NEWBERRY - The Newberry College Wolves baseball team looks to bounce back against the Anderson Trojans after a tough 3-2 walkoff loss to the Lander Bearcats on Tuesday evening. The Wolves have met already with the Trojans in South Atlantic Conference play, taking two of the three games to win the series on February 6-7. Newberry and Anderson are meeting in non-conference action for the first time since 2006. The then Indians split with the Trojans in a four game set. The Wolves lead the narrow overall series 27-25, however, the Trojans lead the all-time non-conferece bouts with a 20-17 mark.
WHERE: Anderson, S.C. - Anderson Memorial Stadium
WHEN: 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 4
RECORDS: Newberry 9-7, 5-4 SAC and Anderson 7-7, 5-4 SAC
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WEATHER: Cloudy skies, high of 74 degrees with winds blowing from 10 to 20 mph
There were only 12 combined hits between the Wolves and the Lander Bearcats last night. D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) led the way with a pair of doubles in three at bats. The senior also drove in a run and scored one as well. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) went 2-for-5 at the plate with a run batted in and JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) picked up the fifth and final hit for Newberry on the evening. Both teams left nine runners on-base while the Wolves were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and Lander was 1-for-9.
Freshman Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) went 4.2 innings on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits while strikingout four Bearcat hitters but also allowed four free passes. Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) was outstanding in his 3.1 innings of relief as he did not allow a hit or a run. The sophomore walked three and struck out four Lander batters. Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) was tagged with his first loss after a one-out double scored the winning run from first base in the bottom of the ninth for the walkoff win.
When the Wolves last met the Trojans, Anderson took the Friday night game 7-1 as Newberry left 13 men on-base and were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. LJ Newman and Steven Cooper went a combined 5-for-9 at the plate with four runs scored for Anderson while Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Martinez each tallied a pair of hit apiece.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) dominated game two as he went six and one-third innings, scattering six hits while allowing only a single earned run and struck seven Trojans without surrendering a walk. The Wolves tallied all four of their runs in the 4-1 game in the sixth inning, picking up 2-RBI doubles from catcher Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and pinch-hitter Zach White (Taylors, S.C.). Anderson answered with a single run in the top of the seventh but were unable to score in the eighth or ninth. Brett Cash and Stephen McKnight both went 2-for-4 in the game for the Trojans.
Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) went the distance for Newberry, tossing all seven innings and allowed just two earned runs. The senior struck out four while only walking one batter and gave up just six hits. Michael Gonzalez (Wilson, Ore.) picked up two hits in three trips to the plate with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the 6-2 win for the Wolves. Sneed also picked up a pair of hits in three at bats that drove in a pair.
Sneed led Newberry at the plate with 5 hits in 11 at bats with a pair of doubles and four runs batted in. Kosch was 4-for-10 with a pair of runs scored while Martinez and Gonzalez each had three hits apiece.
The Wolves will send senior righty Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) to the mound this afternoon for his third start of the season. So far on the year Roberts has a 2-0 record with a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings pitched. He has surrendered 12 and seven earned runs but has a 13:4 strikeout to walk ratio. Opposing batters are hitting .261 against him so far this season.
Anderson will counter with southpaw Stephen McKinght. The sophomore will make his second start of the season as he received a no-decision in his first outing after going one and two-thirds innings allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.