CLINTON — Winthrop allowed three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning which was all Presbyterian College needed as the Eagles lost 4-2, Wednesday afternoon in Big South softball action.
The Eagles (16-6, 4-5) lost the game, but still took the regular season series after a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Hose (17-12, 3-3) on March 20.
Presbyterian took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. It started with one out as Jill McLean walked and then moved to second on an error by Sara Allen on a grounder by Erin Ruff that put runners at first and second. It looked like Allen might escape unscathed after McLean was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice but a two-out, two-run double to left center by Shelby Petik tied the game at 2-2. Petik advanced to third on the throw in from the outfield and then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Winthrop had a chance to go into its final at-bat trailing only by a run but an error with two outs in the sixth inning led to a run to make it 4-2.
“We played really poorly on defense today and they drove in the runs to make us pay for it,” said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. “Our hitting was off and we were not sharp at all today.”
Allen (7-7) suffered the loss after allowing four unearned runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Brown earned the win and is 5-3 after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Track and field
Invitational to host 24 teams: The Winthrop Invitational track and field meet will attract 24 teams with more than 900 athletes to the Irwin Belk Track and Field Complex on Thursday through Saturday.
“This will be the largest meet we have had in five years,” said Winthrop coach Ben Paxton. “With the Big South championships upcoming at Winthrop, it will be a real test for both the athletes and the staff to put our best foot forward.”
Big South Conference foes Liberty, Coastal Carolina, Gardner Webb and High Point as well as Lehigh and others will highlight the action which gets underway Thursday afternoon with day one of the Heptathlon for women and Decathlon for men..
Friday’s events will get underway at 10 a.m. and will continue until 8:30 p.m. Events will resume on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the final event scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
All Div. I athletes will be chasing a top 48 mark in the East region for qualifying to the NCAA First Round in May in Jacksonville, Fla.