NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves won the first game of Saturday's South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with the Tusculum Pioneers 3-1, but dropped the rubber game of the series 5-3.
Newberry is now 14-10 on the year with a 6-4 SAC mark and hosts nationally ranked Lander on Wednesday. Tusculum is now 13-7 and 7-5 in the league.
Game One: Newberry 3, Tusculum 1
Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) allowed one run in eight innings and the trio of Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.), Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) and Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) each drove in a run to even the series at a game apiece.
Rosenberger (4-0) allowed a run in the second on a first-and-third double steal, but allowed only six hits and a walk against five strikeouts in his eight innings. Tyler Sturkie (West Columbia, S.C.) earned his second save of the season with a single and two strikeouts in the ninth.
The Wolves scored in the first on Baur's RBI groundout and took the lead for good on back-to-back RBI singles from Camp and Cranmer with two outs in the fifth.
Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) each had a pair of hits in the inning.
Game Two: Tusculum 5, Newberry 3
The Pioneers scored four runs in the second and the Wolves could not score with the winning run at the plate in the seventh, giving TC the series.
Newberry had a 2-0 lead after the first when Camp scored on a wild pitch and Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) hit an RBI single. Tusculum scored four in the top of the second and then both teams put up goose-eggs until the final frame.
The Pioneers added an insurance run on a Heath Comerford RBI fielder's choice, and Newberry scored in the bottom half on an RBI single from Paige, but the rally was snuffed with a late flyout.
Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) took the loss, allowing five runs in 6.0 innings. Kirby was 2-for-3 in the game as the only Newberry player with multiple hits.