Winthrop University

Winthrop baseball advances in Big South tournament with win over Campbell

Brad Kaczka went 2-for-3 and scored the go ahead run to push the Winthrop baseball team past Campbell 2-1 in the Big South conference tournament on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles will now play top-seeded Radford in a semifinals game Friday at 10 a.m.

The win was Winthrop’s 40th of the year and is the first time the Eagles have hit this milestone since 2006.

Josh Strong earned the win for the Eagles, going six innings and allowing one run on six hits. Reliever Joey Strain closed out the game and held the Camels to just one hit in the final three innings to get his ninth save of the year. Grant Yost took the loss, surrendering two runs on six hits in seven innings.

Cedric Mullin put the Camels on top in the first inning, scoring from third on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Leady after singling and advancing to third on a throwing error by Babe Thomas.

Tyler Asbill tied it up in the bottom half of the first on a single by Brad Kaczka after doubling down the left field line.

The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third as Kaczka scored on a ground out by Anthony Paulsen after tripling in to the right field corner.

Winthrop coach Tom Riginos is proud of his team’s fight and response to adversity. “I think whenever our backs are up against the wall, we come back fighting. When I look back on this team in ten years, I will remember their toughness.”