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Eagles sweep Birmingham-Southern

Lenny Stoddart went 4-for-5 with four RBIs that included a solo home run to help lead Winthrop to a doubleheader sweep of Birmingham-Southern with 6-0 and 2-0 victories Saturday at Terry Field.

The day started off with a three-hour rain delay, but that didn't seem to affect the Eagles at all as they didn't allow any runs, scored eight runs on 17 total hits and allowed just one walk the entire day.

"We played great today," said coach Mark Cooke. "We played solid all around and did what we had to win. Lenny and Lisa (Kingsmore) were solid at the plate today. It was a great overall day for Winthrop softball."

Winthrop (24-15, 7-1 Big South) received strong pitching performances from Megan Evans and Cari Wooldridge. Evans allowed just three hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts in six innings of work in the first game to improve to 12-5 on the year. Wooldridge tossed a complete-game shutout in the nightcap, allowing three hits and striking out nine to move to 11-8 on the year.

Stoddart got the offense going in the first game as she doubled to right center in the fourth inning, scoring Stephanie Reid. Reid led off the inning with a single and stole second.

In the fifth inning, Tessa Thomas singled to short with two outs and Kingsmore followed with an opposite-field home run to make it 3-0. Mallory Hogan doubled to lead off the sixth inning to get things going again for Winthrop. After Katie Smith sacrificed pinch-runner Erica Spradley to third, Stoddart ripped a ball to left field that was caught. Spradley tagged up and was able to score on the line drive. Sarah Magee added an RBI single and Thomas singled down the left field line to drive in Magee.

Birmingham-Southern's Janira Santiago suffered the loss on the hill as she allowed all six runs on 11 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

In game two, it was Stoddart again that got the offense going as she homered to left center, her third of the season. Both pitchers battled back and forth over the next three innings and the Eagles were able to add an insurance run in the sixth. Reid led off with a single and came around to score on a Stoddart single to center.

Bethney Reynoldson was solid on the mound for the Panthers in game two as she allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts, but fell to 16-9 on the year.

Kingsmore finished the day 3-for-6 and extended her current hitting streak to seven games. Thomas and Magee both finished with two hits.

For the Panthers (20-25, 2-6), Melissa Huehlenfeld had three of the team's six hits in the two games.

Winthrop and Birmingham-Southern will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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