LEXINGTON, SC—Winthrop overcame a five-run deficit with six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to eliminate No. 4 High Point 14-13 in the Big South Conference Baseball Championship.
The game was played at River Bluff High School’s field which yielded a tournament-record
13 home runs, including seven by Winthrop. Both Hunter Lipscomb and Babe Thomas crushed two each.
Lipscomb’s second shot and his sixth of the year was a three-run homer in the ninth that cut HPU’s lead to 13-11. Thomas then made it a one-run game as he followed with his 11th long ball of the year, before Matthew Mulkey’s two-RBI double off the center field batter’s eye drove home Tyler Halstead and Jake Sullivan with the tying and winning runs.
With the victory, Winthrop stays alive to play again Saturday night at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Zach Peek picked up the win for Winthrop to improve to 5-1 while Cooper Jeffers took the loss to see his record fall to 1-3.
Winthrop (33-23) fell behind 8-0 after four innings as the Panthers (29-24) connected on five home runs, including a pair by Zach Gray. Four of the long balls came off Eagle starter Reece Green while southpaw reliever Thad Harris was greeted by a home run on his first pitch.
Winthrop cut the deficit to 8-7 with three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth as all seven runs came off home runs.
Thomas connected on a three-run shot, his 10th of the season, to straight away center field in the fourth that was the first to ever clear the batters eye behind the 370-foot fence. Lipscomb drove a three-run homer to right center that that made it an 8-6 game. Mulkey then made it a one-run game with a solo shot to left.
High Point added a single run in the sixth on home run by Austen Zente and then put the Panthers up 13-8 with four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Josh Greene’s second HR of the game.
Winthrop refused to quit as the Eagles fought back with a single run in the eighth on second baseman Brandon Fite’s solo shot to right center in the seventh, and then rallied for six in the ninth.
Story Credit: Winthrop