NEWBERRY – The Newberry College Wolves put together nine hits but only pushed across one run, leaving 13 runners on base in a 7-1 loss to the Anderson Trojans at the Smith Road Complex on Friday.
Newberry (1-2, 0-1 South Atlantic Conference) struggled to execute with runners on base while the Trojans (1-2, 1-0 SAC) pieced together 10 hits and scored seven runs. The Wolves were 5-of-15 with runners on, but only 2-of-10 with runners in scoring position while Anderson was 6-of-18 with men on base.
Evan Jordan picked up the win for the Trojans while Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) was tagged with the loss for Newberry. Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) paced the Wolves offensively with a pair of hits apiece. LJ Newman led all hitters on the afternoon with a 3-for-4 outing with a double and a pair of runs scored. Steven Cooper also added a pair of hits and runs scored for Anderson.
After 1-2-3 first inning for both sides, Anderson threatened in the top of the second as Newman led off with a single and Brett Cash drew a walk to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Rosenberger worked out the jam after picking up a pair of swinging strikeouts and a fly out.
The Wolves smelled blood for the first time in the bottom of the third as Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) walked on four pitches with two outs. Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) picked up a perfectly executed hit-and-run to put runners on the corners with two outs. However, Anderson starter Nick Contafio got the next batter to strike out to end the inning for the Wolves.
Anderson struck first as Cooper led off the top half of the fourth with a single to right center field. Newman followed up with a double down the left field line to put runners on second and third with no outs. A balk plated the first run for Trojans and a Travis Smith single scored Newman from third to put Anderson up 2-0.
Newberry answered in the bottom of the fourth as the Wolves got their first leadoff hitter on as Baur laced a single back up the middle. After a walk and a sacrifice bunt, the Wolves had runners on second and third with only one out. Contafio recorded a strike out but not before Martinez ripped a line drive to right that drove home Baur. That turned out to be the sole run for the Wolves in the game as the next batter grounded out to end the inning.
Rosenberger went 1-2-3 again in the top of the fifth inning to get the Wolves back in the dugout with the momentum on their side. Kosch led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single through the left side but Jordan, who came on to pitch for Contafio at the start of the inning, forced a double play. With two outs Michael Gonzalez (Wilsonville, Ore.) singled off the pitcher. Baur and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) produced back-to-back singles to load up the bases with two down, but Jordan picked up a strike out looking to end the Newberry threat.
The Trojans tacked on their third run in the top of the sixth inning on a wild throw that got away from the Wolves down the first base line. Rosenberger controlled the damage well as that turned out to be his final inning of the afternoon. He gave way to senior Cory Brown (Ocean, N.J.) in the top of the seventh with Newberry trailing Anderson 3-1.
Newberry put men on first and second with no outs in the bottom half of the sixth inning after a walk and a Martinez bunt single. Freshman Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) laid down what seemed to be a nice sacrifice bunt, but Trojan third baseman Zach McIlroy made a fantastic bare handed play to nab the runner going to third. Kosch drew his second walk of the evening to load the bases with one out. Michael Skelly came on for Anderson and picked up a strikeout and a groundout to stave off disaster for the Trojans.
Anderson broke open the scoring in the top of the eighth as Cooper drew a one-out walk followed by a Cash triple to right center field to score Cooper from first and put Anderson up 4-1. Stephen McKnight came up two batters later with runners on first and third to produce a double down the right field line making the score 5-1 in favor of the Trojans. Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) came on in relief of Brown with the runners at second and third. A wild pitch and a McIlroy single put the Trojans up to the final score of 7-1.
Patrick Clarey (Meggett, S.C.) made his collegiate debut for the Wolves and pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning. However, Mitchell Cooksey closed the door on Newberry as he recorded 1-2-3 innings in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings for Anderson.
The Wolves and Trojans will continue their South Atlantic Conference battle tomorrow with a double header starting at 1 p.m.