CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dayton clinched a three-game conference series against Charlotte after a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon at Hayes Stadium.
Senior right-handed pitcher Tim Bury (2-2) earned the win after tossing 8 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run and striking out five. Bury faced the minimum for six consecutive innings.
For the second consecutive game, senior Burny Mitchem earned the save for the Flyers after getting the last out in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on base.
Freshman A.J. Ryan went 3-for-4 on the day and drove in the game-tying run on a double in the fourth inning. Ryan’s three hits tied his season high for the fourth time.
Senior C.J. Gillman went 2-for-3 on the day with two runs scored, including the go-ahead run in the sixth inning which put UD up 2-1. Gillman added much-need run support with his second homerun in as many days in the eighth inning for a 3-1 Flyer advantage.
Charlotte rallied in the bottom of the ninth after pinch hitter Derek Gallello singled to lead off the inning and immediately advanced to second base on a fielding error. The next batter, Shane Basen, singled through the left side allowing Gallello to score an unearned run on the play to bring UNCC with in one run, 3-2. Tony Montalbano hit into a double play to clear the bases and put two outs on the board.
With two outs and the bases cleared the 49ers kept fighting as Corbin Shive doubled, prompting Dayton’s first pitching change of the day – Mitchem for Bury. Mitchem walked his first batter on a full count but forced a fielder’s choice ground-out to second base to end the game and shut the door on Charlotte’s comeback.
Charlotte starting pitcher Joe Yermal (4-2) threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs with no strikeouts to receive the loss.
Dayton stole three bases to increase its team season total to 95 stolen bases – the fourth most of any team in program history despite playing just 32 games thus far.
After clinching its second conference series victory of the season, Dayton improves to 14-18 and 5-3 in the A-10. Charlotte, the two-time defending A-10 Champions and 2012 favorites, falls to 14-17 and 2-6 in conference play.
It is Dayton’s fifth consecutive victory in games decided by one run. UD improves to 5-5 in one-run games after dropping the first five one-run games of the season.
Dayton and Charlotte conclude its three-game series tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET.