FOREST CITY, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves could not make the most of opportunities on offense, while the Tusculum Pioneers did, giving the Pioneers a 7-1 win in the first round of the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament at McNair Field on Thursday night.
With the loss, the fourth-seeded Wolves fall to 27-21 on the year and face sixth-seeded Carson-Newman at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Carson-Newman upset top-seeded Tusculum 5-1 Thursday.
In a battle of pitching aces, TC's Taylor Rakes came out on top, pitching a nine-hit complete game and stranding eight Newberry runners, four of those in scoring position. A sacrifice fly by Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the sixth brought home Newberry's only run.
Newberry starter Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) fell to 8-2 on the year, allowing five runs - only three earned - on eight hits in 5.2 innings. The Pioneers's Matt Henriksen hit a two-run triple with two outs in the first and TC scored unearned runs in the fourth and the fifth.
Later in the game, two Pioneer runs scored on wild pitches and a bloop double capped the scoring.
For the Wolves, Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.), Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) and Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) had two hits apiece.