FOREST CITY, N.C. - The fourth-seeded Newberry Wolves were within striking distance for most of the night but could not close a tight margin late in a 7-2 loss to the third-seeded Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters in the first round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament at McNair Field.
Newberry falls to 29-22 overall on the season and will face top-seeded Catawba (29-16) at 3:45 p.m. Friday in what amounts to an elimination game for the scarlet and gray.
Newberry starter Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.; 8-3) allowed only three earned runs in his 7.0 innings of work on 11 hits, but three straight hits by LMU in the bottom of the eighth started a rally the Wolves couldn't recover from.
Newberry led 1-0 after the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.), who was the only player in scarlet and gray to record multiple hits. LMU tied up the game in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single after an outfield error.
LMU took the lead in the third on a double after a failed pickoff throw put a runner on third and a two-out double by Kelvin Brito in the fifth made it a 3-1 game.
Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) brought home a run on an RBI groundout in the seventh to cap Newberry's scoring, as the Wolves stranded six runners in scoring position on the night, with four on third base while it was still a one-run game.
Cranmer was the only Newberry player with multiple hits on a 2-for-4 night, as LMU starter Logan Sawyer earned a complete game win with 10 strikeouts on seven hits with 132 pitches.