HARTSVILLE - Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Newberry Wolves, but the homestanding Coker Cobras pounded out 19 hits to hand the Wolves an 11-4 loss at Tom J. New Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The loss is the Wolves' first of the season, putting Newberry at 4-1 on the season entering a 3 p.m. Wednesday matchup at Francis Marion.
With Tuesday's performance, Barbieri now leads the team with nine RBIs on the young season. He and Eric Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) were the only players to record multiple hits for the Wolves.
Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.) got a Newberry rally started in the first inning with a one-out double followed by a Cranmer single. A Barbieri sacrifice fly gave Newberry a 1-0 lead.
The Cobras responded with a sacrifice fly of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the first. Both teams left the bases loaded in the second inning and Newberry was unable to score in the third. Coker's Zach Loraine hit a two-run homer in the third and his teammates tacked on three more runs that inning to take a 6-1 lead and break the game open.
Coker's Frank Suarez hit a two-run single in the fourth to make it an 8-1 game as the Cobras pitching kept the Wolves at bay.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) hit a one-out triple in the second and 10 Wolves came to the plate without another hit. Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) led off the fifth with a single up the middle followed by an Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) walk, but both runners were stranded after three straight flyouts.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) led off the the sixth with a double but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Barbieri's RBI single in the seventh broke the scoring drought, but Coker scored three in the bottom of the frame including a two-run double by Loraine.
Pinch hitter Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) led off the ninth with a bunt single and Cranmer kept the game alive with a two-out single followed by a two-run double to the left-center gap by Barbieri to cut the lead to 11-4, but the rally was put to rest on the next batter.
Of Newberry's nine hits in the game, four went for extra bases. Newberry has had 16 of its 43 hits this season go for extra bases, including six triples in the five games.
Will Robbins (Winnsboro, S.C.) fell to 1-1 on the season after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in 2.1 innings.