ROCK HILL, SC— Winthrop won its fourth straight game with a 7-0 victory over Presbyterian College before falling 4-3 in the nightcap for a split doubleheader, Friday evening in Big South Conference softball action at Terry Field.
Winthrop improved to 17-15 overall while moving to 5-3 in the league. Presbyterian College is now 16-16 on the year with a 2-4 mark in the Big South. The rubber match is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Terry Field.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Winthrop posted three runs to take a 3-2 lead highlighted by a two-run home run by Kristy Noble that tied the game. Kathryn Eberlin broke the tie as she guided a shot into right center for an RBI double.
The lead disappeared in the top of the sixth as the Blue Hose managed two runs and held on for the 4-3 victory. Erin Taylor had a leadoff single up the middle off Chelsey Schoenfeldt, who started the inning in the pitching circle. Alyssa Goodin pinch-ran for Taylor and moved to second on a sacrifice. Morgan Durham followed with a single to second base as Noble dove and stopped the ball from reaching the outfield which kept Goodin at third. The next batter reached on an error by shortstop Kelsey Ritter as the throw was low and off the bag as Goodin crossed home to tie the game at 3-3. Durham then scored on an error by catcher Brooke Tracy as she threw the ball to second on an attempted steal as the throw went into center field, allowing Durham to come home.
At that point PC called upon Sydney Seigler to hold the lead and she did just that by tossing two innings without allowing a hit or a run with two strikeouts to earn her first save of the season. Cat Tarvin started the game, but didn’t factor into the decision after allowing a run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Kelsey Barnette gave up the lead, but ended up as the winning pitcher and is now 2-2 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits with a walk.
Schoenfeldt suffered the loss for Winthrop after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Freshman Dallas King started the game but left after two batters and giving way to Sutton Watson. Watson allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
PC grabbed its first lead of the day in the top of the third as one-out double by Jill McLean turned into a 1-0 lead as McLean scored on a single to left field by Legacki on a 1-2 pitch.
An inning later the Blue Hose took a 2-0 lead as Tera Powell came through with a two-out single to center that scored Taylor from second base. Taylor reached on a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles posted three runs in the bottom of the first and that was all Watson needed as she held the Blue Hose in check. Watson pitched six innings before giving way to Bradlee Holeman in the top of the seventh but after two batters, Watson was inserted back into the lineup and finished off the game. Watson tossed seven innings allowing no runs on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts to improve to 11-8 on the year.
Kensley Loudermilk suffered the loss for the Blue Hose as she falls to 9-8 on the year after allowing seven runs on nine hits with six walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Noble drew a one-out walk to get the first inning going and then came around to score on a double to left center off the bat of McKenzi Corn. Corn moved to third as the throw came home trying to get Noble at the plate. Schoenfeldt walked and then stole second base. As Schoenfeldt stole second, Corn took off for home when the throw was made in an attempt to get Schoenfeldt at second. Both runners were safe and the Eagles led 2-0. The third run came on a Ritter sacrifice fly, scoring Schoenfeldt.
Junior Alex White made it 4-0 in favor of the Eagles with a two-out solo home run to left. White finished the first game 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and a single. White finished the day 6-for-7 at the plate. Noble finished with three hits on the day to go along with two runs and two RBI.
Schoenfeldt made it 7-0 in the sixth inning as she belted a home run to straight away center, her 10th of the season. Her 10 home runs are one shy of tying the school record for home runs in a single-season.