WINGATE, N.C.----Wingate University senior first baseman Sherman Greer (Stanfield, N.C.) hit three home runs as the Bulldogs battered six Newberry College pitchers for 20 hits in a 21-11 baseball win over the Indians Friday afternoon at Ron Christopher Stadium and Plyler Athletic Field on the Wingate campus.
Wingate is 2-6 overall, while Newberry falls to 4-3 overall. The contest does not count in the South Atlantic Conference regular season standings.
An All-SAC and All-South Region pick in 2003, Greer was four-for-five with three home runs and seven RBI. Greer hit a three-run blast in the third inning, a solo shot in the seventh inning and another three-run bomb in the eighth inning. Greer had not hit a home run prior to today�s contest.
The Bulldogs scored 14 runs in the first three innings before Newberry made a stand in the top of the fourth. The Indians batted around, scoring all six runs and getting five of their seven hits with two outs on the scoreboard. The game that started as offensive fireworks, a 16-7 Wingate lead after four innings, appeared to transform into a pitching duel after two hitless, scoreless innings. Newberry resumed the scoring in the seventh with a single run which Wingate answered. The Bulldogs put four more on the board, leaving the visitors in a 21-8 hole with three outs left. NC put together a final trio of runs on four hits to provide a silver lining.
First baseman Travis Moore saw the most success at the plate, going three-for-five with a homerun and two RBI. Stuart Kay and Billy Alm both hit safely twice, each batting in a run. On the mound, only Alm and Brent Rembert escaped duty without escalating their earned run averages.
Bulldog sophomore right-hander Chad Yow (Stanfield, N.C.) pitched five innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Yow allowed seven runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one. WU senior lefty Brett Townsend (Denver, N.C.) closed the door, allowing one unearned run on two hits in three innings of work. Townsend struck out three Indians.