HARROGATE, Tenn. – The Newberry College Wolves picked up a series win in hostile territory on Saturday as they split in the twinbill Saturday against the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters.
The Wolves (6-3, 4-2 South Atlantic Conference) strung together 20 hits and plated 20 runs en route to a 20-7 victory in game one. The Railsplitters (4-7, 3-3 SAC) took game two as they answered with 15 runs and 16 hits to make a final score of 15-9.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) led a Newberry lineup that produced nine players recording two or more hits in both games. Baur went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, a triple, a homerun and accounted for 10 runs, scoring five and driving in as many. Sheridan was 4-for-7 with a double, triple, six runs batted in and three runs scored.
Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) picked up five hits in 10 trips to the plate with a pair of doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) picked up four hits of his own while Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) added three.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) picked up his South Atlantic Conference leading third win of the season to improve to 3-0 on the year. The southpaw tossed seven complete innings scattering six hits and striking out eight batters while only surrendering three runs.
The Wolves got off to sensational start sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs in the top of the first inning. Baur blasted a three-run homer to right field while Sheridan added a triple. Freshman Ben Herring (Dreher, S.C.) picked up his first collegiate hit with a double and D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) also added a double of his own in the inning.
Lincoln Memorial added one in the bottom of the first inning and two in the bottom of the second but Newberry responded with five runs in the top of third thanks in part of RBI singles by Sheridan and Sneed and a two-RBI triple by Zach White (Taylors, S.C.).
Four more were added to the board for the Wolves in the sixth with four doubles from Bradley, Baur, Herring and Martinez. Kosch singled and Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) picked up a pinch hit double before both scored on a Sheridan double.
The Railsplitters tried to remain competitive, adding three runs in the bottom of the eighth and one in the bottom of the ninth but the deficit was too great and the Wolves came away with the seonc and series-clinching win, 20-7. It also marked the second time in two trips to Harrogate that Newberry has posted 20 or more runs in a game as they defeated Lincoln Memorial 24-4 in 2013.
Newberry kept the offense going in the night cap as they put three runs in the top of the first inning to start off game number two. White scored two of the three runs in the inning on a double to left center.
The Railsplitters responded with two of their own in the bottom of the second but Newberry quickly put up two more in the top of the third as Baur recorded an RBI triple and the next batter Sneed drove Baur in with a single to center. Lincoln Memorial then put up a combined 11 runs in the third and fourth innings to go up 13-5 on Newberry. The Wolves added two runs in the fifth and sixth innings but the Railsplitters responded with one of the own in each inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Baur and Sneed scored the runs in the fifth while and pair of singles for Kosch and Bradley made the score 14-9 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. The game concluded with Lincoln Memorial coming away with a 15-9 victory to avoid the series sweep on their home turf. After the weekend Newberry is tied for second with Wingate, Carson-Newman and Anderson.
Newberry will travel to Augusta, Ga., on Tuesday to take on the GRU Augusta Jaguars at Lake Olmstead Stadium with a 4 p.m. first pitch. The Wolves will have their first mid-week home game on Wednesday against the Limestone Saints with a 4 p.m. start time.