ANDERSON – The Newberry College baseball team picked up its third win of the season versus the Anderson Trojans with a 9-7 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Anderson Memorial Stadium.
The teams combined for 23 hits but Newberry out-hit the Trojans with runners in scoring position as the Wolves were 6-of-16 while Anderson was held to 3-for-9.
Freshman Ben Herring (Hopkins, S.C.) had a career day in his second start behind the dish in a Newberry uniform as he was perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a triple, three runs scored and a run batted in.
Senior shortstop D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) tallied three hits in five trips to the plate with a run scored and an RBI while Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs batted in and a run scored.
Senior staff ace Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) made his first start in the outfield since April 6, 2014 and was 2-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in.
Senior right-hander Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) recorded the win to move to 3-0 on the year as he went six complete. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits while mowing down nine Trojan batters, one shy of his career high against Catawba back on February 23, 2013, and surrendering only one free pass.
Seniors Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) and Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) each tossed scoreless innings in relief with Rosenberger totaling three strikeouts and Cromer picked up one.
Sophomore Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) pitched the ninth inning, surrendering two runs on three hits, but did strike out two of the three batters he got out.
Stephen McKnight was tagged with his first loss of the year for Anderson surrendering six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits. Austin Smith gave up two runs and JT Trujillo surrendered one. Andrew Dill and Mitchell Dill threw scoreless relief as Dill went the seventh and eighth while Cooksey appeared in the ninth.
Steven Cooper led Anderson offensively with a 3-for-5 afternoon and LJ Newman was 2-for-4 for the Trojans. Cooper drove in two runs while Newman picked up three runs batted in.
Newberry started the scoring fiasco in the top of the second as Camp hit a two-out double down the right field line and scored on a double down the left field line by Herring. Herring later scored on a single from Martinez to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead after the end of the top half of the second.
The Wolves added another in the third as Baur drew a one-out walk and scored on a two-out double down the right field line by Ty Powell (Charleston, S.C.).
Anderson answered with two of their own as an error extended the inning and allowed a leadoff walk and a fielder’s choice to cross the plate to cut the lead to 4-2.
Newberry answered right back with four runs in the top of the fourth as Herring doubled to left center and was followed up by a Martinez single to center. Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) walked to load the bases and an error on the Trojan’s catcher extended the inning for the Wolves. Baur ripped a double to left center that scored a pair to complete the scoring for the inning and give Newberry a 7-2 lead.
The Wolves put up another in the top of the fifth as Herring tripled to center field and scored on a Martinez infield single to make the score 8-2.
The Trojans cut the lead to 8-5 with three runs on a three-run home run from Newman in the home half of the fifth.
Newberry answered with their final run in the top of the sixth as a leadoff walk by Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.) came around to score on a base hit to left from Camp to put the score at 9-5.
Anderson had one more rally as they led off bottom of the ninth with a home run and a double to right field. The runner later came around to score on a double to right center with two-outs to cut the score to 9-7 but a fly ball to center field was tracked down by Camp to end the threat and the ball game.
Newberry moves to 10-7 on the year while Anderson falls to 7-8. The Wolves return home this weekend for a two-game series with Davis & Elkins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be single, nine-inning contests.