|March 22, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||R||H||E|
|Win: Tyler Brown (2-1)||1.2||2||0||0||1||0|
|Loss: Daniel Nations (2-2)||4.1||5||4||3||3||5|
|Thomas Spitz (WU)||5||1||3||0||0||0|
|Brad Cherry (WU)||4||1||3||1||0||0|
|Eric Barbieri (NBY)||4||1||3||0||1||0|
|March 22, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Ben Currie (5-1)||7.0||3||0||0||0||9|
|Loss: Jake Nidiffer (2-1)||6.1||5||4||0||2||1|
|Blake Prince (WU)||3||1||3||0||0||0|
|Eric Barbieri (NBY)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Nolan Schrenker (NBY)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Robert Kosch (NBY)||2||0||1||0||0||0|
NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves challenged Wingate until the last possible moment in both games of Saturday's South Atlantic Conference doubleheader but were swept in the series after a 5-2 loss in 10 innings in the opening contest and a 4-0 loss in the series finale.
Newberry falls to 16-15 overall and 8-10 in league play. The Wolves host Erskine on Tuesday and travel to Limestone on Wednesday before the final home SAC series of the year on Friday and Saturday against Lenoir-Rhyne. Wingate is now 21-7 overall and 15-5 in the league.
Game One: Wingate 5, Newberry 2 (10 innings)
Both sides pitched well until the Bulldogs put up three runs in the top of the 10th after Newberry squandered a chance in the bottom of the ninth.
Wingate scored a run on a two-out single by Justin Somers in the second to open the scoring. Newberry got its first runs of the weekend in the fourth when Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) hit a single to center with two runners on which was misplayed by the Wingate centerfielder, allowing the Wolves to take a 2-1 lead.
The guests scored an unearned run on a two-out RBI double from Eric Serra in the seventh, then proceeded three runners in scoring position in regulation.
Newberry challenged in the ninth after a single by Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) followed by Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) ripping a double just inside the third base bag. Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, but Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) grounded into a double play to send the game to extra innings.
A misplayed bunt with two runners on, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the 10th gave Wingate the needed lead, as Newberry ended the game with the tying run at the plate.
Newberry starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) allowed one run on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 5.2 innings, but was removed after being hit in the hand by a ground ball. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.; 2-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Wingate reliever Tyler Brown (2-1) got the win, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings.
Game Two: Wingate 4, Newberry 0
The finale was scoreless until a botched play in the top of the seventh opened the floodgates, with Wingate becoming the first team since Tusculum in 2011 to sweep Newberry at home.
Newberry's Jake Nidiffer (Columbia, S.C.; 2-1) and Wingate's Ben Currie (5-1) powered their way through both lineups. Currie allowed only three baserunners all day, while Nidiffer worked around a bases loaded jam with none out in the second. He then calmed down to allow two singles - with one rolled up in an ensuing double play - through the sixth inning.
A leadoff single in the seventh was followed by a sacrifice bunt, a walk and a hit batsman to load the bases for the Bulldogs with none out. Michael Godinez bounced a ball back to the mound, setting up a potential double play, but the throw was wide, allowing two runs to score and start a Wingate rally of four runs.
Newberry went down in order in the seventh to wrap up a painful weekend at the plate. Currie struck out nine and allowed three hits with no walks. Nidiffer allowed four unearned runs on five hits with a strikeout and two walks in 6.1 innings pitched.