Heavy fog forces game to be halted

Winthrop's series opener with Southern Cal on Friday was suspended after dense fog rolled into The Winthrop Ballpark.

The game will resume at 12:30 p.m. today as part of a doubleheader, with Game 2 scheduled to start 30 minutes after the completion of Game 1. Game 1 will be finished no matter what, but since today's forecast is chilly and overcast, Game 2 may be postponed.

In that case, Games 2-3 will be played as a Sunday doubleheader. Times have yet to be determined. Check for updates.

The Trojans lead the Eagles 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning, with a runner at third base and nobody out.

The umpiring crew and coaches Chad Kreuter and Joe Hudak gathered to discuss the fog after Southern Cal's Anthony Vasquez lofted a pop-up to center field to lead off the sixth. Neither center fielder Tyler McBride nor left fielder Billy Froehlich ever saw it, the ball dropping between them for a triple.

Winthrop starter Ryan Schwartz was knocked out of the game in the third inning after giving up six hits, five runs and five walks. The Trojans scored in every inning but the fifth, including Derek Perren blasting the second pitch of the third inning onto Eden Terrace Road.

The Eagles scored two runs in the second inning and had the bases loaded with nobody out, but squandered the opportunity. They also left the bases loaded in the third.

Southern Cal's Tommy Milone struck out nine Eagles. Through eight and a half games, Winthrop has stranded 72 runners.

• NOTES: Bryan Bogue got his first career start, taking over in right field. ... Southern Cal has another couple of familiar names on the roster. First baseman Mike Roskopf transferred from N.C. State and outfielder Will Rice is a cousin of former NFL all-star Jerry Rice. ... Outfielder Jim Abbott -- no relation to the former one-handed major-league pitcher -- played football for the Trojans before coming out for the baseball team. His first play was against Florida International, where he misjudged a fly ball, took it over the eye and had to get stitches.