NEWBERRY - The Newberry College baseball team is coming off a huge upset win over the No. 26 ranked Georgia College Bobcats on Tuesday in Milledgeville, Ga. The Wolves look to carry that momentum into a South Atlantic Conference showdown with the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters. Newberry and Lincoln Memorial have finished in consecutive spots in the South Atlantic Conference regular season standings the past three years.
WHERE: Harrogate, Tenn. - Lamar Hennon Field
WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, February 13 and 12 p.m., Saturday, February 14 DH
RECORDS: Newberry 4-2 and Lincoln Memorial 3-5
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LIVE STATS: http://www.lmurailsplitters.com
WEATHER: Friday - high of 36 degrees and partly cloudy skies. Saturday - high of 45 degrees with a 50% chance of rain/snow showers
This will only be the second time the Wolves and Railsplitters have met in the month of February with the first being when Lincoln Memorial traveled to the Smith Road Complex for the opening South Atlantic Conference series last season and Newberry taking the series 2-1.
Newberry rode an offensive explosion in the first four innings of the contest in Milledgeville on Tuesday, scoring nine of their 10 runs. Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) made his first apearance in a Newberry uniform an unforgetable one as he took over for starter Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) in the third inning and tossed four innings of scoreless relief without allowing a hit. His performance earned him the victory in which he also struck out five Bobcat batters, a game high for either side. Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.), Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) led the Wolves offensively, each tallying three hits apiece. Sneed picked up a double and two RBIs while increasing his season batting average to .435 to lead Newberry. He also leads the team with 10 hits, seven RBIs and has hit safely in every game thus far. Kosch has come alive this past week as he has gone 7-for-16 with two runs batted in and four runs scored. At Georgia College he was 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs and runs scored. Bass picked up his first multi-hit game in a Wolves uniform as he was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He also picked up his first career stolen base. Zach White (Taylors, S.C.) went 2-for-3 in the contest, his first multi-hit game for Newberry, with an RBI and run scored while D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) was only 1-for-2 in the contest, but walked, was hit by two pitches, laid down a sacrafice bunt, scored a run and drove in one as well.
Lincoln Memorial is coming off a big South Atlantic Conference series victory over the Wingate Bulldogs. The Railsplitters took games one and two with scores of 8-6 and 11-8, respectively. The Bulldogs were able to salvage the third game and avoid the sweep with an 11-7 margin. Logan Augustine leads the Railsplitter offensive attack, hitting .440 on the season with 11 hits with one double, one home run and five RBIs. He also has six walks to carry a .548 on-base percentage. Wes Beiderland is another potent offensive threat as he is hitting .364 with 12 hits including a double and seven runs batted in. Lincoln Memorial is third in batting average and slugging percentage in the South Atlantic Conference.
On the mound Newberry will send righthanders Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) and Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) to the mound in games one and three, respectively. Rosenberger is 0-1 on the season thus far with a 4.66 ERA. He has eight strike outs in 9.2 innings pitched. Cromer carries a 1-1 record with a 7.00 ERA and six strike outs in 9.0 innings pitched. Game two will feature senior southpaw Wesley Camp. The staff ace is tied for the conference lead with two wins and ranks fifth in ERA with a 0.67 mark in a SAC leading 13.2 innings pitched. The Pelion, S.C., native also has 13 strikeouts on the season which ranks seventh in the conference. On the tail end of games Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) has been outstanding. The junior righthander sealed the deal in Milledgeville with a 1-2-3 outing and currently is tied for first in the SAC with a pair of saves.
The Railsplitters will send Brandon Jean, Grant Painter and Wes Todd to the mound. The trio are all 0-1 on the season thus far. Grant carries a 6.95 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched. Jean has 12 strikeouts which ranks ninth in the conference and carries a 10.13 ERA. Todd has a 12.38 ERA and seven strike outs on the season. Senior righthander Nick Morabito has picked up two of Lincoln Memorial's three wins on the mound out of the bullpen. Morabito has a 2-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in four appearances so far in 2015. He has struck out six and given up 10 hits in 9.1 innings of work.