NEWBERRY - Both the Newberry Wolves and Carson-Newman Eagles had strong pitching performances in Friday's South Atlantic Conference series opener, but it was the visiting Eagles who took a 3-1 win at the Smith Road Complex.
Newberry falls to 23-18 overall and 9-11 in SAC play, while Carson-Newman is now 15-21 and 11-11 in the league. The Wolves and Eagles complete their series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. The Wolves' 14 seniors will be honored prior to the day's first game at 12:30 p.m.
Newberry starter Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) and reliever Will Robbins (Edgemoor, S.C.) teamed up for an efficient performance, as Rosenberger allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Robbins struck out three batters in the ninth and the duo issued no walks in the game. Rosenberger falls to 7-1 on the year.
Carson-Newman's Chris Armstrong allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in 7.0 innings with six strikeouts to move to 5-5 on the year, while reliever Ryan Fillers earned his fifth save with 2.0 innings of perfect relief and three strikeouts.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the second with a two-out rally. Cody Fox was hit by a pitch and Kevin Franchetti reached on an infield single. Bryan Everhart laced a two-run double to deep centerfield to give C-N a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Newberry answered with its own two-out rally. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) singled to left and stole second and Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.) blasted a double to left-center and cut the lead to 2-1.
Both teams had chances to pull away throughout the game and could not rally. Newberry stranded four runners in scoring position despite only two leadoff hitters reaching base, while the Eagles also stranded four runners in scoring position.
Carson-Newman's insurance run came in the eighth inning after Joe Tipton was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Fox's double to the gap in left-center.
Newberry had seven hits to C-N's six, but the Wolves also committed three errors. The the Wolves' pitchers' credit, none of the Eagles who reached on an error could advance.
Bradley and Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) had two hits apiece, while Goodwin's double was Newberry's only extra base hit.