ROCK HILL, SC – The Winthrop softball team dropped a pair of games to Charleston Southern, 4-2 and 5-1 Wednesday evening it its first conference contests of the season.
With the losses, the Eagles fell to 11-12 overall and 0-2 in the conference while the Buccaneers improved to 13-13-1 and 2-0 in the Big South. The two teams will finish out the three-game series Thursday at 5 p.m.
In the first game of the evening, the two teams were scoreless through the first four and half innings before the Eagles broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Winthrop got two on with one out when Zharne Glover hit a double over the head of the left fielder. Paige Hayley scored from second but a base running error caught Glover between second and third and then got Kim Ryder thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Charleston Southern took advantage of Winthrop’s missed opportunity by scoring two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead. The Eagles managed to get some runners on in the bottom of the seventh but only plated one, falling 4-2.
Sara Allen pitched the full seven innings in the loss, falling to 3-5 on the year. Paige Haley had two hits for the Eagles with one run batted in.
In the second game of the day, the first two innings went scoreless before Charleston Southern put up a single run in the top of the third. Winthrop responded in the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun from Megan Winningham to tie the game at 1-1.
The Winningham homerun was the only runs the Eagles could muster against the Buccaneers as Charleston Southern added runs in the fourth and sixth and added two more insurance runs in the seventh for a 5-1 victory.
Sutton Watson took the loss for the Eagles in the second game, evening her record this season at 4-4. Winthrop mustered only five hits in the loss, two coming from Winningham.