Veronica Berrie and Ashlee Revell each drove in two runs and Cari Wooldridge tossed a five-hitter to lead Winthrop to an 11-0 victory over Charleston Southern in five innings on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back as they improve to 23-18 overall and 6-5 in the Big South. Charleston Southern evens its overall record to 23-23-1 and is now 7-8 in the league.
"We hit the ball well today and Cari was very solid," Winthrop coach Mark Cooke said. "She kept their big hitters off pace and we were able to get hits with runners in scoring position. We were able to jump on them in the first and we stayed on them the entire game."
Winthrop loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning and scored the first run as Revell drew a walk. That was followed with a Brittany Stoudemire single up the middle, scoring two runs. Revell made it 4-0 in favor of Winthrop after she singled to right, scoring Berrie.
In the fourth inning, Pearl Coleshill scored on an error by the right fielder and Berrie singled to right, scoring Taylor Wright for a 6-0 lead. Winthrop finished the game in five innings as it posted five more runs behind RBI singles by Berrie and Wright.
Berrie finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases as she extended her hitting streak to six games. Wright was 3-for-4 and had a very good weekend at the plate going 7-for-12 with three runs and three RBIs. Revell and Coleshill each have four-game hitting streaks.
Wooldridge allowed no runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout and is now 13-9 on the year. Sondra Vetter (8-13) took the loss for CSU as she allowed four unearned runs on five hits with two walks and no strikeouts in two innings.
TENNIS -- In Lynchburg, Va., the men's and women's tennis teams won their last conference match of the regular season as both beat the Liberty Flames 7-0 and 6-1 respectively.
With the win, the men improve to 10-11 (5-1 Big South) on the season, while the women are now 13-8 (6-1).
The Eagles are waiting for today's match between Radford and UNC Asheville to know their seed in the conference tournament next week. If Radford wins, the Eagles will be seed no. 2 in the tournament and co-champions of the regular season with the Highlanders. If Radford loses, the Eagles will be the only champion of the regular season and seed no. 1 in the Big South championship.
For the women, the win guarantees the No. 2 seed in the Big South tournament. Charleston Southern will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Both squads will head to Radford, Va., next week where they will play in the Big South championship starting on Thursday.
TRACK AND FIELD -- In Charleston, the women's track and field team finished fourth while the men's team was eighth in the 2010 Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships which concluded Saturday at the Bagwell-Settle Track Complex on the campus of Charleston Southern. Liberty captured both the men's and women's titles.
Winthrop's top female performances came from the 4x400 meter relay team which captured first place with a time of 3:43.64, and senior hurdler Rebecca Holmes who won the 100 meter hurdles title with a time of 13.90.
Other top performances for the Winthrop women came from senior throws specialist Ashley Howard, senior distance runner Carey Phillips, and junior sprinter Sasha Robinson. Howard finished second in the discus (153 ft, 6 in.) and shot put (41 ft, 9 in.). Phillips finished second in the 5,000 meter run (18:09.35) and the 10,000 meter run (38:08.60) while Robinson was second in the 400 meter dash (54.57 sec.). Robinson also ran the final leg of the 4x400 meter relay team.
Winthrop's top men's performances came from junior hurdler Keary Simms and sophomore throws specialist Billy Pearce. Simms finished second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.11 sec. while Pearce claimed second place in the discus (159 feet) and was third in the shot put (51 ft, 6.25 in.).