NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves bashed out 18 hits and earned a season-opening sweep of the King Tornado with Sunday's 9-3 win at the Smith Road Complex.
Newberry now stands at 3-0 on the season entering Wednesday's non-conference game against North Greenville at 4 p.m. King falls to 0-3 and travels to Georgia College next weekend.
Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) went 4-for-5 at the plate for Newberry and was one of six Wolves with multiple hits in the game, but it was the Tornado who jumped on the scoreboard first with a two-out, two-run homerun by Hunter Smith in the top of the first.
Newberry cut into the lead in the third inning with a two-out RBI single from Stanland with the bases loaded, but the rally was cut short when a runner was thrown out at home plate on the play.
The Wolves loaded up the bases again in the fourth and forced King into tough plays to push acress three runs and take the lead for good. Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) drove in a run, another run scored on an error and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) scored from third on a balk.
The meat of the Wolves' order priduced the runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. Paige hit an RBI double followed by a run-scoring single from Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) and two runs scoring on a single by Eric Barbieri (Marlton, N.J.) followed by a fielding error to make it an 8-2 Newberry lead.
King scored their first earned run of the day with a two-out rally in the seventh and the Wolves put a cap on the scoring with Barbieri's RBI single in the eighth.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) earned the win on the mound for Newberry, allowing three runs - one earned - on nine hits in 7.0 innings with five strikeouts and only one walk. In relief, Will Robbins (Edgemoor, S.C.) cruised through the eighth inning on only seven pitches with a punchout and Austin Walker (Charleston, S.C.) allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth inning in his collegiate debut.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Paige, Cranmer, Barbieri and Kirby each had two hits apiece with Kirby scoring three runs.