NEWBERRY - The Newberry College Wolves baseball team moved to 12-7 on the year with 13-1 and 7-0 victories over the Davis & Elkins Senators this past weekend. The Wolves will look to sweep the North Greenville Crusaders as this will be the only match up between the two schools this season and only the seventh meeting since 1996. The Wolves own a 4-2 record in the previous six games, going 2-1 in both Tigerville and Newberry.
WHERE: Tigerville, S.C.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Monday, March 9
RECORDS: Newberry 12-7, 5-4 SAC and North Greenville 11-11, 6-3 CC
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NGCrusaders.com
LIVE STATS: http://www.NGCrusaders.com
WEATHER: Cloudy, high of 67 degrees with slight winds and a 20% chance of rain
Newberry was able to pull out the sweep of Davis & Elkins thanks to the hot bat of Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) who went 5-for-8 at the plate with a double, two home runs, four runs scored and five runs batted in. He currently leads the South Atlantic Conference in home runs (8), runs batted in (28), total bases (69), doubles (9) and slugging percentage (.932). The left-handed first baseman sits fourth in batting average (.432) and on-base percentage (.528) while ranking fifth in hits (32) and third in triples (2) and runs scored (25).
Senior Causey Stanland (Anderson, S.C.) also swung the bat well over the weekend, tallying three hits in six trips to the plate that included a double, home run, two runs scored and six runs batted in. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.), Ben Herring (Hopkins, S.C.) and Robert Kosch (Clemson, S.C.) each picked up a trio of hits apiece for the Wolves.
Newberry tallied a combined ERA of 0.50 for the weekend as seniors Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) and Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) earned the wins on the hill. Camp threw six innings while allowing one run on seven hits and struck out five to improve to 4-1 on the year. Cromer tossed seven innings of one-hit, shutout baseball while fanning five Senators bump up his record to 3-2.
The Wolves will send freshman lefty Robert Westenrieder (Taylors, S.C.) to the mound to face the hot Crusader bats. The southpaw has a 1-0 record with a 3.78 ERA in four appearances, two of which have been starts. He has logged 16.2 innings, surrendering nine runs, seven earned, while striking out 14 batters and allowing 12 free passes. The opposition is batting .266 against him so far this season.
North Greenville is in their first year under skipper Landon Powell, a former University of South Carolina standout and catcher for the Oakland Athletics. Powell has his team hitting an even .300 so far in 2015 with 214 hits, including 42 doubles, five triples and 13 home runs. The Crusaders have scored 148 runs in 22 games while carrying a .428 slugging percentage and a .387 on-base percentage. This team is also very aggressive on the bases, swiping 50 bases in 54 tries in their games to date.
Senior Allen Staton and freshman Jae Roberts have been driving the offensive production as Staton is batting .396 and Roberts is right on his heels at .393. Staton has totaled 38 hits which includes 12 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 16 runs batted in, a .635 slugging percentage, a .444 on-base percentage and has also scored 23 runs. The Laurens, S.C., native has swiped seven bases in eight attempts while leading the team in hits, doubles, runs scored and is tied for the lead in home runs.
Roberts, a freshman transfer from the University of South Carolina, is hitting well beyond his years in a North Greenville uniform. The Columbia, S.C., native has 22 hits with five doubles, three home runs and has scored 12 runs. He leads the Crusaders in runs batted in (19), walks (19), slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.553).
Despite the offensive production the Crusaders have seen their struggles on the mound, toting a 6.31 team ERA. They have allowed 236 hits and 168 runs, 127 earned, in 181 innings pitched. As a staff they have surrendered 102 walks while striking out 146 batters. The opposition is hitting .312 against NGU in 2015.