CONWAY — Despite a late three-run surge in the ninth inning, the Winthrop baseball team dropped the second game of its weekend conference series with Coastal Carolina 9-3.
The Eagles fell to 10-13 and 3-2 in conference play while the Chanticleers improved to 11-11 and 2-3 in Big South play.
Coastal Carolina’s starting pitcher Tyler Herb held the Eagles to just three hits in seven innings while striking out five to earn the win. Joey Strain pitched 5.1 innings and took the loss for the Eagles, giving up six runs on eight hits. Three other Winthrop relievers gave up a combined three runs on three hits.
The Chanticleers scored in six of the eight innings played, including two in both the third and fourth innings, and three in the seventh.
Winthrop scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth before pitcher Chad Atkins came in to close out the game. Tyler Asbill and Clay Atlman both were in scoring position after singling and advancing on a walk from Clif Bryant. Chad Smith then reached on fielder’s choice, allowing Asbill to score and Altman to advance to third. Michael Patrick then hit an RBI single that advanced Smith to third, who was then brought home by a bases loaded walk by Brad Kaczka.
The game time for tomorrow’s match has been changed to 1 p.m. due to possible inclement weather.