ATHENS, Ga. -- Winthrop used a 5-run second inning en route to a 7-4 victory over Elon on Saturday on the second day of the Red & Black Showcase hosted by the University of Georgia.
Winthrop improves to 2-0 on the year while Elon falls to 0-2. Winthrop will wrap up the Red & Black showcase today against Cleveland State at noon and 20th ranked Georgia at 2 p.m.
Megan Evans, Megan Chapman, Tessa Thomas and Lisa Kingsmore all had RBI singles in the second inning to open things up for the Lady Eagles. Lenny Stoddart got things started with a one out single to center and Jo-Lynn Smith followed by reaching on an error to put two runners on.
Evans then stepped up and delivered her first collegiate base hit and RBI with a single to right. Chapman delivered a hit to right, scoring Smith for a 2-0 lead. After Chapman advanced to second on a wild pitch to put runners and second and third, Thomas picked up her first RBI of the season with a single to short. A Kingsmore single to short, scored Chapman. Thomas also scored on the play.
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"It's nice to get off to a 2-0 start," coach Mark Cooke said. "We hit the ball well again today. When Megan (Evans) got into trouble a bit in the sixth we were able to bring in Taylor Wright to get out of the jam and in the seventh Cari Wooldridge came in to close the door."
Elon got on the board in the third inning when Brandi Jones scored an unearned run on a ground out. Jones led off with a single, advanced to second and then third on an error by Pearl Coleshill after a bunt single by Jacqueline Gonzalez. Evans got Erin O'Shea to ground out to short, but Jones scored. Gonzalez tried to get to third, but Mallory Hogan's throw to third was in time to nail Gonzalez and end the inning.
The Lady Eagles put up two more runs in the fourth inning as Thomas led off with a single followed by a Kingsmore single to put two on right away. Coleshill doubled to right, scoring Thomas and putting Kingsmore on third. Hogan drove in Kingsmore on a ground out to first.
Winthrop had 12 hits and left seven runners on base. Evans tossed 5 1-3 innings, allowed three earned runs on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts to improve to 1-0 on the year. Wooldridge tossed the seventh, allowing a hit and striking out two to pick up her first save of the season.
Coleshill finished with three hits while Evans, Kingsmore and Thomas each had two hits each.