Winthrop split their doubleheader against Miami of Ohio Saturday afternoon at the Winthrop Ballpark.
In the 7-5 opening win, it was the Zachs that worked the mound. Right hander Zach Sightler picked up his second win of the season. Sightler struck out four and walked two in 7.2 innings. Zach Cook earned his first save of the season pitching 1.1 innings with a strikeout.
Early offense helped the Eagles achieve this victory as they scored all seven of their runs in the first three innings.
The Eagles struck first scoring a run on a fielder’s choice ground ball from Anthony Paulsen advancing Tyler Asbill home for the 1-0 lead. Winthrop tacked on five more runs in the second inning on two hits and one Miami error. Paulsen connected for his third RBI on the afternoon to help fuel the offensive outburst.
The Eagles added another run in the 3rd when Asbill singled to right field sending Grant English home for the 7-0 lead. The RedHawks finally got on the board in the top of the 7th when Chad Sedio hit a two-run homer to right field, his third home run of the series. Miami added another score when Julian Flanary hit a single to right field scoring Adam Yacek.
Miami connected for their second long ball of the afternoon when Tyler Harris hit a home run over the left field wall cutting Winthrop’s lead to 7-4 in the top of the 8th. The RedHawks added one more run in the top of the ninth.
▪ The nightcap turning into a pitchers’ duel for the most part, and was scoreless through 7.2 innings. The RedHawks won 5-1 in 10 innings.
The Eagles’ starting pitcher Thad Harris received a no decision in this contest. However, he only allowed one run through 7.1 innings pitched, striking out five batters and only walking one. Right handed reliever Nate Pawelczyk received the loss and is 0-1 on the season.
Miami scored in the top of the eighth with and the Eagles responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 9th when Roger Gonzalez advanced home on a wild pitch.
But the RedHawks regained the lead in the top of the 10th when Ross Haffey doubled to deep center. Dallas Hall drove Haffey in with the following at bat. Flanary hit a two run RBI to stretch the Miami lead to 5-1 heading in to the bottom of the 10th.
Winthrop will look to improve its road record when the Eagles travel to face the North Carolina A&T Aggies Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. at 6 p.m.