NEWBERRY - It will have been a week since the Newberry baseball team has seen the field when they host the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions on Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Road Complex. Rain, snow and cold weather have been the enemy of teams all across the southeast for the past week and Mother Nature does not seem to be letting up. The Wolves will have to battle the rain and cold on Wednesday if they are going to get the game in before a big South Atlantic Conference bout with the Catawba College Indians this weekend.
WHERE: Newberry, S.C. - Smith Road Complex
WHEN: 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 25
RECORDS: Newberry 7-4 and Lincoln 0-0
LIVE AUDIO: N/A
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE STATS: http://www.NewberryStats.com
WEATHER: 45 degrees with light winds and a 90% chance of rain in the afternoon
Newberry exploded offensively for the second 20-run outing in four games last Wednesday as they routed the Limestone Saints 20-5 at the Smith Road Complex after facing a tough 5-4 walk-off defeat last Tuesday against the GRU Augusta Jaguars in Augusta. Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been tearing the cover off the ball the past two weeks and went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate against the Saints with a pair of home runs, five runs scored and seven RBIs en route to hitting for the cycle. Over the two game span last week he hit .700 (7-for-10) with a double, triple, two home runs, five runs scored, nine RBIs and 16 total bases.
In the past five games Baur has been nearly unstoppable, picking up 14 hits in 20 plate appearances (.700) with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 13 runs scored, 14 RBIs, a 1.550 slugging percentage and a .769 on-base percentage. He currently ranks second in doubles, triples and slugging percentage and is third in home runs, total bases and runs scored.
In that same span Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.), JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) have also been hot at the plate. Sheridan is 10-for-21 (.476) with a pair of doubles, a triple and 11 RBIs while Bradley has also tallied 10 hits, including two doubles, for a .455 average but has crossed the plate eight times for the Wolves. Kosch has been a fantastic leadoff man as he is hitting .391 (9-for-23) in the five games with four walks and 10 runs scored.
This will be the 2015 opener for the Lions as they were supposed to play a double header at Benedict, but that was postponed due to the weather. Lincoln is coming off of a 2-31 season a year ago, picking up both of their wins in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Lions hit .222 as a team a year ago and carried a 8.38 ERA as a staff.
Newberry will send senior righthander Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) to the mound for his third start of the year. Roberts picked up his first win since 2013 a week ago as he went six complete scattering five hits and allowing four earned runs. He struck out five Saint batters but did not surrender a walk. On the year Roberts has thrown eight innings with a 6.75 ERA. He has allowed only six runs and carrying a 2:1 strikeout to walk ration, six strikeouts and three walks.