Winthrop got a sour homecoming on Friday, falling 4-3 to High Point in its first game at The Winthrop Ballpark since March 24.
A 3-2 sixth-inning lead disappeared when starter Ryan Schwartz (3-4) gave up a single and a one-out walk. Billy Tinsley relieved but was rapped for an RBI double off the wall from pinch-hitter Chris Norwood.
Drew Geissinger drove home the go-ahead run with a single off Matteo D'Angelo and the Eagles couldn't recover.
"We disappeared offensively after the fifth inning," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "In close ballgames, little things you don't do end up costly. We didn't play a very good ball game and didn't deserve to win today."
The Eagles (13-20, 3-4 Big South Conference) blew a golden opportunity in the seventh after John Murrian and Bennett Jordan collected back-to-back walks to open the frame. Aaron Bonomi tapped a grounder that forced out Murrian at third but there were still two men on.
Louis Ullrich pinch-hit for Eddie Tisdale but struck out looking and Kevin Nolan grounded out. Winthrop went down in order to close the game.
The Panthers (13-20, 6-4) won their ninth of 11 games with only five hits given up. Ryan Basham (1-4) got his first win of the season while Randy Schwartz belted a 3-1 fastball over the fence.
The Eagles' Bryn Henderson was 2-for-4 with a double and Murrian had two RBIs.
"The bottom line is that we gave up four runs and we lost," Hudak said. "Most times, in college baseball, if you give up four runs you shouldn't lose, especially when you are up early in the ballgame. You give credit to High Point's pitching, they threw well, but we just kind of disappeared."
The Eagles and the Panthers will be back in action at 4 p.m. today.