ATHENS, Ga. — Winthrop softball dropped both of its games Sunday at the Red & Black Showcase, falling to Cleveland State 5-4 in extra innings and getting shut out 8-0 by No. 20 Georgia.
In the first game of the day, Winthrop (2-2) came from behind to take a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh. But Cleveland State scored in the bottom of the inning and added two more runs in the eighth to grab the win.
Lenny Stoddart put the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard first with a solo home run in the second inning, the fourth home run of her career. The Vikings (4-5) struck right back, as Christa Coppus hit a two-run shot to left field.
The score remained 2-1 until Lisa Kingsmore led off the seventh inning with a triple to begin the Winthrop comeback. Pearl Coleshill followed with a walk to put runners on the corners for Mallory Hogan. The senior first baseman delivered with a single to right field to tie the game at 2-2. Stoddart followed that with a single of her own, scoring Coleshill for a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Katelyn Ciminelli led off with a single to center and starting pitcher Megan Evans was replaced by Cari Wooldridge. After a groundout and flyout to left field, Natalie Dematteis delivered a double to left center to tie the game at 3 and force extra innings.
Winthrop jumped ahead 4-3 as Tessa Thomas tripled to right center with one out, scoring Ashlee Revell. Kingsmore and Coleshill followed, but were unable to score Thomas from third. In the bottom of the eighth, Wooldridge got the first batter to ground out, but Lia Gordon singled to center and tied the game at 4. Mimi Mahom followed with a grounder to short, but there was an error on the play and both Gordon and Mahom were safe. Amanda Houchin delivered the game-winning hit in the next at-bat.
"We played two great teams today," coach Mark Cooke said. "We played great the first game and hit the ball well but Cleveland State just made some good plays defensively."
Evans did not factor into the decision after tossing six innings allowing two earned runs on two hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Wooldridge suffered the loss as she tossed 1 1/3 inning, allowing two runs on three hits.
Winthrop had several chances to put some runs on the board, finishing with 13 hits in the game. Thomas, Kingsmore, Hogan, Stoddart, Evans and Megan Chapman all had two hits apiece.
In the second game, the Lady Eagles gave up four runs in the first and four runs in the fifth inning.
Wooldridge tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on 13 hits with a walk and five strikeouts to fall to 1-2 on the year.
The Lady Eagles stranded two runners in the first inning as Kingsmore singled with one out and Hogan singled with two outs before Stoddart struck out to end the threat. Georgia led off the bottom of the first with a walk by Taylor Schlopy, followed by a single from Kristin Schnake. Alisa Goler's single to center made it 2-0 as Schlopy came into score and Schnake came around to cross the plate on an error by Thomas. Brianna Hesson made it 4-0 after she doubled two batters later.
"They just hit the heck out of the ball," Cooke said of Georgia. "We had a couple of errors against Georgia and you can't do that against a good team like them. You hate to lose, but we played well today."
Winthrop left two runners on in the second inning as Evans reached on an error and Chapman walked before Thomas flied out to center to end the inning. It looked as if the Lady Eagles were going to break through in the fourth inning as Stoddart led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third when Evans followed with a single. Revell grounded out to short, but advanced Evans to second. With two runners in scoring position, Brittany Stoudemire came on to pinch hit and popped out to third base. Chapman was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Thomas, but she flew out to center field.
On the weekend, several players played and batted well. Chapman hit .556, Kingsmore and Evans batted .500, and Stoddart is hit .400.
Winthrop will be back in action at Friday when it takes on Austin Peay at 1 p.m. and Auburn University at 3:30 p.m. on the opening day of the War Eagle Classic hosted by Auburn.
• INDOOR TRACK -- In Akron, Ohio, The Winthrop indoor track & field teams turned in a few good performances over the weekend at the Akron Open.
The men and women competed in a two-division format, with most of the Eagles in the Blue Division for universities and a select few in the Gold Division Invitational.
In the Blue Division, Brooke Spencer finished first in the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 18 minutes, 24.78 seconds, while Gaines Bailey finished second in the men's 5,000 with a time of 15:30.65.
A couple of Eagles had third-place finishes as Mariam Abdullah had a jump of 11.45 meters in the triple jump and Tara Bowman cleared a height of 10 feet, 4 3/4 inches in the pole vault. Abdullah also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17-7.5.
Other top performers in the Blue Division were Phil Jennings with a seventh-place finish in the 200 and Travis Coleman finishing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 51-3.5.
In the Gold Division Invitational, Becca Holmes finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.95 seconds. Carly Moss was seventh in the 3,000 with a time of 10:30.30.
The Eagles will compete as a limited squad this week at the Virginia Tech Invitational before competing on Feb. 26-27 in the Big South Indoor Championships at Clemson.
• WOMEN'S TENNIS -- In Raleigh, N.C., Winthrop defeated N.C. State 4-3.
The Eagles improved their record to 3-3. N.C. State drops to 1-5.
The Wolfpack (1-5) captured two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. In the No. 1 match, Patricia Coimbra and Elizaveta Zaytseva fell 8-2 to Berkeley Brock and Lenka Hojckova, while Sandra Herrera and Lisa Wilkinson lost 8-6 to Neils Barringer and Diana Mortlock in the No. 2 match. The Eagles' only point came at No. 3, as Paula Pereira and Sandra Abutovic beat Pender Sessoms and Jackie Ussery 8-1.
In singles, the Lady Eagles captured four of the six matches. Wilkinson had no problems beating Sessoms 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5. Herrera defeated Barringer in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 3 match. Pereira gave the Eagles their third point by beating Ussery 6-2, 6-3, while Abutovic clinched the win for Winthrop as she defeated Mortlock 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
The Lady Eagles will be back in action at 2:30 p.m. today as they face Gardner-Webb on the Memorial Courts.