Winthrop University

49ers double up on Winthrop for sweep

Winthrop University

Winthrop dropped a doubleheader sweep at Charlotte Tuesday with losses of 2-0 and 9-1.

The Eagles fall to 12-25 on the year while Charlotte improves to 20-14. Winthrop gets back to Big South Conference play this weekend when it heads to Farmville, Va. for a three-game series starting with a single-game on Friday at 5 p.m.

“We played really good the first game but left the bases loaded a couple of times,” said Winthrop co-head coach Mark Cooke. “In the second game, we were in it until a bad play from us on a bunt opened the door and when you do that against a good team they can make you pay. Charlotte is a very good team.”

The Eagles made a few changes to their lineup from game one with six freshmen starters. Morgan Lowers, Blake Wallert and Chace Helms have been regular starters but the Winthrop coaching staff also went with freshmen Keleigh Romine as the designated player, Toni Pancione behind the plate and Brooke Ellison at second. Charlotte tied the game in the fourth inning and grabbed the lead in the fifth before adding runs in the sixth for a 9-1 victory.

Helms started the game in the circle for the Eagles, but didn’t factor in the decision after pitching 3.1 innings allowing one run on six hits. Romine took the loss and falls to 1-3 after allowing six runs (five earned) on three hits with four walks and a strikeout.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles stranded eight runners while the 49ers posted the only two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 2-0 win.

Charlotte held the Eagles to four hits. Winthrop’s Kiley Majette suffered the loss as she allowed two runs on nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Lowers entered the doubleheader on a six-game hitting streak and recorded a hit in each game to push that streak to a career-best eight games. Glover also had a hit in each game and has now hit safely in five straight games.

Men’s tennis: The men’s team (9-11) suffered a tough 4-3 non-conference home loss to South Carolina State on Monday at Memorial Courts. Winthrop scored early, winning the doubles point as Josh Ryan and Ruy Teixeira won. 2 with a 6-3 win over Yanchenko Vladyslay and Saligh Gilmutdinoy, and Michael Chen and Diego Quiroz teamed up to beat Edgar Diaz and Stanislav Baco 6-1 at No. 3. Winthrop will travel to UNC Asheville on Friday for a 2 p.m. match before returning home on Sunday to host Coastal Carolina for Senior Day at 1 p.m.

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