Winthrop University

Winthrop pitching mows down the competition in Athens, Georgia Red & Black Showcase

The Winthrop University softball team won its third straight as it closed out the Red & Black Showcase with a 7-2 victory over Samford Sunday.

On Saturday, the Eagles tossed back-to-back shutouts to earn wins over Samford and Evansville on day two of the three-day event.

Winthrop started Saturday with a 6-0 win over Samford and capped it off with a 1-0 victory against Evansville. In the first game, Kiley Majette pitched her first career no-hitter, going the distance with six strikeouts and a walk. She was named Big South pitcher of the week on Monday.

“She (Majette) was unbelievable today,” head coach Mark Cooke said. “She was in control the whole game, it was wonderful to watch.”

Ansley Gilreath went 2-2 at the plate for the Eagles, including a home run, and walked twice. Morgan Lowers was 2-3, with a double and a RBI and Ashley Westbrooks made the most of her lone hit, knocking in two runs with a homer.

Against Evansville (2-4) pitcher Sabrina Shroades was nearly as sharp as her Eagles teammate, giving up just one hit and two walks while fanning eight over seven innings in the win.

“Sabrina settled down after the first, went to work out there and It was fun to watch her,” Cooke said. “Our defense was good and Evansville’s was as well in that last game. The team played like we thought we were capable of and those are two quality wins.”

Lowers picked up two more hits, including a double, in three at-bats against Evansville and Gilreath’s solo homer was all the offense the Eagles needed.

The Eagles (4-1) closed out the weekend with another strong pitching performance and a big day at the plate by Madyson Watson, who gave up a pair of runs in 4.2 innings, fanning three and walking one, and knocked in two runs on two hits in three plate appearances, scoring a run against Samford (1-9).

“I thought Madyson did a good job today,” Cooke said. “She wasn’t as sharp as she can be, but battled. I thought we had a great tournament and played well as a team. I’m excited for what this team can do this season.”


Winthrop has the week off and will be back in action Saturday with a double-header at USC Upstate as part of the Spartan Classic. Sunday’s games will be played at Furman as the Eagles face Marshall and Furman.