The Winthrop baseball team used a nine-run eighth inning to cruise to a 15-3 win over Longwood on Friday night.
Winthrop extends its conference winning streak to 12 games and improve to 36-17 overall and 15-8 in the Big South. Longwood drops to 21-31 and 9-14.
Freddie Sultan earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings after starter Matt Crohan held the Lancers to just one hit in the first four innings. Luke Simpson took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in four innings.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Back to back singles put Brad Kaczka and Anthony Paulsen in the corners and Kaczka crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Mark Lowrie. John Menken was hit by a pitch to move Paulsen to second before Paulsen came home on a single up the middle by Babe Thomas. Menken moved to third on the play and scored on a double to right center by Jace Whitley.
Winthrop pushed the advantage to 6-2 heading into eighth inning by scoring a run in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Winthrop will look to sweep the Lancers during Saturday afternoon’s game at 1 p.m.
Golf: Winthrop sophomore golfer Zach Seabolt remains at even par after two rounds of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional being held at North Carolina’s Finley Golf Course through Saturday.
Seabolt turned in a score of 72 on Friday. He is one of 11 individuals competing at UNC and is hoping is to advance to the NCAA Championship in Bradenton, FL. Only the low scorer from among the 11 individuals or a player from one of the teams that doesn’t earn a spot in the National Championship will move on the Bradenton.
Seabolt is tied for 22nd place and is eight shots behind tournament leader J.T. Polston, one of the 11 individual competitors from Western Carolina. Polston shot 4-under for the second day in a row and holds a one-shot lead over second place Maverick McNealy of Stanford. The second lowest 36-hole score from one of the 11 individuals is a 5-under par 139 by Belmont’s Ashton Van Horne.