Monday, April 21, 2008

Lyerly A-10 player of the week

The Charlotte 49ers' record-setting offensive explosion at Massachusetts over the weekend helped sophomore designated hitter and first baseman Rob Lyerly garner Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors.

In Saturday's 24-6 win over the Minutemen, Lyerly went 6-for-6, including three home runs, two doubles and a triple. The former star at Piedmont High set one school record and tied three others with his performance.

The three home runs and six hits tied school records, while the 19 total bases was the most for a single game in team history. With hits in his last two at-bats in Friday's game, he tied another school record by getting hits in eight straight at-bats.

Lyerly has 27 extra-base hits out of his 47 total hits this season and leads the team with a .748 slugging percentage. He added a fourth home run for the weekend in Sunday's loss to UMass.

-- Charlotte (29-9) will go with righthander B.J. Hagen on the mound in Tuesday's rematch with second-ranked North Carolina at Hayes Stadium. Hagen pitched a career-long seven innings and allowed just two hits in last week's 5-4 loss to the Tar Heels in 12 innings. North Carolina (34-7) will likely go with freshman righthander Patrick Johnson, a former standout at Conover's St. Stephens High.