FLORENCE - The Newberry Wolves jumped out to an early lead but were unable to hold onto it, as the Francis Marion Patriots took an 11-6 win at Sparrow Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss, Newberry is now 4-2 on the season entering a three-game weekend series at national No. 1 Mount Olive on Saturday and Sunday.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.), Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.), Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.) each went 2-for-4 in the game, but FMU reliever Jeffrey Stoner struck out eight Wolves and allowed only two runs in 6.2 innings of work to help his team earn the win.
Newberry jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) was hit by a pitch, Camp singled and Cranmer hit an RBI double. An RBI groundout from Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) and a Vogel RBI single brought the runs in for the scarlet and gray. Unfortunately, the Wolves did not get to enjoy the lead for long as the Patriots put up six runs in the bottom of the inning. Jarrod Reed and David DeWolfe each drove in two as FMU sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame. Neither of the game's starting pitchers survived the first inning.
Camp led off the third with a single that stretched all the way to third base when it was misplayed by the right fielder and Cranmer's RBI single cut the lead to 6-4. FMU had a cold streak but broke out of it in a big way with four runs in the fifth thanks to five straight singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to make it 10-4.
D.J. Roberts (Chapin, S.C.) helped the cause for the scarlet and gray in the top of the sixth with a pinch hit two-run double to cut the lead to 10-6, but the Patriots added one more run in the bottom of the inning. No Wolves reached base in the final three innings, snuffing any attempt at a late comeback.