After eight days off, the Winthrop softball team was ready to play as it turned in a 1-0 victory in game one and tried to rally in game two before falling 6-4 in a doubleheader with Charlotte on Tuesday evening at Terry Field.
Winthrop fell to 16-34 on the year as it wrapped up its 2012 home schedule. Charlotte is now 27-13 on the year.
Game one saw two impressive performances in the circle by Natalie Becker and Lexi Betancourt.
After five and a half scoreless innings, Winthrop finally broke through. Becker reached with a one-out single to right center to try and help her own cause. Becker was replaced at first by pinch runner Paige Hartfield, who moved over to third on a double by Megan Chapman. Chapman laced a ball down the right field line that right fielder Hayley Lewis tried to dive for the ball but it was out of her reach.
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The hit rolled over the right field line and out of play into the visiting bullpen as Chapman was running to third so she was called back to second. McKenzi Corn stepped in and hit a high fly ball to deep center, allowing Hartfield to tag up and score from third.
Becker earned the win and improved to 10-13 on the year as she allowed no runs on two hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Winthrop led early, but Charlotte used the long ball to earn the victory.
Charlotte came out swinging in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Fennell drew a walk and that was followed by a two-run home run by Chelsea Ingersoll over the left field fence to tie the game at 2-2.
Winthrop ran into more trouble in the sixth inning when Ingersoll led off with a walk and then reached on a fielder’s choice. Schoenfeldt, who relieved Allen, struck out Rogers before giving up a three-run home run to Vela to left center. That gave Charlotte a 6-2 lead.
Winthrop heads to Conway this weekend for a three-game series that starts Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and will then play its final regular season game Sunday at 1 p.m.
• Winthrop women’s soccer player Ashley Herndon and men’s track and field athlete Jared Baird have each been named a 2012 All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The NSCA All-American award, in its 33rd year, awarded 225 collegiate and high school athletes from 90 different schools this year.
• Winthrop’s women’s tennis team will be making its 12th NCAA championship tournament appearance in the past 14 years next week when it faces No. 3 seeded Duke on Friday, May 11 at the Ambler Tennis Stadium.