NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves picked up a Saturday sweep of the Anderson University Trojans to improve to 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. Senior duo Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) and Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) picked up the wins for the Wolves.
Newberry is tied for second in the South Atlantic Conference while the Trojans fall to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in SAC play.
Game One: Newberry 4, Anderson 1
Camp gave the Wolves a “Camp like” start according to Newberry head coach Russell Triplett. The senior southpaw tossed 6.1 innings scattering six hits and only allowing one run while striking out seven Trojans and not allowing a walk. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) led Newberry offensively with a 3-for-4 performance while Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) added a pair of hits and runs batted in.
Anderson threatened in the top of the first inning as the Trojans had men on first and second with two outs. Brett Cash hit a ground ball through the right side as head coach Joe Miller waved the runner home. Right fielder Michael Gonzalez (Wilsonville, Ore.) came up firing and threw a rocket to the chest of Sneed who tagged out the runner at the plate and ended the inning for Anderson.
The Wolves put three runners in scoring position through three innings but could not push a run across. Camp worked out of two more jams, getting two straight outs to stand a Trojan runner at third in the third and keeping a runner at second in the fourth.
Newberry got on the board in a big way in the bottom of sixth as Kosch led off the inning with an infield single. Gonzalez walked and a fly out to right center put runners on the corners with one out. Sneed blasted a double off the left field wall to score Kosch from third and Gonzalez from first. With the Wolves up 2-0, a walk and a strikeout brought about a pinch hit opportunity for freshman Zach White (Taylors, S.C.), his first collegiate at bat. White went back side with a 1-0 fastball that one hopped the left centerfield wall to drive in Sneed and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Trojans responded with a run of their own in the top of the seventh as Cash led off with a single to right field and moved up on a wild pitch. Center fielder Stephen McKnight hit a ground ball that found a hole in the right side of the infield to bring home Cash from second. John Mason Reynolds (Taylors, S.C.) came on in relief of Camp and faced three batters before giving way to Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) who tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief without allowing a hit and striking out a batter.
Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) came on in the ninth to slam the door on Anderson and preserve the 4-1 Newberry victory, picking up his second save after facing five Trojans in the ninth.
Game Two: Newberry 6, Anderson 2
The Wolves looked to Cromer to complete the sweep for the day and he was masterful, tossing a complete game, seven innings, while scattering six hits allowing two runs and striking out four batters.
The North Augusta native got into a jam early in the top of the second inning as Anderson got back-to-back singles form Cash and catcher L.J. Newman. A sacrifice bunt put the runners on second and third with only one out, but Cromer was not fazed. The senior struck out the next batter and after a catcher’s interference call, the bases were loaded with two outs. A ground ball to the shortstop ended the Anderson threat and the Wolves escaped unscathed.
Newberry got on the board first again as Kosch reached on a muffed throw by the Trojan starter Cody Sheffield at first base. Gonzalez followed up with a single off the glove of diving third baseman Tyler Miller to put runners on first and second with two outs. Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) drew a walk to load the bases for Sneed. Sheffield balked home the first run as a flinch was caught by the home plate umpire to put the Wolves on the board. After a strike on the first pitch, Sneed sent another laser into the gap in left center field to score Gonzalez and Baur and give Newberry a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans responded with two runs in the top of the fourth inning as back-to-back singles by Cash and designated hitter Travis Smith put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt moved each up 90 feet and a ground out and wild pitch forced the score to 3-2.
The Wolves received a little cushion in a big way in the bottom of the sixth inning as D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) laced a single back up the middle with one out. A walk and a strikeout brought up Gonzalez who deposited a 0-1 pitch into the ocean behind left field to put Newberry up 6-2.
Cromer had 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and six and recorded the first two outs of the seventh in just five pitches. Miller kept the Trojan hopes alive as he hit a single back up the middle. However, Cromer put away the final out on a ground ball to second base and Wolves clinched the series victory.
Sneed went 4-for-7 in the two games combined with four runs batted in and a run scored. Kosch was 3-for-8 with a pair of runs scored for the afternoon.
Newberry will travel to Milledgeville, Ga., on Tuesday for a big non-conference matchup with the Georgia College Bobcats. They will then travel to Harrogate, Tenn., next weekend for their second South Atlantic Conference series with the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters.