ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Eagles struggled Tuesday night against the Gamecocks, dropping the contest, 19-8.
The Eagle struck first in the bottom of the 1st, with Scout McFalls singling to left and stealing second. Dillon Morton doubled to left center, scoring McFalls from second. The Gamecocks would respond with 16 unanswered runs over the next three innings. In the 2nd inning, Dalton Skinner walked the lead-off batter, before giving up three consecutive singles, scoring Andrew Eyster. He would strike out the next batter, before a passed ball advanced the runners. The inning was topped off with a three-run homer, off the bat of Brady Allen. After a quiet half for Winthrop, South Carolina posted another two runs off a Joe Satterfield single to center that brought home Braylen Wimmer and Joshiah Sightler. The Eagles would go down 1,2,3 in their half of the 3rd. The 4th inning was a big one for the visitors, that saw them post nine runs, topped off by a three-run homer off the bat of Eyster. Winthrop would respond with two of their own. After Morton struck out, Spencer Yankle was walked, before USC’s Daniel Lloyd, gave up back-to-back singles to Andrew Jenner and Jonathan Strauss. Matt Levenson flied out to left, scoring Yankle and in the next at-bat, Tyler Baker singled to right, scoring Jenner to make it a 16-3 game. The next three innings would go by quietly for both teams. The Gamecocks put up another three runs in the top of the ninth. Five runs for the Eagles in the last two innings wasn’t enough for a comeback over the Gamecocks.
The Eagles will head to High Point to open Big South Conference play against the Panthers on Mar. 5-6. Winthrop has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The series will open with a single game Friday night, set to start at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a double-header on Saturday, with first pitch of Game 1 set for 1 p.m.