College Sports

Winthrop softball wins 2 with strong pitching

Winthrop pounded out 16 runs on 22 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep of Charlotte on Wednesday at Terry Field.

The Eagles won the first game 7-0 and the second 9-1 in six innings to improve to 10-10 on the season. With the two losses, Charlotte falls to 8-11.

Winthrop struck quickly in first game as Jo-Lynn Smith delivered a two-out single to the left side. After the first two batters grounded out, Stephanie Reid was hit by a pitch. That was followed by back-to-back walks that loaded the bases and Smith came through with the hit.

In the fifth, Winthrop exploded for five runs as Tessa Thomas got things going with one out on a bunt single. Lisa Kingsmore followed with a single to center and Reid followed with a single to right, scoring Thomas. Mallory Hogan singled up the middle to make it 5-0 as Kingsmore and Reid scored. With two outs, Veronica Berrie delivered an RBI single to right center for a 7-0 lead.

Megan Evans, despite a career-high five walks, kept the 49ers bats in check as she allowed just one hit in six innings of work with seven strikeouts. Her bid for a no-hitter was broken up in one out in the sixth inning. Evans moved to 4-4.

In the nightcap, Winthrop jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Hogan double to left center that scored Thomas and Reid.

Cari Wooldridge started on the mound for Winthrop. She allowed one run on 10 hits, with one walk and two strikeouts to improve to 5-5. Evans relieved her with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning and shut down Charlotte from there and earned her first career save.

"We got great pitching today," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke, who is now just one win shy of 600 for his career. "Megan and Cari pitched well. Cari just had some unfortunate bounces that led to infield singles. We had great hitting from a lot of people today and timely hitting for a change."

Thomas finished with four hits and four runs. Kingsmore also finished with four hits and extended her current hitting streak to 15 games, just one shy of her career-best. Hogan finished with three hits and five RBI as Jo-Lynn Smith also had three hits.

Winthrop is back in action Friday at Marietta, Ga., for the Buzz Classic as the defending champions. Winthrop opens against Akron at 11 a.m. and faces Vermont at 1 p.m.