CHARLESTON -- Winthrop split a doubleheader at Charleston Southern on Saturday, surviving an offensive barrage in a 21-15 Game 2 win after falling 13-5 in Game 1. The Buccaneers took the series 2-1, dropping the Eagles to 16-23 (6-6 Big South Conference), but Winthrop denied CSU (15-24, 4-8) a sweep by breaking out the bats.
"It was such a long day," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "I'm just proud of the way we hung in there after that loss in Game 1. We talked about getting tougher after Game 1 and they were tough and I'm proud of my guys for coming back to win Game 2 the way they did."
The two teams combined for 54 runs on 70 hits in the two games.
Sophomore John Murrian had his first career multi-homer game with two in Game 1. Kevin Nolan, Bryn Henderson, Eddie Rohan and Tyler McBride each went deep as well on Saturday.
The Eagles set a school record for most times hit by a pitch in a game. Five batters got plunked in Game 2.
Sophomore Jason Kosakow made his first Winthrop appearance in the first inning of Game 1. Starter Hamilton Bennett, who gave up six runs in 3 2-3 innings, fell to 0-8.
In Game 2, Nolan and junior first baseman Eddie Tisdale tied the school record for most at-bats in a nine-inning game -- each had seven. Tisdale also tied Winthrop's record for hits in one game (five).
Henderson drove in a career-high six runs, Rohan drove in a career-high five runs and McBride had four RBIs in Game 2. Billy Tinsley got the win, improving to 3-1.
Winthrop hosts Elon at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.