WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves had a lead after six innings, but the homestanding Wingate Bulldogs mounted a huge comeback to beat the Wolves 9-7 in South Atlantic Conference action at Ron Christopher Stadium on Friday evening.
Newberry falls to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Wingate is now 10-8 overall and 5-2 in the league. The teams will meet for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Wolves a 7-1 lead, but the scarlet and gray were held off the scoreboard for the rest of the night.
The Wolves scored in the top of the first on an RBI double by Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and an RBI double in the second by Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) gave Newberry a 2-0 lead. WU's Eric Serra hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 2-1.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) led off the fourth with a double and scored on a Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) RBI single to make it 3-1. Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) hit a single which was also misplayed by a fielder, scoring Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.). Cranmer followed with his fourth homer of the season to push the lead to 7-1.
Defending SAC and regional pitcher of the week Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) was effective through seven innings, but allowed a three-run, two-out homer to Josh Clark in the sixth to see the lead cut to 7-4. Roberts earned no decision after allowing four runs on nine hits in 7.0 innings with five strikeouts.
The Bulldogs took the lead on a Grant McCoury RBI double, a Brad Cherry RBI fielder's choice and a three-run homer from Blake Prince to give the hosts a 9-7 lead. The heart of the order came up in the ninth, but a strikeout and two hard-hit long outs to centerfield handed the Bulldogs the win.
WU starter Ben Currie went 8.0 innings and allowed 12 hits and seven runs while throwing 125 pitches. He was trailing when Wingate went on the eighth inning rally but got the win to move to 2-1. Brett Morgan got the save with a perfect ninth inning.
Cranmer and Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) each went 2-for-4, while Paige was 2-for-5. All nine starters for Newberry had at least one hit in the ballgame.