Thursday, May 3, 2007

'Other' sports deserve praise

While many Charlotte 49ers fans wait patiently for the next basketball season, Charlotte's spring sports have been collecting an impressive list of accomplishments this year.

The men's tennis team earned its first NCAA invite and will play at Wake Forest in the tournament's first round on May 11. The next week, Charlotte men's player Roy Sichel will start play in the NCAA individual tennis tournament at Georgia.

Charlotte's golf team, ranked No. 21 nationally by Golfstat, opens play Friday in the Atlantic 10 tournament in Winter Haven, Fla., trying to capture its second consecutive conference title and third straight NCAA bid.

Perhaps the team drawing the biggest attention is baseball, which opened a new stadium this season. The 49ers are 35-9 and in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10. Charlotte features a superb pitcher in senior Adam Mills and several other talented players.

In this week's baseball power rankings at Rivals.com, Mills is ranked the ninth-best Division I college pitcher in the country while catcher Kris Rochelle is ranked ninth-best nationally among catchers.

Baseball still has one three-game home series remaining this season. Charlotte hosts A10 member St. Bonaventure May 11-13 at Hayes Stadium.

In baseball alumni news, former Charlotte pitcher John Maine was voted National League Pitcher of the Month for April. He finished the opening month 4-0 with an ERA of 1.35, which leads the major leagues. On a related note, Charlotte baseball currently leads the NCAA in team ERA as well.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shwing!
Jim Boykin and Jamie Green are two of the best coaches we ever had in our athletic's program history.

Andrew from Colonial Hoops said...

Hi Jim, I write for Colonial Hoops, a GW basketball blog. I'm trying to find all the A-10 blogs, what do you say we exchange links?

Anonymous said...

Niner athletics overall is on an upswing, no doubt. Just need basketball to get back on track.

The new baseball stadium is going to be amazaing.

Anonymous said...

When do we start collegiate stock car racing? We have a great program already and lord knows we would have an awesome home track!

King Leonidas said...

Anyone who hasn't seen a baseball game in the new stadium is missing out. It's not completed yet but the team is exciting to watch and the crowd has an "UH--Huh" of a time!!

Lefty said...
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Lefty said...

Baseball season ending homestand this weekend:

Friday at 6:00
Sat at 2:00
Sun at 12:00

Senior day is Saturday.

StanW said...

Men's tennis, golf, women's track are all Conference champs. Men's track was 2nd. Baseball is leading the league. Softball won 30 games.