Joey Strain earned his eighth save of the year to help the Winthrop baseball team hold on to 6-5 win over Davidson on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Eagles (28-14) extend their winning streak to six games. This season’s 28 wins are the most head coach Tom Riginos has had in a season and the most the Eagles have had since 2009. The Wildcats dropped to 18-16.
Freddie Sultan takes the win, improving to 2-0 this year while allowing one run on four hits in five innings. Strain pitched the final inning and gave up no hits while striking out one. Nick Neitzel suffered the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits in 2 2/3 inning. The Wildcats had a staff day, with six other pitchers making appearances.
After the first inning went hitless, both teams scored a run in the second inning. John Menken and Mark Lowrie led off the inning with back to back singles. Menken advanced to third as Roger Gonzalez grounded into a double play before crossing the plate on a single by Babe Thomas.
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The Eagles took a 4-1 lead in the third inning. Tyler Asbill singled, Brad Kazcka walked and Menken was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Asbill and Kaczka scored as Lowrie reached on an error by the right fielder that moved Menken to third. Menken came home on a single to left field by Gonzalez.
The Eagles pushed the advantage to 6-1 in the sixth inning. Gonzalez doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Thomas. Gonzalez crossed the plate on a single by Mitch Spires before Asbill drove home Thomas from second on a single up the middle.
The Wildcats rallied to score three runs in the seventh inning. Ryan Lowe led off getting hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Lee Miller. Both runners advanced as Alec Acosta grounded out and Lowe scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Arkin. Will Robertson knocked home Miller on a double to left center before coming home on a double down the left field line by Cam Johnson.
Sam Foy pulled the Wildcats within one in the bottom of the eighth, scoring on a single by Miller after singling and stealing second.
The Eagles return home to take on East Tennessee State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.