Winthrop will bring a three-game winning streak into this weekend's Bojangles Baseball Classic at The Winthrop Ballpark.
Winthrop (5-5) beat Notre Dame twice and Manhattan last weekend in Rock Hill. Eagles' starting pitchers Tyler Mizenko, Robert Lake and Matteo D'Angelo all looked sharp. Reliever Tommy Lawrence picked up his first two saves of the season. Patrick Gamblin homered against Notre Dame on Saturday - the team's first long ball of the season.
The Eagles will entertain Michigan (2-9) and Stony Brook (3-4) today through Sunday.
"Both are very good teams. We will see two good arms Friday and Saturday," Winthrop coach Tom Riginos said.
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Michigan will throw Tyler Mills against the Eagles in the tournament opener at 4 p.m. today. Mills is a 6-2, 200-pound redshirt sophomore.
He is similar to Winthrop's Mizenko in that he has been transformed from a closer to a starter.
Mills (1-1, 3.77 ERA) picked up his first win of the year against Massachusetts on March 4, striking out seven in seven and one-third innings. He allowed just five hits and one earned run. Mills retired nine straight Minutemen during one stretch.
Riginos described Mills as "a big, strong kid with a good slider and cutter."
Stony Brook (3-4), from Long Island, N.Y., will go with Tyler Johnson against the Eagles on Saturday afternoon. The junior out of Chatsworth, Calif., can run his fastball up to 90 mph and has a very good slider, according to Riginos.