HICKORY, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves came out on the wrong end of both games of Saturday's South Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Lenoir-Rhyne, with the Bears winning the first game 6-1 and taking the series win with a 10-7 win in the short game.
Newberry falls to 18-15 overall and 8-8 in SAC play. L-R is now 13-21 overall and 7-11 in the league. The Wolves host Erskine at 6 p.m. Tuesday and travel to Gaffney for a 3 p.m. game at Limestone on Wednesday. The scarlet and gray's next SAC series comes at home on Friday and Saturday against Anderson.
Game One: Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Newberry 1
The Wolves stranded seven runners in scoring position and were in the game until the very end, as the Bears took the first game of the day by a 6-1 decision.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) continued his torrid hitting pace, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the eighth that would drive in Newberry's only run. Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) went 3-for-4 and Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) and Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.) each reached base three times.
Brandon Ahrens (Newberry, S.C.) was a tough luck loser on the mound, allowing only two runs in the first inning. He fell to 3-2 on the season after going 7.0 innings, giving up six hits and three walks while striking out two.
Despite the lack of offense, Newberry was in the game throughout and trailed only 2-1 in the middle of the eighth after Baur's RBI double, but the Bears put up four runs in the bottom of the inning. Goodwin and Camp reached base on a walk and a hit to lead off the ninth, but a hard-hit double play and a strikeout ended the chances of a rally.
Game Two: Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Newberry 7
The Wolves jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the top of the second inning, but a big L-R inning and Newberry's inability to score down the stretch gave the Bears the series.
Newberry out-hit the Bears by a 13-10 margin, but could not score in the final five innings despite having three chances with the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning.
Baur started the scoring for Newberry with an RBI single in the first, but L-R's Hall led off the bottom of the frame with a solo homerun and Martin's RBI single gave the hosts a 2-1 lead.
Newberry surged in the top of the second inning with a two-run single by Camp, who would score on a fielding error by an outfielder attempting to handle a single by Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.). Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) hit an RBI single and with two outs, Bradley Nichols (Winter Springs, Fla.) smashed a two-run single up the middle to put Newberry up by a 7-2 margin. L-R manufactured a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to three runs.
Things were going well for the Wolves until the bottom of the fifth, when the Bears put up four runs on three homers to take an 8-7 lead. Newberry had two runners on in the sixth and a double play ended the inning, when L-R scored two on a misplay on a single in the outfield to push the lead to 10-7.
Nichols and Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) led off the seventh with singles to put the tying run at the plate three times, but two strikeouts and a flyout ended Newberry's chances and gave the Bears the win.
Paige was 3-for-4 in the game, while Camp and Nichols each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to fall to 0-3, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Sheridan also had two hits.