RADFORD, Va. -- The Winthrop softball team suffered its first conference loss Sunday as Radford rallied for a 4-2 victory.
Winthrop (22-15, 5-1 Big South) took at 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Pearl Coleshill reached on a fielding error by Ashley Taylor with one away. Tessa Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Coleshill in scoring position at second base, and Lisa Kingsmore followed with her first home run of the season as she took a 2-2 pitch from Taylor and hit over the right-field fence.
Taylor made up for her error in the top of the inning by leading off the bottom half with a home run on a 1-2 pitch to get one run back. Radford (26-10, 1-2) tied the game in the fourth inning as Vicki Madden homered to left center with two outs.
Jenn Everhart delivered the biggest hit of the game as she hit a two-out, two-run double to right field that proved to be the game-winning hit.
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Megan Evans started the game but did not factor in the decision as she tossed 3 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Cari Wooldridge (10-8) suffered the loss in relief as she threw 2 1-3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Winthrop, which has won five of its last six games, will step away from conference action as Presbyterian comes to town on Wednesday for a double-header beginning at 3 p.m.
In Asheville, the Winthrop men's and women's tennis teams traveled to take on Big South Conference opponent UNC Asheville at the UNC Asheville Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon, and won both matches against the Bulldogs.
The women improved to 9-10 overall and 4-0 in conference play as they blanked UNC Asheville 7-0, while the men improved to 10-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference as they were victorious 5-2.
The Eagles will be back in action this week as the men will South Carolina State on Monday, while the women host Auburn Montgomery on Wednesday.