Wolves fall to top-seeded Tusculum in Food Lion SAC Tournament opener
Newberry faces elimination game at Noon Friday
April 19, 2012
FOREST CITY, N.C. - Newberry's All-SAC pitcher Josh McElwee struck out nine batters in his start, but the sixth-seeded Wolves couldn't generate the offense they needed and fell to top-seeded Tusculum, 6-1, in the opening game of the 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament at McNair Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Wolves (19-28) are now in the elimination bracket and face the loser of the in-progress Catawba/Carson-Newman game at noon Friday.
Tusculum (40-7) drew a bases loaded walk in the first to make it a 1-0 game, and an Alexi Colon homer in the third made it 2-0.
Newberry was not without its chances early though, as a runner was stranded on third base in each of the three innings. But SAC Co-Pitcher of the Year Craig Goodman (10-0) limited any damage potential with a complete game effort.
McElwee (5-3) struck out nine batters in his 5.2 innings, but also issued six walks and allowed five hits for four runs, three of which were earned. Tusculum added single runs in the fifth on Cody Coffman's RBI double, in the sixth on Cade Stallings' RBI single, in the seventh on Heath Comerford's RBI single and capped their scoring on Matt Henriksen's RBI double in the eighth.
Zach Morgan (Simpsonville, S.C.) hit an RBI single in the ninth, but a double play closed the game before the Wolves could narrow the margin any further.
Tusculum 6, Newberry 1