College Sports

Eagles stay on top of Big South standings

RADFORD, Va. -- Behind two solid pitching performances, Winthrop swept Radford in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Lady Eagles won Game 1 2-0 and Game 2 6-2.

Winthrop improved to 22-14 and stayed undefeated in the Big South Conference at 5-0. The Highlanders fell to 25-10 and 0-2.

Tessa Thomas' two-run home run in the third inning and Megan Evans' complete-game shutout led Winthrop in Game 1. Evans struck out nine and improved to 10-5. She scattered five hits and walked three.

In Game 2, Cari Wooldridge allowed no earned runs on four hits and Winthrop scored six unanswered runs. Wooldridge struck out five and walked a batter and Winthrop's bats pounded 14 hits.

Radford took advantage of three errors in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. With two outs and runners at second and third, a low throw allowed Everhart and Rhodes to score.

The Lady Eagles tied it in the top of the second on RBI singles from Carole Reda and Sarah Magee.

Winthrop added four more in the top of the third, highlighted by home runs from Mallory Hogan and Lenny Stoddart. After the first run scored on an error, Hogan drilled a ball deep over the center field fence for a 5-2 Winthrop lead. With two outs, Stoddart ripped a round-tripper to center, making it 6-2.

The teams will meet in the final game of the series at 1 p.m. today.

• WOMEN'S GOLF -- At Richmond, Ky., Jutta Degerman finished second to mimic Winthrop's team performance at the EKU Spring Invitational.

Winthrop finished with a 626, 20 shots back of champion Eastern Michigan. Tennessee Tech was third and host Eastern Kentucky and Evansville tied for fourth.

Degerman and EMU's Stephany Fleet were tied for first after the first round but Fleet's 73 on Saturday was enough for a one-shot victory and medalist honors.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- Trevor Beesley won the men's 5,000 meters at the Duke Invitational.

Rebecca Holmes placed second in the women's 400 hurdles, Carly Moss was third in the women's 5,000 and Ashley Howard was fifth in the discus.

• BASEBALL, TENNIS, MEN'S GOLF RAINED OUT -- Saturday's baseball game in Conway between No. 24 Coastal Carolina and Winthrop was postponed until today. The two teams will finish the series with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

Winthrop's tennis match against Coastal Carolina did not take place due to soggy conditions in Rock Hill.

The men's match has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday in Conway, while the women's match will not be made up.

The Eagles are back in action at 1 p.m. today as the men and women play at UNC Asheville.

At Greenville, N.C., the second round of the Ironwood Pirate Intercollegiate on Saturday was washed out. The tournament will continue beginning at 7:30 a.m. today.

Newberry is in first place, four shots over Liberty. Winthrop is in seventh, 12 shots back.

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