Winthrop recorded its fourth and fifth consecutive shutout with 6-0 and 8-0 victories over Presbyterian on Thursday at Terry Field. The Eagles have now extended their streak to 31 straight innings without allowing a run.
After taking the first game of the doubleheader, Winthrop (27-15) took advantage of five Blue Hose errors and took the second game in five innings.
"We just had great pitching today," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. "We hit the ball in critical situations and made all the plays we needed to make. We played like a veteran team and it was nice to see."
Both starting pitchers for the Eagles threw well. Megan Evans improved to 14-5 on the year as she allowed just two hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts in five innings. Evans allowed two hits with one out in the first inning, but then retired 15 straight batters that included six straight strikeouts and nine of 10 batters. Cari Wooldridge improved to 12-8 as she allowed just four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Lisa Kingsmore went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in the opening game. She had an RBI single in the second inning, scored on a Mallory Hogan single in the fourth inning and hit a solo home run in the fifth. Tessa Thomas and
In the nightcap, Winthrop scored its first run in the second inning without getting a single hit. Jo-Lynn Smith reached on an error by Staten followed by Lenny Stoddart reaching as she was hit with the pitch. Carole Reda tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, but the pitcher threw the ball into the dirt and Smith came around to score.
The Eagles will be back in action this weekend as Coastal Carolina comes to town for a Big South Conference three-game series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. with a double-header. The series finale will be on Sunday at 1 p.m.
• MEN'S TENNIS -- The sixth-seeded Winthrop Eagles fought hard and defeated No. 3 seed Charleston Southern, 4-1 in the first round of the 2008 Big South Men's Tennis Championship.
"I am very proud of my players," said Winthrop coach Cid Carvalho. "We played extremely well (Thursday). It was a very tough match and we are ready to play (today)."
With the win, Winthrop improves to 11-11 overall and will face No. 2 High Point today at 1 p.m. The Bucs end their season 12-9.
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• BIG SOUTH TRACK -- The Liberty men and the Coastal Carolina women lead after the first day of the 2008 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Flames posted a team score of 39 points, while the Lady Chanticleers posted 34 points at Winthrop's Irwin Belk Track on Thursday.
In the first final of the day, Liberty's Jon Hart took first place with a meet- and facility-record throw of 66.20 meters in the hammer throw. Hart is currently ninth in the country in the event. In second was Timothy Morse with a toss of 61.57 meters. Galen Jones took home third place with a mark of 60.81 meters.
In the women's long jump, Radford's Shemelia Brandon jumped her way into first place with a leap of 5.17 meters. Liberty's Charlene Hibbert finished second with a jump of 5.69 meters. Sierrah Oates of Coastal Carolina rounded out the list of all-conference winners with a jump of 5.65 meters.
Tamas Kovacs of High Point won the men's 10,000 with a time of 30:44. In second was Josh Edmonds of Liberty who crossed the line in 30:52. Winthrop's Trevor Beesley closed out the all-Big South honorees with a time of 30:54.
Liberty's Daniel Newell sits atop the decathlon with 3,754 points halfway through the event. Jack Hutchinson of Coastal Carolina is currently second with 3,362 points. Chanticleer Steve Harmon sits in third with 3,082 points.
Through four events in the heptathlon, Coastal Carolina's Elisha Tegeder is leading the way with 2,658 points. Liberty's Krystle Matthews racked up 2,479 points, good for second place. Lady Flame Jen Healey rounds out the top three with 2,348 points.
Day two championship will start today at 10:30 a.m.