NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves completed the season series sweep of the Erskine Flying Fleet on Tuesday night at the Smith Road Complex, taking an 8-3 victory at home.
Newberry is now 19-15 overall entering a 3 p.m. Wednesday game at Limestone, in search of its second season sweep of an in-state opponent in as many days. Erskine falls to 18-14 overall.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, while Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.), Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.), Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) each collected two hits.
The Wolves jumped on Erskine early, putting up four runs in the first inning. Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) ripped a leadoff single and scored when Cranmer blasted a double to right field. After Cranmer stole third, Bradley Nichols (Winter Springs, Fla.) brought him home with a two-out RBI single. The rally continued with RBI doubles by Barbieri and Sheridan to stake the scarlet and gray to an early lead.
Erskine chopped the lead in half in the fourth inning on RBI doubles by Logan Galliher and Sam Cothran to make it 4-2.
Sheridan hit a two-out RBI single in the fifth and Schrenker scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to put the lead out to 6-2. After Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.) reached on a two-base error, Camp and Schrenker made the Fleet pay with RBI doubles to cap the Wolves' scoring. Erskine tacked on a run in the ninth, but the Wolves induced a double play to end the game.
On the mound, Will Robbins (Edgemoor, S.C.) got the win to move to 2-1 on the year, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks, striking out two in 3.1 innings of relief. Evan Brown (Columbia, S.C.) had a solid start, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in 3.2 innings, while Matthew Jolly (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) allowed a run on two hits, walking none and striking out two in 2.0 innings in his first varsity appearance of the season.
Dustin Sherbert (2-3) was tagged with the loss for Erskine, allowing four runs in his one inning of work. The Flying Fleet staff day used eight pitchers in an inning apiece. Galliher was the only Erskine player with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 at the plate.