Winthrop will host the Big South Conference championships in men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track and field starting Thursday.
The men's tennis team is seeded No. 6 and plays at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday against No. 3 Charleston Southern at Memorial Courts.
Coach Cid Carvalho's Lady Eagles are seeded No. 1 after winning their seventh straight BSC regular-season title and have drawn a first-round bye. Winthrop meets the winner of Thursday's Charleston Southern-High Point match at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
The tournament champions receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
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Track and field competition starts at noon on Thursday at the Irwin Belk Track.
• WOMEN'S TENNIS: Carvalho's Lady Eagles enter Friday's match having won 12 regular-season titles and 10 tournament championships. Winthrop won five straight tournament titles before falling to Coastal Carolina last season.
The Lady Eagles went 22-4 in regular-season individual matches and boast three players -- Larisa Bekmetova, Patricia Coimbra and Paula Pereira -- with 5-0 marks.
Sara Abutovic and Elizaveta Zaytseva were 4-1, while Lisa Wilkerson went 3-2.
Winthrop was 11-4 in individual doubles matches.
• MEN'S TENNIS: The men failed to live up to their No. 2 preseason prediction, posting a 2-4 record in conference play.
Still, the Eagles have one of the league's top players in three-time all-BSC selection Rodrigo Santos.
Santos, a senior finance major from Brasilia, Brazil, was 5-1 in conference play and 17-3 overall. Santos enters Thursday with a 69-20 career record.
• TRACK AND FIELD: Freshman javelin thrower Jared Baird set another school record and became the third member of the track and field team to qualify for the NCAA East Regional with a throw of 203 feet, 8 inches at the Sea Ray Relays.
His throw in Knoxville bettered the NCAA minimum qualifying mark of 61.6 meters, earning him a spot in next month's regionals in Tallahassee, Fla., along with Ashley Howard (discus) and Jason Williams (high jump).
Williams also won the high jump at the Sea Ray with a leap of 6-11.
"To get three kids into the NCAA before ever competing in our conference championships is exciting," coach Ben Paxton said. "We have a couple of others that are so close we hope they reach the mark at conference this weekend."
One of those is distance runner Matt Elliott, who is just a tick short of qualifying for the 5,000 and 800 meters. Elliott holds the school record in both events with times of 3:47.93 and 1:51.74.
• COURSE CLOSED: The Winthrop Golf Course will be closed on Friday and Saturday.
It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
• SOFTBALL: Juniors Lisa Kingsmore and Mallory Hogan continue to lead the Big South in batting average and RBIs, respectively.
Kingsmore, the preseason player of the year, is hitting .444, while Hogan has driven in 35 and is second in home runs with seven.
The Eagles (25-15, 7-1 BSC) return to Terry Field on Thursday for a doubleheader with future league member Presbyterian.
Winthrop was scheduled to host the Blue Hose on April 9. But that game was postponed because of the death of Presbyterian football player Larry Thomas.
The teams were originally scheduled to play in Clinton on Thursday, but both coaches agreed to play a doubleheader in Rock Hill starting at 5 p.m.
Winthrop has a three-game series against rival Coastal Carolina this weekend. A doubleheader is scheduled Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Game time on both days is 1 p.m.
WINTHROP (15-20) AT WAKE FOREST (13-21)
• When: 3 p.m. today
• Where: Hooks Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Tickets: Available at the box office
• On the Web: Live stats available at wakeforestsports.com
• On deck: Winthrop plays the first of a three-game series at Charleston Southern at 2 p.m. on Friday.
FRESHMAN RHP MATTEO D'ANGELO
D'Angelo has a 1.75 ERA and two saves in 14 appearances this year. He has struck out 36 (second on the team) and walked just five in 25 2-3 innings.
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D'Angelo once lived the pitcher's dream of getting out of an inning on three pitches. He was 16, pitching in the Italian national league and retired the side on three fastballs.