Winthrop scored more runs in Game 4 of its Banana Split Series than in the previous three games combined.
The White team, keyed by a fifth-inning three-run homer from York native Bennett Jordan, won 10-9 Friday, tying the series at two wins each. The Cardinal and White will clash at 2 p.m. today and Sunday to decide who will buy a round of banana splits at the team's pre-final exams banquet.
In the event of a tie, each player will buy his own split. But Jordan, a freshman outfielder, was confident he and his White teammates could win the next two games and get to enjoy a Cardinal-bought treat.
"No doubt," he said. "We got Robert Lake pitching today, he got the win the first time we played. I definitely think we're going to win the rest of the games."
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Jordan was hit in the chest by a pitch in the first inning but stayed in the game. He came to bat in the fifth after the White team rallied from a 7-5 deficit to tie it.
With two strikes and two outs, Jordan lasered a fastball over the left-field fence for a 10-7 lead. The bats, which produced 17 runs and 23 hits through five innings (16 runs and 34 hits were collected in Games 1-3), mostly stayed silent for the duration, but it was enough.
"I think we showed what kind of club we can be offensively," said Cardinal coach Mike McGuire, who challenged the Eagles to improve their swinging after a pitching-dominated performance last weekend.
Freshman Eddie Rohan smacked a two-run homer for the Cardinal. Rock Hill native Cam Walters earned the save, pitching around two walks and a bases-loaded jam in the final frame.
The teams also combined for seven errors, one more than in the three other games.
"I just think we had a bad day defensively," said coach Joe Hudak, who let his assistants manage the two teams while he acted as Series Commissioner and PA announcer. "Several were just routine errors."
"I was pleased with the way we came out," said White coach Stas Swerdzewski. "Our hitters came out swinging."