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Eagles club Bulldogs in Charleston

CHARLESTON -- Winthrop broke out the bats on Wednesday, posting 14 hits in an 11-6 defeat of The Citadel.

Winthrop improved to 9-15 while The Citadel dropped to 14-9.

Redshirt freshman right-hander Wade Newman (1-1), making his second start of the season, got his first collegiate win with 2 1-3 shutout innings. Newman gave up one hit and two walks, striking out three, setting up a rotation of eight other pitchers for the night.

"Wade is going to be something special for us," coach Joe Hudak said. "I was excited to see him pitch the way he is capable of pitching."

Sophomore shortstop Kevin Nolan got four hits in six at-bats with two RBIs. Despite not picking up a hit, junior third baseman Bryn Henderson drove in three runs.

"We played a good ballgame against a good club," Hudak said. "We swung the bats real well and I thought all in all, our pitching staff threw very well."

Left-hander Chris McGuiness got the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits with one strikeout in two innings. Matt Reifsnider, who pitched against Winthrop one year ago, was the highlight of the Bulldogs' offense with three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs.

The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Freshman Bennett Jordan beat out Kyle Jordan's throw for a one-out infield single. Jordan stole his first base and advanced to third behind a line-drive single from Aaron Bonomi.

A wild pitch from McGuiness allowed Jordan to score as Bonomi took second base. A deep fly ball to right field by Henderson was enough to score Bonomi from third.

Winthrop stretched the lead to 6-0, held off a three-run charge from The Citadel, and added five more runs in the sixth. A bases-loaded, no-out situation in the ninth only yielded one Bulldog run and Winthrop won its sixth in seven games.

The Eagles begin conference play with three games at VMI this weekend.

• N.C. STATE 2-8, WINTHROP 0-0 -- In Raleigh, N.C., the Winthrop softball team lost both games of a doubleheader against N.C. State. The Eagles (17-13) fell 2-0 in Game 1 in 11 innings and dropped the second game 8-0.

After Alyssa Allbritten hit an 11th-inning one-out single in Game 1, Kristine Bechtholdt followed with a two-run walk-off home run. In Game 2, it was a mix of good pitching from N.C. State and fielding errors by the Eagles that made the difference. The Eagles committed three errors that led to four unearned runs.

Sophomore Megan Evans started Game 1 but left after tossing seven innings, allowing no runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Izzy Trottier suffered the loss, throwing 3 1-3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Mangum McKenzie tossed a perfect game in the nightcap, striking out 10 to improve to 8-4.

"I felt like we played pretty well today and the first game was a tough loss," coach Mark Cooke said. "In the second game, we committed too many errors and let the game get away from us."

Winthrop opens Big South Conference action against Charleston Southern on Friday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The final game of the series is at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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