Winthrop University

Winthrop baseball bounces back, drops Stetson

The Winthrop baseball team responded from Friday’s loss with a 6-4 victory over Stetson on Saturday at Melching Field.

With the win, Winthrop improves to 11-8 while Stetson fell to 11-9.

Just like Friday’s matchup, it was another pitchers’ duel until Winthrop opened up the scoring with two runs in the top of the fourth. Jace Whitley singled up the middle scoring Mark Lowrie, who had singled earlier in the inning, and Babe Thomas who had reached base on an error.

After Mitch Spires singled up the middle, Roger Gonzalez did the same, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Whitley led off the sixth inning with a double down the right field line. Jake Sullivan drew a walk. Tyler Asbill doubled down the right field line scoring Whitley. Spires singled to right center the following at bat sending Asbill and Sullivan home for the 6-0 lead.

Stetson avoided the shutout by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth when John Fussel’s hit scored Vance Vizcaino.

The Hatters continued to cut into the Eagles’ lead when they added another run in the bottom of the eighth on a Charlie Watters single, scoring Kirk Sidwell.

Stetson added two runs in the bottom of the ninth but the Eagles’ defense and bullpen held strong for the 6-4 victory.

The Eagles connected for 15 hits and committed one error on the afternoon.

Winthrop starter Zach Sightler picked up the win and is now 3-0 on the season. Sightler pitched 6 2/3 innings only allowing one run and compiled two strikeouts along the way.

Winthrop will look to carry this momentum into Sunday. First pitch of the third game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m.