From Winthrop Media Relations
The Winthrop softball team split on the opening day of the Winthrop/adidas Invitational with a 10-2 win over Delaware State and a 12-3 loss to #24 Georgia, Friday afternoon at Terry Field.
Winthrop falls to 8-11 on the year while Georgia is 14-7 and Delaware State is now 1-9.
One of the main highlights on the day for the Eagles came in the third inning against Georgia as senior Chelsey Schoenfeldt hit a three-run home run down the right field line for her 150th career hit. The home run made cut the Georgia lead in half at 6-3.
“We finally made adjustments in the first game and our offense exploded,” said Winthrop head coach Mark Cooke. “Georgia’s such a good ball club. We fought and battled all day long. I’m happy to have such a competitive and scrappy group of girls. Sutton threw well and it seemed like every mistake she made pitching they (Georgia) hit out of the park.”
The Bulldogs, which hit seven home runs in its game prior to the Eagles, hit three off Winthrop starting pitcher Sutton Watson. Watson suffered the loss and falls to 6-6 on the year as she allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on 10 hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work.
Georgia’s Geri Ann Glasco tossed a complete game for the win as she allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts to improve to 8-1 on the year.
Denver 17, Winthrop 5: The Eagles fell in Denver, to the Pioneers.
Winthrop fell to 3-3 overall while Denver, who received votes in this week’s national polls, improved to 5-1 overall.
The Pioneers got off to a very strong start, scoring four goals in the first 5:41. Freshman Logan McCarthy got the Eagles on the board with her fifth goal of the season with 23:04 left in the first half.
The two teams then went scoreless for nearly 10 minutes before Denver netted a goal with 13:56 left to go up 5-1, forcing Winthrop into a timeout. After Denver scored two more goals, Winthrop’s Shannon Gallagher grabbed her 12th goal of the season to bring the score to 7-2 with 12:35 on the clock on an assist from McCarthy.