NEWBERRY – Senior lefthanded pitched Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) was outstanding in his 2015 debut for the Newberry College baseball team as the Wolves picked up a 4-1 win over the GRU Augusta Jaguars in Newberry's home opener.
The preseason All-SAC and All-Southeast Region first team selection went seven complete innings allowing one unearned run and striking out six Jaguars en route to picking up his first win of the year. The Wolves (1-1) picked up their first victory of the 2015 campaign with the win over the Jaguars (1-1).
Camp rolled through the GRU Augusta lineup, facing the bare minimum of Jaguar batters until the fifth inning. He did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning when Hunter Boose legged out an infield single but was later thrown out attempting to steal second base.
The first runner to advanced past first base in Camp’s final inning of work when Nick Rau led off the seventh inning with a single. The next batter C.J. Reed bounced a high hopper to Camp who threw to second base to attempt to start the double play opportunity. The throw was just a little high for shortstop Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) and the Jags had runners on first and second with nobody out. The next batter laid down a sacrifice bunt that led to the Jags only run of the afternoon.
Newberry executed with precision this afternoon, cashing in on every scoring opportunity but two on the afternoon.
The Wolves got rolling early as Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and Michael Gonzalez (Wilsonville, Ore.) perfectly executed a hit and run as Gonzalez took off from second and Sneed made use of the vacated third base position to pick up a single and an RBI in the first inning.
Two scoreless innings passed before a leadoff walk by Sneed put Newberry in scoring position for the third time in the game. Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) proceeded to blast a 2-0 fastball into orbit for his first homerun of the season to put the Wolves up 3-0.
After giving up the Jags sole run, Newberry responded with a leadoff double to the right-centerfield by senior Ty Powell (Charleston, S.C.). A sacrifice bunt moved Powell to third, sophomore Kosch laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score Powell and push the lead to 4-1.
Senior Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) came on in relief of Camp in the eighth inning, striking two in a scoreless inning of work.
Junior preseason All-SAC second team selection Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) came on to slam the door on the Jaguars in the ninth and pick up his first save of the year. Nations gave up a leadoff single but forced GRU Augusta centerfielder Christopher Michals into grounding into a double play. Nations surrendered a walk but struck out the final batter of the afternoon to seal up the win for Newberry.
Six different Newberry picked up hits in the game with Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) belting a double to centerfield. Freshman Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) picked up his first collegiate hit with a single up the middle in the bottom of the second. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) recorded the sixth hit for the Wolves as he was 1-for-2 on the afternoon with a sacrifice bunt.
The Wolves do not have a non-conference contest this week, but return to action next Friday, February 7, at the Smith Road Complex when they take on the Anderson University Trojans to begin South Atlantic Conference play. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.