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Winthrop just looking to next season

Winthrop's season ended with a 9-7 loss to the Liberty Flames on Friday. The Eagles' 27 wins match the second-fewest in coach Joe Hudak's 19 years at the school. The low point for the program came in 2008 when the team finished 26-34.

50 WINS -- Coastal's 15-9 win over High Point gave them their fourth 50-win season since 2005.

GOING DEEP -- Coastal Carolina's Jose Iglesias hit one of the longer home runs in recent history at The Winthrop Ballpark. His drive left the yard between the scoreboard in left field and the black wall in center. It was the second of back-to-back homers for the Chants. Scott Woodward hit the previous pitch for a home run to right field.

COMEBACK WINS -- Coastal Carolina spotted High Point a 4-0 lead after two innings and then took the win, their 16th come-from-behind victory of the year. The 15 runs were the most in a tournament game for the Chants since scoring 20 in the 2008 opener vs. UNC Asheville.

10 OR MORE -- Coastal has scored 10 or more runs in each of its three tournament games. Liberty is the only team that can top that stat. In 2008 the Flames scored in double digits in four consecutive games.

DINNER CONVERSATION -- High Point freshman shortstop Mike Mercurio told his teammates over dinner this week that he had been saving his first career home run for the conference tournament. He made good on that promise with a second-inning solo shot off Coastal starter Josh Conway.

MOVIN' ON UP -- Winthrop junior Eddie Rohan's home run against Liberty on Friday moved him into a four-way tie for fifth place on the Big South's career list. Rohan has 42 homers and is tied with UNC Asheville's Brian Shehan as well as former Winthrop standouts Daniel Carte and Jacob Dempsey.

IT'S A HIT -- There were seven hit batsmen Thursday night in the High Point/Liberty game. The teams are rewriting the record book in that category. High Point broke the Big South mark Thursday night. Liberty tied it Friday afternoon. Both teams have been plunked 121 times.

THE TRANSFORMATION -- High Point freshman Kyle Wigmore spent the first half of the 2010 season as a seldom used infielder and pinch-runner. He convinced Panthers' coach Craig Cozart to give him a shot out of the bullpen. He's been one of the team's most effective relievers down the stretch and earned the win Thursday over Liberty.

3 FOR 3 -- Three times Liberty and Winthrop have faced each other more than once in a single conference tournament. Each time the Flames eliminated the Eagles.

FORMER CATCHER -- Rock Hill resident Jim Boyles was on hand for High Point's afternoon game with Coastal Carolina. Boyles was a catcher for High Point in 1961 and 1962.

GETTING A JUMP ON MEMORIAL DAY -- Winthrop baseball will honor all veterans and active members of the Armed Forces and National Guard today with free admission to the championship game. Immediate family members of those who have served or are serving can attend the game for $5. Game time is 1 p.m.