NEWBERRY - Eric Barbieri crushed a two-run homerun as part of a four-run fourth inning to help propel the Newberry Wolves to a 7-4 victory over the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters at the Smith Road Complex on Friday night.
Newberry moves to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, as the game was both team's league opener. Lincoln Memorial is now 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league. The teams are scheduled to wrap up the series at 1 p.m. Saturday with a doubleheader.
Barbieri went 2-for-4 in the game with three RBIs, while leadoff hitter Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple which each drove in a run. Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) had an RBI double in the game and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) had two hits and two runs scored.
Newberry starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) was perfect through the first three innings, allowing the Wolves to take the lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.).
The Railsplitters took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Scott Miller and a sacrifice fly from Kelvin Brito.
The Wolves regained the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out rally sparked by Cranmer's RBI triple to the left-center gap. Baur drove him in with a double to the gap and Barbieri hammered his second homer of the season into the pond beyond the left field fence to put the scarlet and gray up by a 5-2 count.
LMU scored a pair in the fifth to narrow its deficit to one run, but Newberry's pitching went on to shut down rallies throughout the game.
The Wolves scored a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Cranmer and a sacrifice fly from Barbieri.
Cromer moved to 1-0 on the year, allowing four runs - three earned - in 5.0 innings of work, with six hits, five strikeouts and a walk. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) threw three scoreless innings of relief on two hits with four strikeouts, while Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.