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Eagles drop season-opener 7-3 at Ole Miss

Mississippi's Tim Rowe (42) celebrates his three-run home run against Winthrop with teammate Thomas Dilliard in Friday’s game in Oxford, Miss.
Mississippi's Tim Rowe (42) celebrates his three-run home run against Winthrop with teammate Thomas Dilliard in Friday’s game in Oxford, Miss. AP

Winthrop fell in its baseball season opener to No. 9 Ole Miss 7-3 Friday evening, just the first season-opening loss for the Eagles in six years.

On a chilly night in Mississippi, Winthrop could not find hot bats against Rebels ace Ryan Rolison (1-0). The preseason All-American recorded 12 strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work, allowing just one hit.

Winthrop junior outfielder Hunter Lipscomb was 1-for-2 at the plate with one RBI.

Senior pitcher Daniel Willcutt allowed just one run on five hits and notched five strikeouts in 3.0 innings of relief for the Eagles.

First pitch for Game 2 of the series is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Swayze Field. The game will be available via live stream on SEC Network+.

Softball

Winthrop softball began the 2018 season with a split on the opening day of the Red & Black Showcase with a 4-3 win over Evansville and a 9-0 loss to 17th-ranked Georgia on Friday.

Winthrop’s Kiley Majette picked up the win over Evansville, striking out 12 without a walk in seven innings. Winthrop’s Morgan Lowers had two hits and scored a run, while teammate Shayna Covington had a hit and scored two runs.

Lowers added a hit in the loss to Georgia.

Winthrop coach Mark Cooke said the first game was “absolutely unbelievable. Evansville is a very good team and have a good pitcher that Kiley (Majette) just outpitched.

“The second game against Georgia we just had way too many errors,” Cooke said. “We played hard and competed but had too many mistakes.”

Lacrosse

Four Eagles recorded hat tricks Friday as the Winthrop lacrosse team picked up a 17-9 season-opening victory over the East Carolina Buccaneers.

Winthrop (1-0) held a 9-3 lead at the break and scored five goals in 10:35 to open a commanding 14-3 lead en route to the win.

Six Eagles landed on the scoresheet, led by Katherine Judge who finished with four goals. Kristen Shriver tallied five points on three goals and two assists and Katie Clark and Allie Yeager each scored three times. Nicole Beatson and Bianaca Tedesco each recorded two goals and two assists.

Defensively, Alaina Girani finished the game with nine saves.

Winthrop will host Cincinnati at noon Sunday at Eagle Field.

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