NEWBERRY - On a day the Newberry Wolves celebrated the careers of their nine seniors, one of them stepped up in a big way to help the scarlet and gray earned a series win over Lenoir-Rhyne with Sunday's 8-2 victory.
Newberry is now 18-18 overall and 10-11 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Lenoir-Rhyne is now 9-26 overall and 6-16 in the league. Newberry travels to GRU Augusta on Tuesday, hosts USC Aiken on Wednesday and is at Carson-Newman next weekend in SAC action.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored in the top of the first and the Wolves tied up the game in the bottom of the frame on a solo homerun by Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.) - his second of the series and fifth of the season.
Newberry took the lead on Jermale Paige's (Walterboro, S.C.) sacrifice fly and with the bases loaded, Cranmer smashed a ball that was just inches short of a grand slam. It was still a three-run triple and it was followed by an RBI single by Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.), pushing the lead to 6-1.
The Wolves scored two more runs in the third on a throwing error and an RBI bunt single by Paige, cruising to an 8-1 lead. L-R cut the lead down with a solo homer from Brandon Walker in the fourth, but the Bears were held at bay for the rest of the game.
Newberry freshman pitcher Jake Nidiffer (Columbia, S.C.) went 7.0 innings with four strikeouts and a walk, allowing two runs on seven hits. Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) went 2.0 innings of relief and was perfect with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Cranmer was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored, while Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Prior to the game, Eric Barbieri, Ryan Cranmer, Andrew Gettys, Chas Goodwin, Matthew Jolly, Calahan Kirkhart, Robert Langford, Zach Morgan and Jermale Paige were honored along with their families for their contributions to the program as seniors. The game was the final SAC weekend home game of the season, as Newberry's final three conference series are on the road.