March 22, 2009

Courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Winthrop baseball team defeated the 10th-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The Eagles improve to 13-7 on the season and 4-1 in the conference, while the Chanticleers fall to 18-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

“It is a really good win for us because we had a good lead, they came back and tied it, and we came back to win,” said head coach Joe Hudak. “It was obviously huge for us, but it is only one win.”

Tyler Mizenko picked up his first collegiate victory after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings on no hits while giving up two walks and one strikeout. Caleb Cuevas earned loss giving up one run on one hit.

David Anderson gave Coastal Carolina an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second with his solo home run over the left field fence off of starter Wade Newman.

Winthrop took a 4-1 lead in the third inning that was highlighted by a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left center field by Eddie Rohan. Kevin Nolan started the scoring with an RBI double down the right field line scoring Matt Thielepape after reaching on a double in his at-bat. The homer by Rohan scored Nolan and Cam Walters, who walked.

The Chanticleers tied the game at 4-4 in their half of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Scott Woodward and a two-run homer to left field by Tyler Bortnick. The single by Woodward scored Rico Noel after he doubled to left center field. Woodward would score on the home run by Bortnick.

Rohan gave the Eagles a 5-4 lead in the eighth with an opposite field homer off of Cuevas. It was his second long ball of the game. John Murrian followed Rohan two batters later with a solo home run of his own to left field to add to the Winthrop lead at 6-4.

“It was good to see Eddie Rohan hit an opposite field home run,” Hudak added. “We have been telling him his whole career that he can hit the ball that way and then John got the insurance run.”

The victory over Coastal Carolina is the first victory for the Eagles over a nationally ranked opponent since a 5-1 win over 11th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on April 8, 2008.

Rohan led Winthrop offensively with a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI, while Nolan and Thielepape added two hits apiece. Woodward finished the afternoon going 2-for-5 with one RBI for the Chanticleers and Bortnick added two RBI on his home run.