GAFFNEY - Eric Barbieri and Ryan Cranmer each had three hits and drove in three runs as the Newberry Wolves pounded out 19 hits on the way to a 16-3 rout of the Limestone Saints at Bob Prevatte Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Newberry moves to 20-15 on the year and completes a season sweep of Limestone (16-14). The Wolves host Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference series this weekend, with a single game at 6 p.m. Friday and a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.
Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) crushed the ball with his fourth homerun of the season and two doubles. Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) reached base five times in seven plate appearances and had a crucial two-run single to kickstart the seven runs scored by Newberry in the fourth inning. SAC Player of the Week Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) was 2-for-5 in the game with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Matt Gaine (Goshen, N.Y.) was 3-for-5 in the game and started Newberry's scoring with an RBI singe in the second inning to plate Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.), who had reached on a double. Barbieri's two-run bomb in the third gave the scarlet and gray a 3-0 lead.
Newberry sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs. All of the runs were scored with two outs in the inning and five were unearned after Baur reachd on a dropped fly ball. Cranmer drove in two runs with a single, while Bradley Nichols (Winter Springs, Fla.), Barbieri, Sheridan and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) all drove in a run apiece. 10 Wolves reached base consecutively in the monster inning that staked Newberry out to a 10-0 lead.
A pair of RBI groundouts by Limestone in the bottom of the fourth narrowed the lead to 10-2, but Baur's two-run homer to straightaway centerfield in the fifth put the lead back at 10 runs at 12-2.
Cranmer hit an RBI single and Nichols drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it a 14-2 lead after six, and Gaine's RBI single in the seventh made it 15-2 at the stretch. Limestone added a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 15-3.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) went 2-for-2 at the plate off the bench and capped the scoring in the ninth with an RBI double to right field.
The Wolves' pitching staff was solid, with Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) moving to 2-2 on the season after allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out five batters in 5.1 innings of his start. Clay Burgess (Hanahan, S.C.) pitch 0.2 of an inning perfectly to relieve Camp and strand two Saints on base. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.), Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and D.J. Hearsey (Oviedo, Fla.) each pitch an inning of relief, with Nations allowing an unearned run on one hit. Roberts and Hearsey were each perfect in their inning with two strikeouts apiece.