Before Charlotte heads off to Conference USA in 2013, this week might be a good time to quickly reflect how dominant the 49ers have been in the league they're now one year away from departing.
Charlotte's victories in the Atlantic 10's men's and women's outdoor track championships last weekend are a reminder of how strong the 49ers have been in most every sport since they joined in 2005.
The 49ers have won 44 regular-season or tournament conference team championships over that period of time, far more than any other Atlantic 10 school.
Yes, none of those titles have come in men's basketball. But sports like baseball, golf and track have been the A-10's unquestioned standard bearers over the years. Other sports, like women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball and men's tennis have all won league crowns.
Will there be that kind of across-the-board success in Conference USA for Charlotte?
• The 49ers baseball team (20-26, 8-9) remains in ninth place in the Atlantic 10, two games out of the sixth and final spot for the league tournament in the standings. Charlotte is two games (but tied in the loss column) behind sixth-place Fordham (12-9). Charlotte's final two league series are at home this weekend against first-place Saint Louis (33-15, 14-7) and St. Bonaventure (18-22, 6-12).
• Charlotte's fifth-seed softball team opens play in the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday against No. 4 George Washington in St. Louis … The 49ers golf team, which had its string of six consecutive Atlantic 10 championships snapped last week, will play in the NCAA tournament for an eighth straight time this week. The 49ers will be the 12th seed in the 14-team regional Friday through Sunday at Greensboro's Grandover Resort.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Posted by Observer Sports at 1:16 PM