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Newberry200000100010004110
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Blake Parsley (1-0) 2.210013
Loss: DJ Hearsey (0-1) 3.144423
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Chris Vazquez (WU) 522100
Dodson McPherson (WU) 522311
Blake Throneburg (WU) 312300
Thomas Spitz (WU) 702000
Wesley Camp (NEW) 613100
McElwee strikes out 15 in 14-inning 8-4 loss to Wingate


McElwee strikes out 15 in 14-inning 8-4 loss to Wingate
Friday, March 9, 2012

NEWBERRY, S.C. - An impressive 15 strikeout performance by starting pitcher Josh McElwee stifled Wingate for eight innings before the Bulldogs sent the game to extra innings where they edged Newberry 8-4 in 14 innings.

McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) opened the game with two strikeouts as he set the Bulldogs down in order, before the Wolves offense plated a pair in the bottom of the first.

Leftfielder Wesley Camp (Chapin, S.C.) reached safely on an infield single and promptly stole second before scoring as third baseman Robby Scaggs (North Augusta, S.C.) doubled to right center plating the first run of the evening. Scaggs scored on a single through the right side giving Newberry a 2-0 lead before the Bulldogs recorded three outs.

McElwee cruised until the fourth inning when a single by Chris Vazquez was followed by a one-out home run to right center by Dodson McPherson tied the game at 2-2.

Neither team was able to push another run across the plate until in the bottom of the seventh second baseman John Fogarile (New York, N.Y.) singled to left. Camp laid down a sacrifice bunt, allowing Fogarile a chance to reach second base. After a ground out moved Fogarile to third, the Wolves senior scored what looked like the games winning run on a double to left center by centerfielder Kevin Rufus (Andrews, S.C.).

McElwee looked to complete the game in the ninth, but was pulled after one hitter as he walked Wingate's Jason Hunter. The Bulldogs moved Hunter to second as Blake Throneburg dropped down a sacrifice bunt to new pitcher Will Robbins (Edgemoor, S.C.). Robbins would see a second Bulldog reach base as a dropped third strike placed Thomas Spitz on first. With two runners on Robbins walked James Tedder to load the bases.

Robbins began to escape trouble as he struck out Vazquez for the second out of the inning. The following batter began to get away from Robbins, before with the bases loaded and a 3-0 count on Jacob Karr the Wolves turned to right-hander Tyler Sturkie (West Columbia, S.C.). Sturkie delivered a first pitch strike, but was unable to hold on as the tying run was walked in before Newberry could record the final out of the inning.

Newberry was unable to tally a run in the bottom of the ninth, before both teams exchanged scoreless halves in the 10th. Wingate looked to finish off the Wolves in the 11th as Throneburg singled to right and advanced to third on a single by Tedder. With runners on the corners, Newberry lifted Sturkie for junior D.J. Hearsey (Oviedo, Fla.). Hearsey surrendered a RBI sacrifice fly giving Wingate a one-run lead.

In the Wolves half of the 11th, Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) opened the frame with a pinch-hit walk and then stole second giving the Wolves a runner at second with no outs. Fogarile recorded the first out of the inning as he grounded out to short, allowing Kirby to reach third. A single through the right side by Camp would plate Kirby and tie the game up at 4-4.

The 12th and 13th innings went scoreless for both teams, before Hearsey hit Vasquez at the top of the 14th. A bunt single by Karr was followed by a RBI single to right by McPherson giving the Bulldogs a one-run lead. After McPherson stole second and Brian Yeung walked, a two-out double off the wall in right-center played three runs putting Wingate up by four.

The bottom of the 14th saw the Wolves record three straight outs after a leadoff walk by pinch hitter Zach Morgan (Simpsonville, S.C.).

McElwee struck out 15 and walked only two in eight innings pitched. Four Wolves recorded multi-hit games, including Rufus who in addition to two hits, tallied a pair of RBI.

Newberry and Wingate will be back at it again tomorrow at 1 p.m. as the Wolves and Bulldogs take to the Smith Road Complex for a doubleheader.