Jace Whitley knocked his second home run of the year and Thad Harris (eight innings, six strikeouts) had a masterful pitching performance as Winthrop averted a series sweep by Radford with a 3-1 home win on Sunday.
With the win, Winthrop is now 18-18 (6-6) on the season, while Radford falls to 10-26 (4-8).
The Highlanders (10-26, 4-8) grabbed an early 1-0 lead when their leadoff hitter, Chris Coia, doubled to left field. Coia was advanced on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a passed ball.
Winthrop’s Tyler Asbill reached on a hit by pitch and then tied the game at 1-1 when Mark Lowrie reached on a fielding error in the third.
Whitley’s solo shot helped the Eagles (18-18, 6-6) take the 2-1 lead in the fourth. The Eagles continued to stretch the lead in the next inning when Grant English was walked with loaded bases to score Anthony Paulsen.
Harris is now 3-3 on the season with a 4.05 ERA.
Winthrop will host Davidson in a mid-week non-conference matchup this Tuesday at the Winthrop Ballpark with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.
WP: Harris (3-3). LP: M. Mackeith (3-3). S: Cook (5). LH: WU: Whitley, 1-3, HR (2) RU: Coia 1-4, run, hit.