NEWBERRY - After dropping two of the three games in the South Atlantic Conference series to Catawba over the weekend the Wolves are now 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the SAC. They currently reside in fifth place in the league heading into this week.
WHERE: Greenwood, S.C. - Dolny Stadium
WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 3
RECORDS: Newberry 9-6, 5-4 SAC and Lander 8-8, 3-6 SAC
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
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WEATHER: High of 44 degrees with 60% chance of rain in the morning disappearing as the afternoon progresses
The Wolves have not had much success when traveling ot Greenwood as they Bearcats own a 23-7 overall record and a 12-2 mark when facing the Wolves at home.
Over the weekend the Wolves had a few fantastic performances, the most noteable being Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) throwing his second complete game shutout of his career as he helped defeat the Catawba Indians 1-0. He scatterd four hits in the outing while also totaling seven strikeouts and did not surrender a walk.
Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) continued his hot hitting streak as he went 6-for-12 at the plate with three home runs and six runs batted in. Baur is now hitting .417 (25-for-60) on the year which is sixth in the league. He also ranks sixth in hits and on-base percentage (.507). The senior first baseman leads the league in slugging percentage (.883) and home runs (6), ranks second in triples (2) and total bases (53), third in runs (20) and runs batted in (21) and is fourth in doubles with six. Baur also carries a perfect fielding percentage, is fourth with 120 total chances, fifth in put outs with 106 and leads the league in double plays as he has taken part of 11 so far this season.
Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) also swung the bat well as he was 5-for-12 with a double, home run and two runs batted in during the series. On the year the senior is hitting .443 with five doubles, a triple and a home run. He has driven in 14 runs and carries a .490 on-base percetange and a .674 slugging percentage.
Newberry will send freshman lefthander Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) to mound to face the Bearcats. So far on the year Westenrieder has a 1-0 record with a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched and has struck out 10 opposing batters. The opposition is hitting just .255 against him in his three appearances.
The Lander Bearcats are coming off one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2014 as they complied a 52-9 overall record en route to winning the NCAA Southeast Regional and making it to the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C.
So far on the year the Bearcats are batting .293 with a .414 on-base percentage and a .422 slugging percentage with 15 home runs as a team.
Lander is led by Weston Lawing who is hitting .476 on the year with eight doubles, two home runs and 15 runs batted in on the season. He is leading the Peach Belt Conference in batting average.
The Bearcats will counter Westenrieder with junior righthander Kyle Boraski. On the year Boraski has started every mid-week contest tallying a 2-1 record with a 2.03 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched.