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Loss: Daniel Nations (1-1) 0.121100
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Wolves drop heart breaker to Lander

Wolves drop heart breaker to Lander
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

GREENWOOD – The Newberry Wolves suffered their second walkoff defeat of the season as the Lander Bearcats picked up an RBI double to the left center gap to take a 3-2 victory in Dolny Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Wolves and Bearcats both struggled to produce offensively as they each left nine men on base and both only recorded a single hit with runners in scoring position, Newberry going 1-for-10 and Lander was 1-for-9.

Newberry tallied five hits and the Bearcats picked up seven, two in the bottom half of the ninth. D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) led the Wolves offensively going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a run batted in. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) also tallied a pair of hits and five plate appearances while scoring a run. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) picked up the fifth hit in the ball game.

Pitching was the name of the game in this matchup as both squads tallied eight strikeouts on the day but also surrendered 13 combined walks but made big pitches to get out of pressure situations.

Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) got the start on the mound for Newberry, going four and two-thirds innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs. The freshman southpaw also totaled four strikeouts and as many walks. Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless and hitless relief, striking out four and giving up three walks. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) was tagged with his first loss on the year after one-third of an inning, dropping him to 1-1 on the season.

Lander’s Will Jones recorded his third win, a team high, to move to 3-1 in an inning of relief. Starter Logan Pemberton went three complete surrendering two runs on three hits while walking a pair. Andrew Reardon followed up Pemberton with three scoreless innings of relief, picking up a trio of strikeouts and surrendering as many walks. Cameron Tekker struck out four and gave up one hit in two innings of work while giving up one free pass.

Newberry started off the game by getting a runner to third with two outs as Bradley picked up his single through the left side but was unable to cross the plate for the Wolves.

Westenrieder worked out of a jam in the bottom of the frame as Lander loaded the bases with two outs but the freshman picked up a big strikeout to end the threat and leave the game scoreless after a full inning of play.

The Wolves drew first blood after six straight outs in the second as Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) drew a leadoff walk, battling through eight pitches after finding himself down 0-2 early in the at bat. Martinez followed up with a seven pitch at bat, going down in the count 1-2 before working a full count and drove a fastball down the right field line to notch his first double of the afternoon and give Newberry a 1-0 lead.

Kosch followed up Martinez by slapping a 2-0 fastball off the glove of Lander’s diving second baseman up the middle to plated the run and extend the lead to 2-0.

The Bearcats answered with a run in the bottom of the third as a leadoff single advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a ground out to the shortstop to cut the score to 2-1.

Lander threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, advancing a runner to third but Westenrieder was able to hold up the Newberry lead.

The Wolves put another in scoring position in the top of the fifth but Lander was the team to score in the inning as they converted a leadoff double into a run. Westenrieder left the game with two away and runners on first and second but DeLee came on and ended the inning after walking the bases loaded but struck a Bearcat batter to leave the score tied at two-all.

Newberry put another rally together in the top of the sixth as they got back-to-back walks but to no avail.