February 27, 2015123456789RHE
Win: Sean Grant (1-0) 1.252221
Loss: Jonathan Rosenberger (0-2) 4.076316
T.J. Wharton (CAT) 624300
Albert Baur (NBY) 625402
Baur knocks out a pair, but Wolves fall to Indians

Baur knocks out a pair, but Wolves fall to Indians
Friday, February 27, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves dropped an offensive contest to the Catawba College Indians on Friday night as the Indians pulled out a 12-8 victory. The Wolves drop to 8-5 overall and 4-3 in the South Atlantic Conference while the Indians improved to 10-3 and 4-2 in league play.

In the game there were 31 total hits and 20 runs scored with Newberry picking up 17 hits, including four home runs, to lead the Indians but the Wolves also committed three errors that proved to be costly at the end of the game.

Newberry and Catawba were almost identical in their hitting statistics as both teams were 9-of-24 with runners on and Newberry was 7-of-14 with two outs while Catawba was 6-of-16. However, the Indians were 7-of-21 with runners in scoring position while they held the Wolves to only 4-of-11.

Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied his second five hit effort of the season as he was 5-for-6 at the plate and also tallied his second game of the year with a pair of home runs and his second outing with four runs batted.

D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) tallied his first three hit game of the season as he was 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) each posted two hits and both had a home run. Sheridan also added two runs batted in while Schrenker had a pair of walks.

After the Indians went 1-2-3 in the top of the first, JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) tripled to leftfield to leadoff the game for Newberry. Baur came up next and put the Wolves on the board with a bang as he drove a first pitch change-up over the 400 sign in dead center field for a two-run home run and give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead.

A double, triple and a groundout to shortstop in the top half of the second knotted the game up at two apiece.

The Indians added six more runs before the Wolves answered in the home half of the fifth. Baur led off the inning with his second home run of the game as he hammered a 1-0 pitch over the right centerfield fence to begin the scoring.

Sheridan followed two batters later with his first homerun of the year, a solo shot over the left field fence. Ty Powell (Charleston, S.C.) picked up a pinch hit walk and later scored on a base hit from Martinez to cut the lead to 8-5.

Catawba added a pair in the top of the sixth as a double and a sacrifice fly pushed the score to 10-5.

After no score in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, Schrenker led off the bottom of the seventh with an opposite field blast to put Newberry within four.

The Indians immediately answered again with two in the top of the eighth but the Wolves did not go away as Bradley recorded a one-out walk and was followed up by a single from Baur to put runners on first and second with one away. Sheridan hit a single right back up the middle to plate Bradley and at the end of the inning the score stood at 12-7.

Catawba failed to score in the top half of the ninth and the Wolves tried to mount a comeback in the home half. A one-out single by Martinez was followed up two batters later by Bradley who drew a walk. Baur picked up his fifth and final hit with a single to right center that plated Martinez and moved Bradley to third. A flyout to right ended the game for the Wolves with the 12-8 final score.

Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) was tagged with the loss for Newberry while Sean Grant picked up his first win of the season for the Indians. Ryan McClintock logged his third save on the year for Catawba.

The Wolves will look to rebound on Saturday as they have a double header with the Indians scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.