ROCK HILL — The Winthrop baseball team dropped a non-conference game on Tuesday night to the Charlotte 49ers 11-2 at the Winthrop Ballpark.
The Eagles are now 11-14 on the season as the 49ers got their first road victory and improved to 4-16-1 overall.
Right handed pitcher Jason Driver was breezing along with a perfect game for the first three innings before he ran into trouble in the fourth. In that frame, the 49ers got to Driver for five runs on five hits, including a two RBI triple by Logan Sherer that scored the third and fourth runs of the inning. Sherer then scored the fifth run on a sacrifice fly by Brad Elwood.
Winthrop scored its only two runs in the fifth inning off of Charlottes starting pitcher Corbin Shive. Michael Patrick led off the inning with a single and then moved around to third on an attempted double play throwing error by shortstop Mikal Hill to put runners at second and third. Leighton Daniels then drove the two runners home with a double to right center field. The Eagles never threatened thereafter as they were held hitless over the final four innings. Winthrop just had one base runner in those last four innings and that came when Babe Thomas was hit by a pitch.
Charlotte added two runs in the seventh off of reliever Brock Goodling, two more in the eighth off Travis Shelley and the final two runs came in the ninth off of Justin Pace. Winthrop finished the game with two runs on five hits while Charlotte had 11 runs on nine hits. Shive got credit for the win as he went six innings for his first victory of the season against two losses. Drivers record falls to 2-2 as he took the loss.
The Eagles will travel to Chapel Hill on Wednesday to take on the 13th ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina. The game time has been changed to 4:00 p.m. due to threatening weather.