Strauss’ Walk-Off Single Gives Eagles 10-9 Win Over App State

Posted February 22, 2021 7:58 am | Filed under Sports, Winthrop Athletics

ROCK HILL, SC – Winthrop baseball scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday evening, including a walk-off single by Jonathan Strauss, to earn their first win of 2021. The Eagles defeated App State, 10-9.

RECORDS: Winthrop (1-2) | Appalachian State (2-1)
WINTHROP LEADERS: Jonathan Strauss (2-for-5, 3RBI), Joe McNamara (3-for-5, 1 HR), Spencer Yankle (2-for-4, 2RBI), Tyler Baker (1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 HR)


  • App State strung together back-to-back-to-back singles to right field off Andrew Coker, taking a 1-0 lead.
  • Joe McNamara opened Winthrop’s half of the inning with a homerun, the team’s first of the season to tie it up.
  • Jonathan Strauss extended the Eagle’s lead with a bases loaded, two run double, 3-1.
  • Hunter Christopher knocked in Dillon Morton to make it a 4-1 game.
  • Joey Tepper followed that up with an RBI of his own. The Eagles led, 5-1, after one.
  • App State got two back in the second.
  • Alex Leshock singled to left and advanced to second on a Bailey Welch walk.
  • Leshock would score on back-to-back errors from Spencer Yankle and Jonathan Strauss.
  • Welch came home on an Andrew Terrell ground out.
  • The Eagles went down quietly in their half of the second.
  • Joe McNamara led off with a single down the left field line, followed by an Andrew Jenner single to third in the fifth inning
  • McNamara scored on a Spencer Yankle single to center to give Winthrop a 6-5 lead
  • App State put up a three hit, three-run 6th inning.
  • Robbie Young led off the inning with a double to right, followed by a single from Jack Lipson
  • Bailey Welch flied out, advancing the runners, scoring Young
  • Andrew Terrell singled, scoring Lipson to tie the game at six apiece
  • Alex Leshock came home on an Andrew Greckel fly out giving the Mountaineers an 8-6 lead
  • Joey Tepper singled to left to lead off Winthrop’s half of the sixth inning
  • Tyler Baker tied the game up at eight with a two-run home run
  • Joe McNamara is punched out on a close call at first to end the inning
  • Phillip Cole scored off a single to left field by Alex Leschock to take a 9-8 lead over the Eagles in the seventh inning.
  • It was a 1,2,3 eighth inning for both teams.
  • Dalton Skinner sat the Mountaineers down in order in the top of the ninth, including two strikeouts.
  • With his third hit of the contest, Joe McNamara singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
  • Andrew Jenner grounded out, advancing McNamara to second.
  • After walking Scout McFallsSpencer Yankle doubles to right field, scoring McNamara, tying the contest at nine.
  • App State chose to intentially walk Dillon Morton and Jonathan Strauss would make them pay
  • The sophomore singled down the left field line, scoring Scout McFalls and giving Winthrop the 10-9 win.

The Eagles will travel to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday, Feb. 23. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. These teams most recently met in 2019, with South Carolina winning the contest, 8-6, and have won five of the last six meetings.