Bennett takes another hard-luck loss as Eagles fall to VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Winthrop freshman Hamilton Bennett suffered another hard-luck loss on Saturday, throwing his first career complete game and striking out 10 but falling to 0-6 after a 5-4 loss at VMI.

"He's hanging in there," coach Joe Hudak said of the former Fort Mill High School standout. "I talked to him and told him, 'Don't be discouraged. You're pitching well enough to win every game.'

"He threw (eight) innings and had nine baserunners. They just strung five baserunners together in one inning."

Winthrop (10-16, 1-1 Big South Conference) couldn't make a 4-0 advantage in the fourth inning last when Bennett was tagged with two straight hits. A.J. Yoder, Tanner Biagini and Jordan Ballard each hit doubles to tie the game at 4 before the Eagles stopped the damage.

"I would take the blame for that inning," Hudak said. "I called too many fastballs away."

Winthrop had already knocked Michael Bowman around to score its runs but couldn't solve the big right-hander afterward. The Eagles only got one hit after the fourth.

Brian Sandridge crunched a solo home run off Bennett in the sixth to notch the game-winning run.

The loss spoiled the afterglow of an 11-3 conference-opening win the day before and also the continued hot bat of captain Billy Froehlich. The senior drove in two runs on two hits while Kevin Nolan (nine games) and Eddie Tisdale (10) each extended their hitting streaks.

Freshman Eddie Rohan also hit his fourth homer of the season.

The Eagles and Keydets finish the series at 1 p.m. today. Senior Ryan Mullins is expected to start.

• NOTE --Hudak announced the addition of another game against Lipscomb.

With the addition of a 6 p.m. match-up on May 2, the Eagles and the Bisons will now play four games as opposed as the originally scheduled three-game series.

The May 3 doubleheader has been moved to 3 p.m., while game on May 4 remains at 2 p.m.