College Sports

Eagles start BSC play with win

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Winthrop women's tennis team opened up its 2008 Big South Conference season on a positive note as it defeated Radford 6-1 at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the campus of Virginia Tech.

The win improves the Lady Eagles' record to 2-7 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the loss drops Radford to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Winthrop will be back in action on Saturday as it will take on Troy at the Winthrop Memorial Courts at 11 a.m.

• SOFTBALL -- In Botetourt, Va., solid hitting and pitching helped the Eagles to a 4-1 victory over Rutgers and 8-2 victory over St. Joseph's in the opening day of the Hokies United Memorial Tournament.

With the win, the Eagles move above .500 for the first time this season at 5-4.

"We hit well, we played good defense and pitched well," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke, who is now six wins shy of 600 in his career. "We just really played well today."

Lefty Megan Evans tossed 5 2-3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the year. Izzy Trottier pitched the final 1 1-3 inningsto earn the seventh save of her career.

In the second game, Cari Wooldridge improved to 3-2 on the season after she allowed two earned runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work. Trottier tossed the final inning allowing a hit and striking out one.

The Eagles face Troy at 11 a.m. today and will then get into pool play, which will begin at 1:15 p.m.