Wofford Release –
ROCK HILL, S.C. –
On Tuesday night, the Wofford baseball team was defeated 6-1 by Winthrop at Winthrop Ballpark. The Eagles had a 3-1 lead after three innings and added three runs in the eighth inning to secure the win.
Wofford is now 13-17 on the season and Winthrop is 10-19 overall. The Terriers were led by Josh Hyman with two hits. Chad Smith had three hits and two RBIs for the Eagles. The two teams will meet again on April 30 at Fluor Field in Greenville.
Both teams left a runner on first base after singles in the first inning. In the top of the second, Wofford led off with a walk to James Plaisted. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third when Matthew Pelt reached on an error. A double steal allowed Plaisted to score and the Terriers took a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles took the lead when Max Vogel singled and Chad Smith hit a home run to left field for a 2-1 score after two innings. Wofford left one runner on base in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the third, Kyle Edwards singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A single by Cody Dolan scored Edwards for a 3-1 lead.
Wofford led off the fourth inning with a single by James Plaisted, but two strikeouts and a caught stealing ended the top half. The Eagles left one runner on base in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Terriers stranded one in the top of the fifth inning.
After Winthrop was retired in order in the bottom of the fifth, the Terriers went one-two-three in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles had a single by Chad Smith and a double by Austen Barber. A strikeout ended the scoring chance for the Eagles.
To open the seventh inning, Clark Wise hit a single and he stole second but was stranded. A double play ended the bottom of the seventh for the Eagles. Matthew Kaskow was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth inning. He moved to second on a wild pitch and an infield single by Josh Hyman gave the Terriers runners on the corners. Kaskow was caught stealing before a single by Seth Neely and a wild pitch moved Hyman and Neely into scoring position with two outs. A groundout ended the scoring chance for the Terriers.
Winthrop loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth after a walk and two errors. A single to right field scored two runners to give the Eagles a 5-1 lead. A single up the middle by Michael Patrick added a run as they took a 6-1 advantage at the end of the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Luke Feisal walked but two strikeouts ended the game.
Wofford starter Tanner Hawley (0-1) threw a season-high 5.2 innings with three runs allowed on eight hits and three strikeouts. Will Stillman went two innings and allowed three unearned runs on one hit with one strikeout. Connell Anderson gave up one hit and had one strikeout in a third of an inning.
Winthrop starter Joey Strain (3-3) went five innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts. Mitchell Knox threw two innings and allowed one hit with three strikeouts. Eric Ruth had the save by going two innings with four strikeouts and only one hit allowed.
The nine-game road trip for the Terriers will continue at Auburn on Wednesday night before beginning a three-game series at Samford on Friday.