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Eagles' Manders finishes second at golf tourney

HOUSTON -- Winthrop junior golfer Kelly Manders fired a four-under 68 in the final round of the Rice Intercollegiate on Tuesday, finishing second with a 54-hole total of 218.

Manders' 2-over 218 (77-73-68) was one shot behind Louisiana Tech's Amrith de Soysa. Baylor won the team title by two strokes over UC Davis. Winthrop finished 10th out of 12 teams.

Senior Pete Alminas tied for 23rd with a 224 (76-72-76). Freshman Jacob Carlsson tied for 40th at 231 (75-77-79). Another freshman, Cipriano Ayala, shot a 243 (80-73-80) and tied for 45th. Rounding out the scoring was junior Brent Martin in 56th place with a 241 (85-77-79).

• WOMEN'S TENNIS -- At Greenville, Winthrop was swept by Furman 7-0 at the Mickel Tennis Center on Tuesday.

The loss dropped the Lady Eagles to 1-7.

Furman won two of the three of the doubles matches against the Lady Eagles, which clinched the doubles point and gave it an early 1-0 lead. Patricia Coimbra and Larisa Bekmetova won the only doubles match for the Eagles, defeating Christina Swindall and Wanjiku Ngaruiya 8-4.

The Paladins also swept all six of the singles matches. The closest match for Winthrop came in the No. 6 singles match, when Paula Pereira fell to Jennifer Betts 6-3, 6-2.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, as they begin Big South Conference play on the road against Radford at 1 p.m.

"We were tired from the Mobile trip," Winthrop coach Cid Carvalho said. "We did not play our best match, but it was understandable. Furman is a very good team and we knew we had to play our best against them."

• SOFTBALL -- The Eagles' pushed USC Upstate to 8 innings and attempted to rally late in the game, but it wasn't enough to pull off a win against the Spartans.

The Eagles struggled offensively with a string of pop-ups and groundouts with only one hit from Tessa Thomas until the fifth inning. Designated hitter Jo-Lynn Smith hit a solo homer in an effort to close in on the Spartans' 2-0 lead.

In the sixth inning the Spartans were unable to handle a bunt, allowing Lisa Kingsmore to reach first, and Thomas to advance to third on a bad throw. Thomas was later able to tag up and score on a sac fly from Mallory Hogan.

In the eighth inning, Sarah Magee was placed on second. A bunt from Pearl Coleshill moved Magee to third putting her in position to score on a sacrifice fly to right field from Thomas, giving the Eagles the lead.

The Spartans were quick to answer with Shay Slater's double to tie the game. A single from Heidi Gibbs put runners on first and third. Eagle pitcher Megan Evans intentionally walked designated hitter Vanesa Flores, leaving the bases loaded for left fielder Amber Patterson. Patterson's single to right field gave the Spartan's the winning run, ending the game 4-3.

In the second game, the Eagles' bats were warmed up, producing two runs in the first inning. Thomas doubled to right center and scored on an up the middle shot from Kingsmore.

Stephanie Reid got on with a single and advanced to second on Smith's base hit. After Reid scored off of Hogan's double down the right field line, the Spartans made a quick pitching change, putting Brittany Rice on the mound.

Kim Brasil started things off for the Spartans with a single to center. A throwing error by Magee allowed Slater on at first and Brasil to advance to third, followed by a hit from Gibbs.

The Spartans attempted to respond to the Eagles' offensive display, but were only able to come up with 2 runs in the fifth inning. Eagle pitcher Cari Wooldridge handled Spartan hitters easily allowing just seven hits, two earned runs and three walks. Trottier closed the game in the seventh inning, striking out one and forcing two grounders to protect the Eagles' lead and win, 10-4.

"Our defense was a little shaky in the second game, but we hit the ball well," Cooke said. The Eagles produced 13 hits in game two.

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