Eagles shut out by Jacksonville again

Winthrop University Media RelationsMarch 2, 2014 

— For the second day in a row, Winthrop’s baseball team was shut out by Jacksonville as the Eagles lost 8-0 on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Sessions Stadium.

The loss drops the Eagles to 6-5 this season, while Jacksonville improved to 3-7 with its first back to back wins of the year. Jacksonville leads the all-time series over the Eagles 6-2.

Dolphins starting pitcher Justin Russell (2-1) held the Eagles to five hits in six innings and struck out four.

Jacksonville banged out 15 hits against five Eagle pitchers. Winthrop starter Josh Strong (0-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Four Winthrop relievers allowed the other seven hits and five runs.

Winthrop freshman Babe Thomas and Chad Smith had two hits, but no Eagles advanced to second.

Jacksonville scored at least one run in five of the first six innings, including three in the fifth frame. The Dolphins were led at the plate by center fielder Cameron Gibson and first baseman Conner Marabell as both went 3 for 5. Gibson knocked in three runs.

The Eagles committed two errors in the fifth to enable Jacksonville’s three-run inning.

The Eagles head to Spartanburg on Wednesday to face Wofford at 5 p.m. for the fourth of seven straight road games.

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