NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves fell behind early and struggled to recover in an 8-3 loss to the Flying Fleet of Erskine College at the Smith Road Complex on a chilly Tuesday night.
Newberry falls to even .500 at 16-16 entering a 3 p.m. Wednesday road game at Limestone. Erskine is now 20-7 on the season and takes both ends of the season series from the scarlet and gray.
The Wolves' Mike Delee (Dorchester, S.C.) made his first collegiate start and allowed a double to the first batter before unfortunate luck befell him. He allowed six runs in the first two innings on seven hits and an error, with almost none hit with force.
From there, the freshman calmed down. He allowed only one baserunner in the next six innings, retiring 11 consecutive Erskine batters at one point. He didn't receive much help from the offense though. Newberry was unable to score on Erskine starter Dustin Sherbert, who allowed five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings. The Wolves stranded four runners in scoring position in his start, including the bases loaded to cap the sixth. EC pushed the lead to 7-0 with a solo run in the top of the seventh.
The Wolves got on the board in the seventh after the first three runners reached base, loading the bases and start a rally. Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) smoked a single up the middle for two runs and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) brought home a run with a sacrifice fly to narrow the deficit to 7-3.
Newberry relief was solid in the late going, but an unearned run in the ninth made the comeback tougher. The offense was only able to get one baserunner on in the last two innings.
Kirby went 3-for-4 in the contest, while Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) had two base hits.