Winthrop couldn’t hold off a late Davidson rally, dropping a hard fought 12-10 decision in a mid-week non-conference battle Tuesday night at the Winthrop Ballpark.
With the loss, Winthrop is now 18-19 on the season, while Davidson improves to 20-17.
The Eagles jumped to the early lead scoring three runs on three hits in the firstinning. After the bases were loaded from back-to-back singles from Brandon Fite and Anthony Paulsen, and following a Mark Lowrie walk, Roger Gonzalez knocked a base-clearing double to deep right field.
Davidson responded with two runs on three hits of their own in the second inning.
In the third inning, Paulsen and Gonzalez both reached on errors and scored on a Babe Thomas single to right field for the 5-2 lead.
Asbill and Fite started the Eagles’ fourth inning with back-to-back singles. Lowrie then singled to shortstop to score both base runners. Jace Whitley responded with a single to center field. Thomas doubled to left field scoring both Lowrie and Whitley to give Winthrop the 9-2 lead.
The Wildcats’ Brian Fortier and Sam Foy led the sixth inning off with back-to-back long balls over the left field wall.
In the sixth, Davidson continued to cut into the Eagles’ lead when they rallied for six runs on five hits to close the gap to 9-8.
The Wildcats added another run to tie the game at 9-9 in the seventh.
Winthrop responded with a run of their own to regain the lead when Kyle Edwards hit a fielder’s choice scoring Whitley who had previously singled in the seventh.
Davidson tied the game once again in the eighth on a sacrifice fly.
The Wildcats took the 12-10 lead in the ninth with two runs and help the Eagles at bay for the win.
Winthrop starter Zach Sightler, on a limited-pitch count went two innings. Sightler allowed three hits and two earned runs. Zach Cook (2-3) pitched 3.1 innings in relief took the loss.
Davidson out-hit Winthrop 19-11 on the night. Whitley, Fite, and Thomas each had two hits a piece with Thomas knocking in four runs.
Winthrop will travel Wofford for a mid-week non-conference matchup this Wednesday, April 20 at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.