CHARLESTON, S.C. – Winthrop's Josh Strong pitched a complete game to cap a doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win over Charleston Southern on Sunday afternoon at CSU Ballpark. The Eagles also took the opener, 3-1.
Winthrop (32-14, 10-8) has now won 10 consecutive games. CSU falls to 20-22 overall and 9-9 in Big South play.
Strong (W, 6-3) scattered eight hits and struck out four to hold the Buccaneers to one earned run. All three Winthrop starters in the series worked at least eight innings.
Game 1 – Winthrop 3, CSU 1
CSU allowed three unearned runs in the final three innings to let the opener of the doubleheader slip away in a 3-1 loss.
The Bucs led 1-0 in the seventh, but couldn't come up with a ground ball with the bases loaded for the third out. Winthrop scored the tying run on the error and took a 2-1 lead on a bases-loaded walk to Brad Kaczka.
The Eagles added an insurance run on a pair of fielding errors in the ninth.
CSU starter Evan Raynor (L, 4-4) took the loss, allowing six hits and did not surrender an earned run.
The Bucs took a 3-1 lead on an RBI single by Brian Dye in the sixth to score Nate Blanchard. Eagles centerfielder Babe Thomas took away a double from Chris Singleton – and saved a run – following the Dye single to keep the lead at 1-0.
Blanchard was 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Starter Matt Crohan (W, 6-3) worked 8.2 innings, striking out six to get the win. Travis Shelley (S, 3) faced two batters to get his third save.
Roger Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Winthrop offense.
Game 2 – Winthrop 4, CSU 1
Winthrop broke open a tie game with three runs in seventh to complete the series sweep with a 4-1 win.
Tyler Asbill's RBI single gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead in the seventh for the go-ahead run. Winthrop's Kyle Edwards appeared to slide past third base and be tagged out by Blanchard, but Edwards was ruled safe and a CSU error on the next pitch led to a pair of insurance runs.
Blanchard added another multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 afternoon. He was 5-for-7 on the day.
Starter Kyle McDorman (L, 1-5) allowed two earned runs in six innings of work. He gave up only three hits and struck out three. Reliever Chayce Hubbard worked 2.1 scoreless innings for CSU.
CSU hosts The Citadel on Tuesday at 5 p.m.