MARS HILL, N.C. - Albert Baur scored the game-winning run with a solo homerun in the top of the sixth to give the Newberry Wolves a 5-4 win in the South Atlantic Conference opener against the Mars Hill Lions at Henderson Field on Friday afternoon.
The Wolves are now 6-5 overall and 1-0 in SAC play, while the Lions fall to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in the league. The teams will close their series with a Sunday 1 p.m. doubleheader. Both ends of the rescheduled twinbill will be seven-inning games.
Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) got the Wolves off to a great start with his first homer of the season with two outs in the first, but the Lions tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the frame with a Tyler Shuler RBI groundout. Newberry could not score in the top of the second and Mars Hill took the lead in the back half of the inning on a solo homer by Thomas Timmerman and an RBI single by Evan Rogers to make it a 3-1 leads for the hosts.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) each had singles to put runners on the corners in the third and a sacrifice fly from Cranmer and an Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) RBI single tied the game up.
Sheridan led the fifth off with a double to the gap in left-center, and Camp's sacrifice fly gave Newberry a 4-3 lead. Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a bomb to right field to lead off the sixth to put Newberry up 5-3.
The Wolves' defense erased three Lions off of the basepaths in the middle innings, but Phillip Caroll led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and scored on an error later in the inning to cut the lead to one run. The Wolves shut MHC down in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) moved to 1-1 on the season with a complete game, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and a walk with six strikeouts. It was the sophomore's third career complete game.
The homers from Baur and Cranmer were each player's first of the year. Cranmer was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Barbieri was 3-for-4 and Sheridan was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.