ELON, N.C. -- Winthrop shook its inability to score but was undone by the long ball, giving up three home runs in an 8-7 loss to Elon on Tuesday. The Eagles dropped their fourth straight and eighth of nine.
Greg Annarummo and Mike Melillo connected on back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and Bennett Davis hit a back-breaking three-run shot in the seventh as the Phoenix improved to 14-1. Winthrop outhit Elon 16-11 but couldn't overcome the last homer.
Winthrop (3-9) was down 5-0 after the fifth inning but began to rally in the sixth. Billy Froehlich knocked in the team's first two runs with a two-out double and was followed by Bryn Henderson's RBI single.
The Eagles broke out the two-out magic again in the following frame after Tyler McBride was thrown out at the plate. A failed pickoff allowed Kevin Nolan to reach second base while Eddie Tisdale scampered to third, and John Murrian delivered a two-run single to left that tied the score.
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Mike Ritson, who relieved starter Billy Tinsley in the fifth, departed in favor of Josh McDonald in the sixth. McDonald got out of the sixth with no trouble but ran into Davis in the seventh.
Davis smoked a one-out pitch out of the park for a three-run homer and an 8-5 lead. The Eagles responded in the eighth with three straight singles to load the bases with nobody out, bringing up Tisdale.
Tisdale grounded into a double play but one run scored. Then Nolan reached on an error, allowing Aaron Bonomi to score, but Murrian popped up to end the threat with the Eagles still trailing 8-7.
Eddie Rohan led off the ninth with a single but Froehlich grounded into a double play. Henderson flew out to right to end the threat and the game.
McDonald (0-2) took the loss.
Winthrop returns home to face College of Charleston (10-4) at 6 p.m. today. Junior Dave Carbonell (0-1, 1.35 ERA) is scheduled to start.