Everything continues to click for the Winthrop softball team.
The Eagles swept Coastal Carolina on Saturday, posting two 8-0 wins and improving to 10-1 in the Big South Conference.
With the two shutouts, Winthrop (29-15) extended its scoreless innings streak to 41. During the seven games, the Eagles have outscored opponents 46-0.
"It feels good to get the two shutouts and to hit the ball like we did and play solid defense," coach Mark Cooke said. "That's our goal, is to be that kind of team everyday. They're getting better everyday and they've found a comfort zone in how they play together."
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Finding that comfort zone has been different this year compared to last year, where the same group of players played nearly every game. This season has taken some time, and Cooke said, "they're playing great together and are working together as a unit. It's very comforting right now."
Winthrop has won five of the last six with the Chanticleers, all shutouts.
The Eagles jumped to early leads in both games after putting on a hitting clinic with 18 combined knocks. Coastal (18-32, 6-5 BSC) struggled to manufacture hits and scattered five around the park in two games.
Junior Lisa Kingsmore paced the Eagles in Game 1 with five RBIs, including a two-run homer in the first inning and the game-winning sacrifice lineout in the bottom of the fifth. Tessa Thomas reached on a leadoff single and Kingsmore belted the two-run shot to left, giving the Eagles an early lead which was never in doubt considering sophomore Megan Evans threw another gem.
Evans had seven strikeouts in five innings and allowed only one hit while improving to 15-5.
Winthrop's bats remained quiet until exploding for three runs on three hits in the fourth. Sarah Magee led off with a single and Pearl Coleshill reached on an error. Thomas singled to load the bases for Kingsmore, who ripped a single down the third-base line to plate Magee and Coleshill.
The Eagles weren't done in the inning, Stephanie Reid singling up the middle to score Thomas. Winthrop loaded the bases again but couldn't manage another run.
Evans kept the Chanticleers quiet in the top of the fifth, forcing Michelle Evans to ground out. She fanned Kelsey Riffel and popped out Alicia Irwin to keep the shutout intact.
Winthrop's bats stayed hot to open Game 2. The Eagles' quick-strike offense jumped ahead 3-0 after Mallory Hogan's line-drive homer that barely cleared the right-center fence in the first inning. Carole Reda later doubled to left to score Lenny Stoddart.
It appeared the potent Eagles offense would be halted as Chanticleers pitcher Michelle Evans didn't allow another hit until Stoddart led off the fourth with a single to left. Reda reached on a walk and both runners advanced on Magee's groundout.
Coleshill then drilled a two-run double to center. Kingsmore added an RBI single.
Cari Wooldridge matched Megan Evans' Game 1 performance, limiting the Chanticleers late in the game. She allowed four hits and struck out two.
Winthrop will complete the three-game series with Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. today. Winthrop's three seniors will be honored in pregame festivities.