On a Saturday afternoon on which the two teams combined to record nine hits, strand eight baserunners, and commit no errors, the Diamond Dogs improved to 6-0 with a 2-1 triumph over Winthrop.
The two teams had one hit between them through the first four frames, then the Eagles got a baserunner in scoring position in the top of the fifth inning on a walk and a wild pitch, allowing a single to bring him home to stake the visitors to a 1-0 lead. Winthrop would not record another hit in the final four stanzas.
The Red and Black answered immediately. In the home half of the canto, designated hitter Brett DeLoach led off with an infield single, was sacrificed over to second by first baseman Colby May, and came the rest of the way around on a double by second baseman Nelson Ward to even the score. The contest remained snarled at a lone run per side when catcher Brandon Stephens started off the bottom of the eighth inning with a base hit. Third baseman Curt Powell followed that up with a single of his own, then right fielder Peter Verdin broke the deadlock for good with an RBI base hit to left field to plate the winning run.
The Diamond Dogs doubled up the Eagles in hits (6-3) and runs (2-1), while starter Michael Palazzone struck out twice as many batters (4) as he walked (2). Palazzone threw seven innings of three-hit baseball before being succeeded on the mound by reliever Bryan Benzor, who was credited with the win after going two cantos without allowing a baserunner.