BOTETOURT, Va. -- The Winthrop softball team finished second and the Hokies United Memorial Tournament as it defeated Troy 4-2 and fell to Virginia Tech 3-0 in the championship game Sunday afternoon at the Botetourt Sports Complex.
The Eagles smashed the ball all weekend and continued to do so in their win over Troy to advance to the championship game. However, Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher allowed just two hits while striking out 18 batters.
Winthrop (5-5) allowed two of the three Hokie runs off of its own mistakes.
Cari Wooldridge was on the mound for the Eagles as she allowed one earned run on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work.
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In the first game, Winthrop jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings.
Megan Evans tossed a solid game, making just one mistake in the seventh inning. After a lead-off single by Heidi Johnson, Courtney Davis hit a two-run shot to make it a 4-2 game with no outs. Evans finished off the game as she allowed just two runs on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Winthrop will be back in action on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in its home opener, against Gardner-Webb.
• MEN'S TENNIS -- The Winthrop men's tennis team hosted No. 45 East Tennessee State at The Winthrop Memorial Courts and was defeated 7-0.
The loss drops the Eagles' record to 2-4 on the year, while the Buccaneers improved to 6-3 with the victory.
East Tennessee State took the early 1-0 lead on the Eagles as it clinched the doubles point by winning two of the three matches. The combination of Vinicius Bortolatto and Arthur Takahashi won the only doubles match for the Eagles as they defeated Enrique Olivares and Sebastian Serrano 8-5.
The Buccaneers swept all six of the matches in singles competition to give them the victory.
The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday as they take on Wofford at 2 p.m. at The Winthrop Memorial Courts.