Championship in program history and the first regular season title since 2013 when the Niners finished 1st in the Atlantic 10.
The Niners will face the #8 seed Middle Tennessee State next Wednesday in Ruston. Also in the bracket are the #4 seed Old Dominion & #5 seed FAU. In the opposite bracket 2nd seeded LaTech will play #7 seed UTSA, and #3 seed Southern Miss will take on #6 seed WKU. We will have more on the Conference Tourney next week!!
A Look at UNC Wilmington
The Seahawks clinched the South Division in the CAA this past weekend and have a 29-17 record with an 81 RPI. They are coming off a mid-week loss at Chapel Hill on Tuesday. They’ve won 3 weekend series in a row and are hosting the CAA tournament at their place next week.
Here is a ‘bird’s eye view’ of how the teams stack up in the stats: