ROCK HILL, SC—The Winthrop softball team opens up the home part of its 2013 schedule this weekend as it hosts the 2013 Combat Invitational.
The Combat Invitational is an eight-team tournament style in which all the participants will play five games over the weekend. The field this season includes Dayton, Monmouth, Furman, UNC Greensboro, Rhode Island, Hartford, Virginia and the host Eagles. Games will be played on Terry Field and Field C.
Winthrop is off to a 4-7 start on the season and will face Virginia in its home opener on Friday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. The Eagles will then face Monmouth at 5 p.m. and both games will be streamed live on the Big South Conference Network. Click here to watch or click on Live Video above to access the game live.
On Saturday Winthrop will face Furman at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. contest against Rhode Island. The Eagles will wrap-up on Sunday with a noon game against Dayton.
So far this season the Eagles have received strong efforts in the pitching circle and have earned wins over Elon, Samford, and two against Western Illinois. Winthrop is coming off a 6-1 loss at top-ranked Alabama in which the score was 1-1 after five innings.
The Eagles pitching is sporting a 3.27 team earned run average led by sophomore Sutton Watson, who is 4-2 on the year with a 2.22 ERA and 24 strikeouts to 10 walks in 41 innings of work. Her only two losses are to #1 Alabama and #8 Georgia. Freshman Dallas King is second on the team in innings pitched with 18 and has a team-best 1.94 ERA. In her last start, King tossed six scoreless innings allowing five hits with a walk and strikeout, but didn’t figure into the decision.
Offensively, junior McKenzi Corn leads the team with a .333 average as she’s started 10 of the 11 games and senior Chelsey Schoenfeldt is batting .300 with six runs, two homers and eight RBI. Senior Teja Durante has three starts and eight games played, but is hitting .333 with three RBI. Freshman Haley Zuehlke is batting .300 and senior Kathryn Eberlin is batting .259 with two runs, two homers, and six RBI.
Winthrop and Virginia meet for the 12th time when they square off on Friday. Virginia leads the all-time series 6-5 and is 6-7 on the year so far and just finished playing in the competitive Palm Springs Tournament where it was 2-3.
This will be the fourth meeting with Monmouth as the Eagles have lost two of the first three. The Eagles are 31-25 all-time against Furman, 1-1 against Rhode Island and 1-1 against Dayton.