The Winthrop softball team will host the adidas Invitational beginning on Friday. There are nine teams participating in the three-day event. Tickets are $5 a day or $10 for the weekend.
Most of last year's tournament was rained out and no champion was crowned.
Winthrop (3-10) has played just one home game thus far, a 6-1 loss to South Carolina. The Lady Eagles will be looking to snap an eight-game losing streak. They open the tournament against UNC Wilmington at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Winthrop coach Mark Cooke has a young team. Sophomores Teja Durante (.360) and Chelsey Schoenfeldt (.357) have the top batting averages. Freshman pitcher Natalie Becker has started seven games and owns a 2-4 record with a 3.33 ERA. She has 52 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Here's the complete schedule:
Friday (Terry Field): Winthrop vs. UNC Wilmington, 11 a.m.; Wright State vs. George Washington, 1 p.m.; Winthrop vs. Wright State, 3 p.m.; Charlotte vs. Providence, 5 p.m. Field C: Providence vs. Towson, 11 a.m.; Charlotte vs. Cleveland State, 1 p.m.; UNC Wilmington vs. Cleveland State, 3 p.m.; Gardner-Webb vs. Towson, 5 p.m.; Gardner-Webb vs. George Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday (Terry Field): Towson vs. Wright State, 11 a.m.; Winthrop vs. Cleveland State, 1 p.m.; Providence vs. Gardner-Webb, 3 p.m.; Charlotte vs. Towson, 5 p.m.; George Washington vs. Winthrop, 7 p.m. Field C: George Washington vs. Charlotte, 11 a.m.; UNC Wilmington vs. Providence, 1 p.m.; Wright State vs. UNC Wilmington, 3 p.m.; Cleveland State vs. Gardner-Webb, 5 p.m.
Sunday (Terry Field): Towson vs. Cleveland State, 9 a.m.; George Washington vs. Winthrop, 11 a.m. Field C: Providence vs. Wright State, 9 a.m.; UNC Wilmington vs. Gardner-Webb, 11 a.m.
CRAIG IS A-SUN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- Torrey Craig, out of Great Falls High, was named the Atlantic Sun's Freshman of the Year last week. Craig, who was a unanimous selection to the A-Sun's All-Freshman Team, led the Spartans in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg) this season. He also led the team in total defensive rebounds (148) and steals (29), while tying for the team lead in offensive rebounds (68). Craig ranked second in both blocked shots (11) and assists (44).
Craig was a two-time Newcomer of the Week selection (Nov. 23; Dec. 7) and ranked in the top eight in five different A-Sun statistical categories. He finished the regular-season third in defensive rebounding (4.93 drpg), fourth in rebounding, fifth in 3-point field goals made (2.27 pg), sixth in offensive rebounding (2.27 orpg) and eighth in scoring.
KALUNGI ON UGANDAN NATIONAL TEAM -- Henry Kalungi, a former standout defender on the Winthrop men's soccer team, was called to duty for the Ugandan national team last week. He will join the team for the African Cup of Nations 2012 qualifier with Guinea Bissau on March 26, 2011.
"We are all extremely proud and happy for Henry," said Winthrop head coach Rich Posipanko. "Like Henry has said, it is an honor for any athlete to compete at the highest level and for your country. He deserves everything he gets out of soccer. His attitude, his work ethic and his desire to succeed are very professional, and he's one of the best players I ever coached. I truly think his best years are ahead of him."
Kalungi is a member of the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League Second Division. He has earned three USL Second Division Player of the Week Honors in his two seasons.
At Winthrop, he was a three-year starter where he earned All-Conference and All-Region honors. Prior to his arrival at Winthrop, Kalungi was a member of the U-20 Uganda National Team.
MANCHESTER CUP -- Fourteen college teams and four high schools will participate in this year's Manchester Cup soccer tournament on March 25 and 26 at the Manchester Meadows soccer complex in Rock Hill.
The Winthrop women's team will open the tournament on March 25 with a 4 p.m. match with Belmont Abbey. The Winthrop men will wrap up the event with an 8:45 p.m. match with College of Charleston.
Check winthropeagles.com for more details.
ROBBINS, LANDER IN NCAA TOURNAMENT -- Former York standout Nardia Robbins and her No. 4-ranked Lander women's basketball team will be making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament when the Southeast Regional begins this weekend at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.
The second-seeded Bearcats (27-3) will face seventh-seeded Wingate (19-9) on Friday.