Lisa Kingsmore and Mallory Hogan each homered to propel Winthrop to a 3-1 win over Big South Conference rival Coastal Carolina to complete the sweep in the series finale.
With the win, Winthrop (30-15, 11-1) assures itself a first round bye in the Big South Conference tournament. The Lady Eagles lock their bye with a three-game conference series still left to play at Liberty beginning Friday.
"That was our objective; to get a bye. That helps," said coach Mark Cooke, whose Lady Eagles will play the conference tournament at home beginning May 8.
"We didn't hit the ball as good today as we did yesterday, but we hit the ball when we had to. Lisa Kingsmore, what can you say? Another homerun."
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The junior duo of Kingsmore and Hogan added to their already impressive performances against the Chanticleers.
Both hit homeruns on Saturday and equaled their effort on Sunday to jumpstart the Lady Eagles offense. With one out in the third, Kingsmore, a junior from Brampton, Ontario, drilled a homer to dead centerfield giving Winthrop the 1-0 lead. The shot was her sixth in the past eight games.
Her late-season surge is sweetened because she had no homeruns prior to her recent outburst.
Hogan answered moments later when she sent a line drive over the rightfield wall, her eighth of the season. The junior from Walterboro went 2-3 at the plate and picked up 2 RBI.
"We loose our shutout streak but who cares. We get a win. I thought Izzy (Trottier) did a great job. Megan (Evans) came in and got us out of the situation and shut them down the last two innings," Cooke said.
Coastal (18-33, 6-6) picked up for four hits off Trottier through 5.1 innings including their lone run which halted Winthrop's consecutive shutout innings streak at 46.1,a span of nearly 8 games.
Evans entered with one out in the sixth and faced a 2-0 count with Verity Long-Droppert, whom she eventually walked. Allison Cantrell then singled up the middle to load the bases for the Chanticleers. Michelle Evans' sacrifice fly to center scored Jessica Scott to give Coastal its first run in the series.
Winthrop steps out of conference play as it hosts 15th-ranked North Carolina Wednesday afternoon at 3. The Lady Eagles met UNC in the NCAA Regionals a year ago splitting the two games. The Tarheels edged Winthrop 4-3 in the first round before the Lady Eagles defeated them 6-3 to advance to the regional final. UNC owns a 23-7 all-time series lead over Winthrop.
Cooke sees Wednesday's matchup as "a way for us to get out and really see how much we've progressed since early in the year."