Baur's walkoff double earns Wolves a Senior Day split with Eagles

Baur's walkoff double earns Wolves a Senior Day split with Eagles
Saturday, April 6, 2013 | by Baur drives in four runs in nightcap win

NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves came back from two late deficits in the second game of the nightcap of Saturday's Senior Day doubleheader with Carson-Newman to earn a split. The Eagles won the first game 8-1, while Newberry took a 6-5 win in the second game.

With Saturday's split, Newberry is now 24-19 overall and 10-12 in South Atlanitc Conference, while Carson-Newman is 16-22 overall and 12-12 in the league. Newberry hosts Coker at 6 p.m. Monday and closes out the regular season at Brevard on Friday and Saturday with a spot in the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament on the line.

Prior to the doubleheader, a ceremony honored Newberry's 14 seniors - Alex Brown (Columbia, S.C.), Evan Brown (Columbia, S.C.), Austin Bryson (Boiling Springs, S.C.), Jesus Chirino (Havana, Cuba), Hunter Cox (Andrews, S.C.), Evan Darr (North Augusta, S.C.), Matt Gaine (Goshen, N.Y.), Chris Harper (Lexington, S.C.), D.J. Hearsey (Oviedo, Fla.), Jeremy Keen (St. Johns, Fla.), Dell Lever (Newberry, S.C.), Mario Rojas (Miami, Fla.), Tyler Sturkie (West Columbia, S.C.) and Andy Vogel (Marietta, Ga.).

Game One: Carson-Newman 8, Newberry 1
A seven-run fourth inning powered the visiting Eagles to a win in the day's first game, as only two other runs were scored. Carson-Newman scored on a single in the first and starter Alex Britt kept the Wolves' bats quiet.

JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) led off the fifth inning with singles and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. The Wolves scored their only run on a Gaine RBI groundout. Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) had Newberry's only multi-hit game with a single and a double.

Newberry pitching worked out of jams throughout the game, with seniors having solid outings. Cox allowed no runs on two hits in 3.1 innings, Evan Brown allowed one run in 1.0 inning, Hearsey allowed no runs in a full inning and Lever got the final out for the Wolves.

Brandon Ahrens (Newberry, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to fall to 3-3 on the year, allowing five runs on six hits.

Carson-Newman 8, Newberry 1
(Apr 6, 2013 at Newberry, S.C.) (Game 1)
Carson-Newman... 100 700 000 - 8 13 0 (16-21, 12-11 SAC)
Newberry........ 000 010 000 - 1 4 0 (23-19, 9-12 SAC)
Pitchers: Carson-Newman - Alex Britt and Kevin Franchetti; Jackson Reid. Newberry - Brandon Ahrens; Alex Roberts(4); Evan Brown(4); Hunter Cox(5); D.J. Hearsey(8); Dell Lever(9) and Matt Gaine.
Win-Alex Britt(4-3) Loss-Brandon Ahrens(3-3) T-2:40
Weather: PERFECT
Alex Roberts faced 2 batters in the 4th.

Game Two: Newberry 6, Carson-Newman 5
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) drove in four runs in the final two innings to clinch the win for Newberry with a two-run walkoff double after the bases were loaded.

What started as a pitcher's duel evolved into a slugfest in the final two innings. Newberry scored in the second when Chas Goodwin (Greer, S.C.) led off the third inning with a walk and scored on a Vogel double.

That would be Newberry's only hit of the game until the sixth inning. Carson-Newman had only two singles in the first five innings off of Newberry starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.), but took the lead in the sixth with a single, double and triple in the sixth to get a 2-1 lead.

Cranmer led off the bottom of the sixth with a double off of C-N's Dustin Dunagan and was followed by Baur, who creamed a homerun over the right field fence to put Newberry up by a 3-2 count. Zach Morgan (Greenville, S.C.) hit a double with one out, and a Goodwin double with two outs made it a 4-2 game entering the final inning.

Carson-Newman reached on an error to lead off the seventh and scored three runs in the inning to take the lead at 5-4.

Newberry had to face closer Ryan Fillers, who had shut the Wolves down Friday. This time the Wolves responded in dramatic fashion. Anthony Siler (Longwood, Fla.) led off with a single to left field and Bradley laced a single through the right side. Cranmer battled through a long plate appearance to earn a walk and load the bases.

Baur fought off tough pitches with a 2-2 count and found one he liked, blasting a line drive double to the right-center gap to score the winning runs.

Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) earned the win with 0.2 innings of relief to move his record to 3-1 on the season.

Baur was the only Newberry player with multiple hits in the game. He had four RBIs, while Goodwin and Vogel each drove in a run.

Newberry 6, Carson-Newman 5
(Apr 6, 2013 at Newberry, S.C.) (Game 2)
Carson-Newman... 000 002 3 - 5 9 2 (16-22, 12-12 SAC)
Newberry........ 001 003 2 - 6 8 1 (24-19, 10-12 SAC)
Pitchers: Carson-Newman - Quinton Yocom; Daniel Sharp(4); Dustin Dunagan(6); Lucas Watson(6); Ryan Fillers(6) and Kevin Franchetti; Jackson Reid. Newberry - Cole Cromer; Will Robbins(6); Tyler Sturkie(7); Matt Chapman(7) and Chas Goodwin.
Win-Matt Chapman(3-1) Loss-Ryan Fillers(1-2) T-2:32 A-446
HR NEW - Albert Baur (7).
Weather: PERFECT
Q. Yocom faced 1 batter in the 4th.
D. Dunagan faced 2 batters in the 6th.
R. Fillers faced 4 batters in the 7th.