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Softball falls at Leadoff Classic

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Winthrop softball team wrapped up play on Sunday afternoon at the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 3-0 loss to Tennessee Tech.

It was the Eagles' third straight loss as they fall to 8-10 on the season while Tennessee Tech improved to 7-11-1.

Cari Wooldridge started the game and allowed two runs in the first inning. Wooldridge gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Stephanie Fischer. She settled down over the next three innings and then allowed one more run in the fifth inning as Katie Betry singled to score Lacie Coquerille. Izzy Trottier replaced Wooldridge after the Betry single and finished the rest of the game allowing just one hit. Wooldridge fell to 4-5 on the year as she allowed all three runs on four hits with no walks and a strikeout.

Winthrop will be back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 5 at 2 p.m. when it hosts Charlotte.

• MEN'S TENNIS -- The Winthrop men's tennis team defeated the USC Upstate Spartans 5-2 at The Winthrop Memorial Courts.

The win improves the Eagles' record to 4-5 on the year, while the Spartans dropped to 8-3 with the loss.

Winthrop took an early 1-0 lead against USC Upstate by winning two of the three doubles matches and clinching the doubles point.

The Eagles would take the 1-0 lead into the singles competition, and would win four of the six matches. Rodrigo Santos, playing No. 1 singles, won his third straight match by defeating Sandy Franz 6-2, 6-2. In the No. 2 singles match, Vinicius Bortolatto had to hold off Airaldi, defeating him in three sets 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 (9). Arthur Takahashi won his No. 4 singles match against Tori 6-3, 6-4. Marcin Majchrzak defeated Osorio in the No. 6 singles match 6-4, 6-3.

Winthrop will be back in action on Saturday as they open Big South Conference play at 12 p.m. against Liberty.

• WOMEN'S TENNIS -- The Winthrop women's tennis team survived a close match against USC Upstate by defeating the Spartans 4-3 at The Winthrop Memorial Courts.

The win improves the Lady Eagles' record to 3-8 on the year, while USC Upstate falls to 7-2.

The Lady Eagles fell behind early 1-0 as the Spartans clinched the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches.

Winthrop bounced back in singles play as it won four of the six matches to clinch the victory. Elizaveta Zaytseva, playing in the No. 1 singles match, defeated Novo 6-3, 7-5. In the No. 2 doubles match, Patricia Coimbra won her match against Milanovic 6-3, 6-1. Larisa Bekmetova won her No. 4 singles match by defeating Daniela Lovera 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Paula Pereira, playing in the No. 6 singles match, defeated Herrera 6-0, 7-6.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to take on Big South Conference opponent Liberty at 12 p.m.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- In Clemson, Kandrick Cooper and Ashley Howard brought home conference titles as five athletes were named to the New Balance All-Big South Indoor Championships team this past weekend.

Cooper won the 60m hurdles a record fourth time, easily outdistancing Liberty's Matt Parker in 8.10 seconds.

Ashley Howard took back the conference lead and title in the 25-pound weight with an opening toss of 17.04 meters. Her throw shattered her two-week-old record of 16.86, giving her a first conference title.

Winthrop's men finished sixth in the meet with 66.5 points, only 20 points out of third place. Liberty won for the 11th straight time with a total of 223 points. The women scored 50 points for a sixth-place finish as Coastal claimed the title with 202.5 points.

Seniors Matt Elliot, Cooper and Jason Williams will travel to Blacksburg, Va., next weekend to face some tough competition at the Virginia Tech NCAA Last Chance Qualifier.

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