Softball team snaps 3-game losing streak

The HeraldFebruary 26, 2009 

CHARLOTTE -- Winthrop ended a three-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Charlotte with 7-2 and 12-2 victories Wednesday.

After scoring just one run in the last three games, Winthrop's bats exploded for 19 runs on 24 hits. The Lady Eagles are now 5-5 on the year while Charlotte fell to 8-4.

In the second game, Winthrop jumped ahead 9-0 in the first three innings and got it started with a two-run home run off the bat of freshman Ashlee Revell. It was the first home run of her collegiate career. In the second inning, Pearl Coleshill nailed a double to left field, scoring Megan Chapman and Taylor Wright. Lisa Kingsmore also doubled in the inning, scoring Coleshill for a 5-0 lead.

Winthrop made it 9-0 after three as Coleshill came through again with an RBI single to start things off. Tessa Thomas followed with a two-run single up the middle and later scored on a Kingsmore single up the middle.

Winthrop added some insurance in the sixth inning as Lenny Stoddart doubled to right center, scoring Kingsmore. Megan Evans singled up the middle to drive in two.

Wright made the second start of her career allowing one earned run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. She is now 1-1 on the year.

"We really hit swung the bats well today," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. "Our pitching was good and the runs we gave up were on our mistakes and decisions. It was nice to swing the bats the way we did after last weekend."

Evans earned the victory on the mound in the first game as she tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Winthrop heads to Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend to play in a tournament at the University of Tennessee. The Lady Eagles will start at 12:15 p.m. Friday against James Madison.

• BASEBALL -- The Winthrop baseball team defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies 10-5 at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The Eagles improve to 5-0 with the victory, while the Aggies fall to 0-5.

Greg Hough was awarded the victory after pitching 1 2-3 innings and giving up no runs on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout. Esterlin Paulino received the loss after giving up four runs on three hits in 2-3 innings of work.

"For the first seven innings (Wednesday night) we did not play well at all," said Winthrop coach Joe Hudak. "Fortunately for us, we came back and got the lead by putting all of those runs up in the eighth."

Winthrop went ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of an RBI single by Sean Sullivan scoring Eddie Rohan and an RBI fielder's choice by Tyler McBride that scored both Sullivan and Tony Brunetti. An error by Marquis Riley advanced Brunetti home and McBride to second. Rohan walked in his at-bat.

North Carolina A&T made it a 3-2 game in the fifth inning when Xavier Macklin reached on an error by Kevin Nolan that brought in B.J. Curtis, and Chris Mullins drove in Lester Rivenbark on an RBI single to left field. Curtis and Rivenbark both reached base on singles to leftfield.

The Eagles added another run in the sixth after John Murrian led off the inning with a single to center, and later scored on a wild pitch by Aggie starter Nick Rogers.

North Carolina A&T rallied in the eighth inning to take a 5-4lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Curtis that scored Riley and Cyril Daniel. Riley began the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Daniel. Rivenbark then drove in Curtis on a RBI double to left field.

The Eagles rallied in the bottom half of the eighth inning as a total of six runs came across the plate on four hits to make it a 10-5 ballgame. Murrian led off the inning with a walk. He stole second base, advanced to third on a single to left by Rohan and scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Sullivan. Garrett Koster then drove in Bryan Bogue on a sacrifice fielder's choice.

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