AUBURN, Ala. -- The Winthrop softball team dropped its second straight one-run game Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Middle Tennessee State at the War Eagle Classic.
Middle Tennessee's two-run fifth inning proved to be enough.
"We played hard-nosed softball today and just didn't win," coach Mark Cooke said. "We played our style and ran the bases well, but just couldn't get runs when we needed."
In the fifth, the Blue Raiders (1-7) got a one-out single from Tobie Joy, who was then sacrificed to second. Brittney Banania and Shelby Barrett followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Corrie Abel came through with a single to center, scoring Banania and Barrett.
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Winthrop (3-4) answered with a two-out run in the bottom of the fifth as Tessa Thomas scored from second on a bad throw after a single by Lisa Kingsmore. Kingsmore advanced to third on the error, setting up an opportunity to tie. But Pearl Coleshill struck out to end the inning.
Megan Evans (2-1) got the loss, tossing 4 2-3 innings. She gave up two runs on two hits and struck out two. Taylor Wright pitched the rest of the game, giving up one hit and striking out three.
Lindsey Vander Lugt pitched a complete game for Middle Tennessee, allowing one run on four hits and striking out nine.
Winthrop wraps up the War Eagle Classic at 12:30 p.m. today against Purdue.
• TRACK AND FIELD -- In Blacksburg, Va., Travis Coleman and Billy Pearce had a good tuneup for next week's Big South Conference Indoor Championship, as both placed eighth in their respective events at the Virginia Tech Challenge.
Pearce threw a season-best 15.09 meters to qualify for the finals in the weight throw, and placed 8th with a 15.02. Coleman qualified for the shot put finals with a 15.73-meter effort, just eight inches short of the school record, then had a best throw of 15.72 in the finals.