MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves seemed poised to upset the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, but the host Mount Olive Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to take a 6-5 win at Scarborough Field on Sunday afternoon.
Newberry falls to 4-5 on the season with the loss, while Mount Olive is now 6-0. Newberry hosts Coker at 5 p.m. Tuesday and visits Erskine on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. South Atlantic Conference play begins Friday with a three-game set at Mars Hill.
Neither team could cross home plate in the first four innings and the Wolves struck first in the top of the fifth. Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) hit a single and stole second and was plated on a two-out RBI single by Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.). The Wolves then loaded the bases, but a pitching change got MOC out of the inning with Newberry up 1-0.
The Wolves added a run in the top of the seventh when Camp hit a bunt single, stole secnd and came home on am RBI single by Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.).
Mount Olive tied the game up in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out two-run double by Zak Orrison.
Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.) led off the eighth with a double and moved to third on a but single by Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.). Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) brought Vogel home with an RBI single and scored himself on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) to put Newberry up 4-2 after eight.
Sheridan hit a sacrifice fly to score Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the top of the ninth to give the Wolves a 5-2 lead headed to the bottom of the ninth.
The Trojans drew three walks in the bottom of the frame, with Mike Mercurio's bases loaded walk made it a 5-3 game. Matt Petrone tied the game up with a two-run single. Geno Escalante was intentionally walked and a new pitcher tried to pick him off, but the ball was thrown away and Mercurio scored the winning run.
At the plate, Schrenker went 4-for-5 with a run scored. Camp, Cranmer, Vogel and Paige each had two hits, while Sheridan had a team-high two RBIs.
Starter Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one. Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.