LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Winthrop softball wrapped-up the No. 1 seed for the Big South Conference Softball Championship with a doubleheader sweep of Liberty on Friday.
Winthrop won the first game 6-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Megan Evans and took the nightcap 7-1 behind a three-run home run by Mallory Hogan.
With the wins, the Eagles improve to 32-17 overall and 13-1 in the Big South. Liberty falls to 13-36-1 overall the 3-8 in the league.
"Our pitching was great again," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. "Every time we allowed a runner, we got out of it. We just had a lot of different people with timely hitting today. They really wanted to wrap up the top seed today and they did. Everything looked good. We accomplished what we came here to do."
Evans improved to 16-6 on the year as she allowed just five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in game one.
Winthrop jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning. Jo-Lynn Smith started off the inning with a single and Lenny Stoddart followed by reaching on an error by the center fielder. Carole Reda sacrificed the runners to second and third with just one out. Sarah Magee grounded out to second base, but drove in Smith for the early lead.
In the fourth inning, Pearl Coleshill drove in Magee on a single to left field. Magee had reached base on an error by the second baseman and advanced to second on another error.
The lead increased to 4-0 in the fifth inning as Lisa Kingsmore led off with a single to get things started. After Stephanie Reid hit into a fielder's choice in which Kingsmore was out at second, Hogan singled up the middle to put runners on first and second with one away. Smith was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Stoddart came through with a double to left center, scoring Reid and pinch-runner Erica Spradley.
Kingsmore finished the game 3-for-4 while Hogan and Smith each had two hits a piece.
In game two, Hogan's three-run homer paced the offense, but Cari Wooldridge had another impressive outing in the Big South as she allowed one unearned run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts to improve to 14-9 on the year. She is now 6-1 in league play with a 0.38 earned run average.
Just like she did in game one, Izzy Trottier tossed the final inning allowing no hits, one walk and recording one strikeout. In game one she tossed a perfect seventh inning.
Winthrop and Liberty will wrap-up the three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. A victory would give the Eagles the regular-season championship outright. A loss would allow Radford to tie for first with a sweep at Coastal Carolina this weekend. This is also the last regular-season game for Winthrop.