Despite an explosive two-run first inning, the Winthrop baseball team fell 3-2 to The Citadel on Wednesday night at the Winthrop Ballpark.
Zach Sightler took the loss for the Eagles, giving up all three runs on five hits and falling to 1-1 on the year as The Citadel’s Austin Mason earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits.
Both teams came out strong, with each scoring runs in the first inning. The Citadel took the lead when Mason Davis scored on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Griffin. The Eagles answered back, first with Leighton Daniels coming home on a bases loaded walk by Babe Thomas. Chad Smith, who had singled then advanced on singles by TJ Olesczuk and Thomas, scored on a sacrifice fly by John Menken to bring the score to 2-1.
The Bulldogs came home once in each of the next two innings.
The Eagles almost pulled off the comeback in the eighth when Michael Patrick and Babe Thomas were in scoring position with no outs, but Skylar Hunter struck out the next three Winthrop hitters to get the save.
The Eagles return to Big South play this weekend in Conway, against Coastal Carolina.