SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Wednesday night, the Wofford College baseball team was defeated 10-6 by Winthrop at Russell C. King Field. The Terriers scored four runs in the fifth inning to take the lead, but the Eagles put five runs up in the top of the ninth inning to secure the victory.
Wofford is 9-13 on the season, while Winthrop is 10-11 overall. The two teams will meet again on April 19 in Rock Hill. The Terriers were led by Brett Hash with two hits, including a home run. Babe Thomas had three hits for the Eagles, as they outhit the Terriers 13 to eight.
After the Eagles were retired in order in the top of the first, Andrew Orzel singled with one out in the bottom half of the first. Brett Hash followed with a double and an infield single by McClain Bradley made it 1-0. A double play ended the first inning. Winthrop had three singles in the top of the second and tied the game on a sacrifice fly. The Terriers left one runner on base to end the second inning.
Winthrop was retired in order in the third inning and Wofford hit into a double play to finish the third. With two outs in the top of the fourth, the Eagles had runners in scoring position after a double, walk and balk before a fly ball ended the scoring chance. The Terriers went in order in the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the Eagles had runners on second and third with one out. A strikeout was followed by a fielding error that made it 2-1. An RBI single to right field gave Winthrop a 3-1 lead in the middle of the frame. Wofford led off the bottom of the fifth with Max McDougald being hit by a pitch and Reed Massey hitting a double down the left field line. A sacrifice fly by Alex Malsch cut the lead the lead to 3-2 and a triple by Kody Ruedisili tied the game at three. Andrew Orzel reached on a fielder’s choice and then the Terriers took a 5-3 lead on Hash’s sixth homer of the season.
The Eagles opened the sixth inning with back-to-back walks and the runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, a single plated one run and a runner was thrown out at home to end the top half with a 5-4 score. Wofford then started the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back walks. A fielder’s choice gave the Terriers runners on the corners and a fielder’s choice by Alex Malsch gave the Terriers a 6-4 lead.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Winthrop had a runner reach on an error and then a double. A wild pitch allowed a run to score to cut the lead to 6-5 before a strikeout sent the game to the seventh inning stretch. Wofford was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh and the Eagles left one on base in the top of the eighth. The Terriers had a runner reach first in the bottom of the eighth on an error, but he was thrown out after rounding the bag.
The top of ninth began with a walk for the Eagles and a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner. A single through the left side by Mitch Spires drove in a run to tie the game at six. After a walk, a single by Babe Thomas gave the Eagles a 7-6 lead. With two outs and two runners on, back-to-back doubles added three runs for a 10-6 advantage. Wofford had a two out triple by Alec Cargin in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to score.
Matt Ellmyer started for the Terriers and went 4.2 innings with three runs allowed on six hits, along with three strikeouts. Chris Sheehan gave up one run on one hit in a third of an inning. Reese Maniscalco worked an inning with one hit allowed. Spencer Kulman went an inning with one run allowed on one hit and a strikeout. Jordan Accetta (1-2) threw 1.2 innings and allowed five runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Merritt Huber struck out the lone batter he faced.
Winthrop starter Zach Peek went 4.1 innings and gave up three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Carson Gregory allowed two runs on three hits in a third of an inning. Thad Harris (1-5) gave up just one run in 3.1 innings with four strikeouts. Dalton Whitaker threw the ninth and gave up one hit with two strikeouts.
Wofford will begin Southern Conference play against Furman on Friday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. at King Field in the first of a three game series.