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Men's, women's tennis teams win tourney titles

The Winthrop women's tennis team captured the Big South championship title for the 13th time as it beat Charleston Southern 4-0 on Saturday.

With the win, Winthrop improves to 16-8 on the season and makes it to the NCAA tournament for the third straight season.

Meanwhile, in a dramatic 4-3 match, the men's team captured the championship as it defeated the No. 1 seed Radford.

With the win, Winthrop improves to 13-11 on the season and guarantees a spot in the NCAA tennis championships.

SOFTBALL -- Home runs by Megan Chapman and Taylor Wright helped Winthrop to a 3-1 victory over Radford to earn a split in doubleheader action at Terry Field. Radford won the first game 10-1.

The Lady Eagles improve to 24-21 overall and 7-6 in the Big South while Radford is now 30-13 overall and 15-2 in the league. The win in game one gave Radford the No. 1 seed overall in the Big South tournament in a couple of weeks as it clinched at least a share of first in the standings with Liberty.

After falling in the first game, Winthrop bounced back behind a couple of home runs and the pitching performance of Megan Evans. The senior lefty cooled off a Radford team that had 10 runs on 14 hits (five home runs) in the first game as she allowed one run on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts and is now 10-6 on the year.

Megan Chapman got things going right off the bat for the Lady Eagles and just as she did in the first game of the twin bill, she led off the first inning with a home run to left field. Chapman finished the day a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate with two runs and two RBI.

In the first game of the day, Cari Wooldridge suffered the loss as she allowed eight runs on 12 hits with two walks and four strikeouts and is now 13-11 on the season. Chelsea Kelley earned the win for Radford as she allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

The two teams will wrap-up the three-game series at 2 p.m. today. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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