BREVARD, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves dropped a Saturday twin bill to the Brevard Tornados with scores of 9-3 and 5-0 at Gil Coan Field. Newberry drops to 12-11 on the year with a 5-6 record in South Atlantic Conference play while the Tornados improve to 12-12 overall and 7-9 in conference action.
The Wolves hitting woes with runners in scoring position continued as they went a combined 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in both games and left 17 runners on base.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) led Newberry offensively with five hits in eight trips to the plate which included his second home run of the season. Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) each tallied four hits apiece with Bass also driving in pair and Sheridan crossed the plate twice.
Newberry jumped on the board first in the top of the second inning as Sheridan got on with a hit and came around to score on a single through the right side from Bass to give the Wolves a 1-0 advantage.
Brevard answered right back with one of their own in the bottom half of the frame as single down the left field line later came around to score on a sacrifice fly.
The Wolves added another in the top of the fourth with Sheridan recording his second hit of the game and scoring on a two-out bunt single by Bass to put Newberry back on top 2-1.
The knife in the back for the Wolves came in the home half of the fifth as the Tornados put up six runs to take a 7-2 lead.
A run in the sixth and another in the seventh extended the margin to 9-2 in favor of Brevard before Bradley cranked a fastball over the right field fence for a solo shot in the top of the ninth that eventually ended the scoring at 9-3.
Bradley was 4-for-5 in the contest with a home run while Sheridan went 3-for-3 at the plate and Bass tied his career high with three hits in four trip to the plate and also added a pair of runs batted in.
Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) was tagged with the loss to drop to 4-2 on the year after going seven complete innings and allowing nine runs, only four of which were earned, on twelve hits while striking out five.
Patrick Clarey (Megget, S.C.) tossed a scoreless inning of relief and did not allow a batter to reach base.
Newberry saw multiple chances to produce runs but could not convert as they dropped a 5-0 decision in the second game. This is the first time Newberry has been held scoreless since April 6, 2014, in a 2-0 loss to Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The Wolves were held to just four hits as Bradley, Sheridan, Bass and Zach White (Taylors, S.C.) each picked up singles in the contest.
Outside of the second and third innings Wolves’ starter Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) only allowed one other batter to reach base and went 1-2-3 in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Brevard crossed two runs in the second and tabbed three in the third to complet the scoring for the ball game.
Cromer threw six complete innings allowing five runs, all earned, on seven hits while striking out four.
The Newberry offense had three different opportunities to score as they loaded the bases with less than two outs but the Tornados' pitching staff worked out the jam unscathed. The second chance came when Sheridan reached third with two outs in the fourth but did not cross and lastly as runners at second and third with one out were left stranded to end the game.
The Wolves will look to avoid the series sweep tomorrow with a 1 p.m. first pitch in a single, nine-inning showdown.