AUBURN, Ala. -- The Winthrop softball team split on the first day of the War Eagle Classic with a 13-2 win over Austin Peay and a 1-0 loss to the host Auburn on Friday.
After exploding for 13 runs in the first game against Austin Peay, Winthrop and Auburn (13-1) faced off in a tight game with the Tigers winning on a solo home run in the sixth inning by Elizabeth Eisterhold.
"We hit one hard that hit the top of the fence; they hit one hard that went out," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. "Cari Wooldridge pitched a great game, we just didn't score. Both teams played well. In the first game we just ripped it. We're playing really, really good ball right now. When you lose 1-0 and play well it's hard to be upset."
Wooldridge tossed six innings allowing one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts as she falls to 1-3 on the year. With the split, the Lady Eagles are now 3-3 on the year.
In the victory over Austin Peay (0-5), Winthrop didn't waste much time as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and then scored at least two runs each inning for the rest of the game. Lenny Stoddart led off the second with a single to left and advanced to third on an error by left fielder Detra Farley. Megan Evans followed with a walk, and the first run came across the plate after Ashley Bolda was called for an illegal pitch. Evans moved to second as Stoddart scored. Then, two batters later, Ashley Revell grounded out to second to drive in Evans.
Winthrop will be back in action today as it takes on Middle Tennessee State at 11 a.m. in the second day of the War Eagle Classic.