February 10, 2015123456789RHE
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Win: Robert Westenrieder (1-0) 4.000035
Loss: Michael McKinney (0-1) 1.156630
Robert Kosch (NBY) 623200
Jeff Sneed (NBY) 513200
Jacob Bass (NBY) 423200
Jake Sandlin (GC) 222120
Clay Ardeeser (GC) 412110
Colton Montgomery (GC) 402000
Wolves tackle No. 26 Bobcats, 10-5

Wolves tackle No. 26 Bobcats, 10-5
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Newberry College Wolves pulled out a major upset over the 26th ranked Georgia College Bobcats on Tuesday afternoon, pounding out 14 hits and scoring ten runs to rout the Bobcats in their 2015 home opener 10-5.

Newberry was 4-20-2 in the all-time series versus Georgia College in Milledgeville before pouncing out to a 9-2 lead Tuesday afternoon. The Wolves were able to stave off the Bobcats comeback to improve to 4-2 overall (2-1 SAC) on the year while Georgia College fell to 0-4 (0-0 PBC) on the young season.

Freshman southpaw Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) picked up his first collegiate win in his first appearance in a Wolves uniform after tossing four scoreless innings. The Blue Ridge HS alumnus did not surrender a hit while striking out five Bobcat hitters.

Sophomore Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) threw 1.2 innings scattering three hits and striking out three while not allowing a run. Junior Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) came on in the ninth and sealed the win for Newberry. Even though he did not pick up the save he did fan two of the three Georgia College batters he faced.

Redshirt sophomore catcher Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and sophomore second baseman Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) continued their hot hitting from this past weekend against Anderson. Each totaled a trio of hits apiece with Kosch scoring two runs and drove in a pair as well. Sneed picked up a double, two runs batted in and scored a run while recording 10 putouts defensively. He also extended his hitting streak to six games as he has picked up a hit in each game so far this season. 

Freshman centerfielder Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) picked up his first multi-hit game in a Newberry uniform going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in. He also swiped his first stolen base of his career. Fellow newcomer Zach White (Taylors, S.C.) also tagged his first multi-hit game of his career as he was 2-for-3 at the plate while scoring a run, driving in a run and recording two walks.

The Wolves got off the bus in Milledgeville swinging the bats as Kosch led off the top of the first with a single right back up the middle. D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him over to second base before Sneed found the six hole for an RBI single to get things rolling for Newberry.

Georgia College had an answer in the bottom of the first as Jake Sandlin led off with a walk and later scored on an RBI single by first baseman Clay Ardeeser to notch things up a one apiece.

Newberry responded in a big way in the top of the second as Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Bass sacrifice bunt. Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) put runners on the corners with two outs with a single right back up the middle. Kosch laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt and the Bobcats did not cover first to give Kosch a bunt RBI single and put runners on first and second with one out.

After back-to-back walks from Martinez and Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) the scored stood at 3-1 with the Wolves in the lead. Singles from Sneed and White put the score up at 5-1. Jason Taylor (Woodruff, S.C.) hit into a fielder’s choice in his first collegiate at-bat, but did record an RBI to send the score to 6-1 in favor of Newberry.

Newberry starter Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C), who made his first appearance in a Newberry uniform since 2013 on Tuesday, recorded two quick outs before surrendering a two-out walk to Taylor Giesel. Colton Montgomery singled through the right side before moving up 90 feet to second while Giesel advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sandlin picked up an infield single on an almost incredible play deep behind second base by Kosch but plated Giesel to cut the score to 6-2. However, Roberts minimized the damage and recorded a fly out to end the inning.

The Wolves tacked on one run in the top of the third as Martinez drove in Bass on a single back up the middle with two outs to push the score to 7-2.

Bass drove a double to the right centerfield gap in the top of the fourth with two outs that scored White and Sneed to make a seven run deficit for Georgia College.

The fifth, six and top of the seventh innings went by quietly but the Bobcats made one final push in the bottom of the seventh. Sandlin led off the inning with a double followed a batter later by a one out walk to put runners on the corners with one out. Dylan Cook singled up the middle and the next batter Steve Hazel singled to load up the bases.

DeLee came on in relief of Marshall Rentz (Charleston, S.C.) who started the inning. The sophomore right hander gave up a single that plated two runs to make the score 9-5 beofre forcing a 4-6-3 double play to end the Bobcat threat.

Newberry added on one more run in the top of the ninth as Kosch slapped a hanging breaking ball through the six hole to score Bass from second and send the score to 10-5. Nations needed only eight pitches in the bottom of the frame to retire Georgia College in order and send the Wolves home with their first win in John Krutz Stadium since their marathon 14-13 win in 2011.

“That was a big win for our program,” head coach Russell Triplett said. “That is a very good ball club that battled toe-to-toe with number two team in the country this past weekend and we beat them on their home field. They will be in contention as one of the top teams in the country at the end of the season and that is a big win to have on our resume as we continue to work towards the postseason.”

Triplett also added, “We have a lot of guys who have been battling sickness the past week, so having young guys (and some older ones too) step up in a big game like that and play well makes the win that much sweeter.”

That win will play a major factor going into this weekend's South Atlantic Conference battle as the Wolves will travel to Harrogate, Tenn., to take on the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters (3-5, 2-1 SAC). Friday will be a single nine-inning contest with a 4 p.m. start time followed by a Saturday twin bill with first pitch at 1 p.m.