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Winthrop sweeps Liberty in Big South softball

The Winthrop softball team ended its losing streak with an impressive doubleheader sweep at Big South foe Liberty on Friday evening.

The Eagles started the day with a 1-0 victory followed by a 4-2 win in the nightcap.

With the wins, Winthrop improved to 13-21 overall and 2-4 in league play. Liberty is now 9-18 overall and 3-4 in the league.

Sophomore Natalie Becker tossed a three-hit complete game shutout with four walks and nine strikeouts to earn the win in game one and also snagged the win in game two in relief as she tossed 2.2 innings, allowing a hit with no walks and two strikeouts.

Becker is now 7-8.

Becker battled Alyssa DiMartino in the circle as both had impressive outings, but the Eagles were able to find a way to score one in the fourth, which became the game-winning run. The lone run came off the bat of junior Chelsey Schoenfeldt as she led off the inning with a solo shot to center. It was her fourth home run of the season.

The teams will wrap up the series today at 1 p.m.

Track and field

Winthrop’s women claimed three second place finishes while the men had a first place and a third place finish in final events during the second day of the 2012 Winthrop Track and Field Invitational.

The meet wraps up today at the John Belk Track Complex.

Senior Mariam Abdullah finished second in the women’s long jump while freshman distance runner Jessica Whitmire claimed second place in the 5000 meters and sophomore Jeanne Stroud ran second in the 10,000 meters.

Senior distance runner Adam Fruedenthal captured the 10K with a time of 31:58.30. Freshman Doug Gibson claimed third in the men’s long jump with a distance of 6.67 meters.

Abdullah had a leap of 5.47 meters as she came up one-quarter of an inch behind event winner Brittany Tyree of Ohio University.

Baseball

Winthrop’s Matt Pierpont tossed his second complete game of the season, while Patrick Gamblin hit a key eighth-inning home run as the Eagles picked up their first conference win of the season — a 4-1 victory over the Gardner-Webb.

Winthrop improved to 8-19 on the season and 1-3 in conference play, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs fell to 15-12 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

Pierpont (3-4) allowed just one run in the contest on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts while picking up his second career complete game.

He earned Big South Pitcher of the Week honors for his complete game shutout of Rider on Mar. 16.

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