MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves had chances to plate important runs, but it was the No. 1-ranked Mount Olive Trojans who came away with a a pair of wins at Scarborough Field on Saturday. MOC won the first game 6-3 and won the second game 16-1.
The Wolves (4-4) and Trojans (5-0) finish off their three game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Game One: No. 1 Mount Olive 6, Newberry 3
The Trojans used a trio of solo homeruns to provide the difference in the day's first game.
After Newberry left runners on the corners in the first inning, Mike Mercurio led off the bottom of the frame with a homer and Geno Escalante hit a solo shot to take a 2-0 lead. Daniel Oliver reached on an error to plate Braden Reitano and give the hosts the advantage.
Newberry cut into the lead when Albert Baur (Philadephia, Pa.) plated Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) with a double in the third inning to make it 3-1, but the Trojans scored on a first-and-third play in the fourth to put the advantage back out to three runs.
Baur hit an RBI single in the fifth to make it 4-2, but Mercurio's RBI single in the sixth put MOC's lead back at three runs.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) led off the seventh with a double and was plated by Wesley Camp's (Pelion, S.C.) sacrifice hit to make it 5-3. Reitano hit a solo homer in the seventh to make it 6-3 and no Wolves could reach base in the eighth or ninth to give Mount Olive the win.
Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year, allowing five runs - three earned - on nine hits in 6.0 innings, striking out three and walking one.
Baur reached base all four trips to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two RBIs, while Siler was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Camp was 2-for-4.
Game Two: No. 1 Mount Olive 16, Newberry 1
Sheridan hit his first collegiate homerun with one out in the second inning to give the Wolves the lead, but the top-ranked Trojans scored 16 straight to cruise to a win.
Newberry started the game with three straight singles and couldn't score and left two runners stranded in the second. From there only four more Wolves reached base with one reaching scoring position.
The Trojans scored three unearned runs in the third to take the lead and put up six in the fourth, thanks in large part to a three-run Reitano double. Walks put the Newberry pitching staff in trouble as five runs came across in the inning without a hit. MOC closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Sheridan reached base twice, but no Wolves had multiple hits in the game. Reitano had four RBIs and four runs scored for Mount Olive.
Camp fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing nine runs on 10 hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. The Wolves only struck out one batter in the game.