NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves jumped out to an early lead and held on through a late rally to take a 7-5 win over the No. 4 Catawba Indians at the Smith Road Complex on Saturday evening.
With the win, Newberry is now 8-6 on the year with a 2-0 South Atlantic Conference record and is the only team without a league loss. Catawba falls to 10-2 and 2-2 in the conference. The teams will conclude their series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday, with both games scheduled for seven innings.
Starting pitcher Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) helped the Wolves' early start with a fantastic start, striking out 10 batters in seven innings. He brought his record up to 2-1 on the year, allowing only three hits and an unearned run.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) got on base with a single in the bottom of the first and scored when Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) roped a double down the left field line. Cranmer scored on a single by Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) to give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead.
The Wolves extended the lead in the fourth after Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) led off with a double to the right-center gap and scored on Sheridan's double down the right field line. Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.) hit a bunt single and a series of wild pitches and passed balls by defending SAC Pitcher of the Week Nick Lomascolo brought two more runs home and gave the Wolves a 5-0 lead.
Sheridan's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth put Newberry up 6-0. Lomascolo lasted five innings, allowing six runs - four earned - on nine hits and a walk, striking out only one.
Catawba finally scratched a run across in the sixth to make it 6-1, but the Wolves responded with another Sheridan RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to get back out to a six-run lead at 7-1.
In the ninth, the Indians got their first three runners on base, with Julio Zubillaga driving in the first run with a single, making it a 7-2 game. Danny Parisi drove in a run with a single, Cameron Cockman brought home a run with a single and a run came home on an error. With the winning run at the plate, left fielder Camp came to the mound and earned the save with one pitch when he forced pinch hitter Mario Parisi to ground out and end the game.
Newberry pitchers struck out 12, while Catawba pitchers only struck out three. Sheridan was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Barbieri also went 2-for-3.